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Celebrating Women’s Contributions 

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Below is a small part of our story in advocating for Women. The journey we are on, in forging opportunity, was made possible by all of the American Women who celebrated and shared American desserts long before us. Click here to learn fun facts of American Women, American Desserts.

Empowering Opportunities for Women and Beyond:

At Sweet Street, we are committed to providing opportunities for women and all individuals seeking to advance in their careers. We ensure that growth opportunities are available to all who strive for personal and professional development. In Pennsylvania, our Founder and CEO, Sandy Solmon, has been recognized as one of the 50 Best Women in Business, highlighting her significant contributions to the state’s economy and communities. 

We believe in learning from diverse experiences and embracing each other’s strengths. Our workplace culture fosters collaboration, cultural vibrancy, and inclusion, mirroring the diversity of our beloved city. For instance, 60% of our production supervisors have been promoted from entry level positions. 

Our Partnerships:

Sweet Street Desserts is proud to collaborate with a range of esteemed partners, including:

  • The Schmidt Center at RACC.
  • Greater Reading Chamber Alliance.
  • Manufacturer’s Resource Center.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnerships.
  • Berks County Community Foundation.
  • Literacy Council of Reading-Berks. 

These partnerships allow us to engage with our community, support local initiatives, and contribute to the growth and development of our region. Through these alliances, we strive to foster innovation, promote education, and make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families in our community.

Our efforts to provide transformational opportunities extend globally, including through initiatives like the Honduran Cocoa Program.

Supporting Women Farmers

We are delighted to collaborate with the Chef4Kids organization for our Gluten Free Manifesto Honduran Chocolate Brownie. Through our partnership and others, the Honduran Cocoa Program engages with three cocoa cooperatives across two Honduran communities, offering training, education, and support for women farmers. This initiative equips them with the skills and income necessary to uplift their families and villages, while also imparting sustainable farming practices to ensure long-term land vitality for future generations. 

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Indulge Now or Miss Out! Unleash the Power of Limited-Time-Offerings

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Desserts stand out as the perfect Limited Time Offer (LTO) for both restaurants and customers, adding a delightful and profitable dimension to the dining experience. Beyond being a sweet conclusion to a meal, desserts have a unique ability to captivate customers, drawing them in with a sense of indulgence and excitement. LTO desserts offer a dynamic and ever-changing menu that keeps customers curious and engaged. As a result, embracing dessert LTOs becomes a win-win strategy, fostering customer loyalty, and driving incremental revenue for restaurants. 

Why Our Desserts?

Desserts, beyond being a delightful conclusion to a meal, play a strategic role in enhancing the overall dining experience and contributing to the success of a restaurant. Studies show that desserts can add an average of 23.5% to check totals, boosting revenue. Moreover, servers can benefit from this as well, with tips increasing alongside the check total. The relationships between desserts and complementary desserts is evident, as almost everyone who orders dessert also opts for coffee, tea, or an after-dinner drink. Beyond the financial impact, serving quality desserts elevates customer satisfaction significantly. Satisfied customers not only return more frequently but are more likely to share their positive dining experiences, contributing to the restaurant’s reputation and success. 

Our LTO’S/Specifics.

Limited Time Offertings (LTO’s) are strategic maneuvers in the culinary world, injecting a sense of excitement and urgency into the dining experience. Datassential states that “+65% of consumers were motivated to visit an operator specifically to order an LTO within the past month.” Seasonal, holiday, and new offerings don’t just add variety to the menu; they drive sales and captivate customers. The notion of trying something “before it’s gone” taps into the human psyche, fostering a sense of adventure and exploration. LTO’s also serve as a “test run” for potential permanent additions to the menu, allowing customers to influence what becomes a lasting favorite. 

Sweet Street LTO Favorites!

New York Cheesecake:

Creamy, smooth, and satisfying. The buttery graham cracker crust provides the perfect balance to the luscious filling, making each bite a delightful symphony of sweetness and tanginess. 

Choc’late Lovin’ Spoon Cake:

The name says it all – moist and rich chocolate cake that is generously layered with velvety chocolate ganache, creating an irresistible symphony of flavors and textures. 

White Chocolate with Raspberry Cheesecake: 

Smooth white chocolate cheesecake base, perfectly complemented by a vibrant raspberry swirl. The buttery graham cracker crust adds a satisfying crunch to every bite! 

Design Suite… Calendar & Images.

Experience the Sweet Street Design Suite – your key to captivating marketing tools for brokers, distributors, and customers to elevate your dessert offerings. From visually enticing point-of-sale materials to strategies that unlock the potential for increased dessert sales, SweetStreetDesignSuite.com is your go-to destination for sweet success. Elevate your culinary journey with Sweet Street!

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Non-Commercial Demands Quality

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In the dynamic landscape of commercial markets, Sweet Street Desserts seamlessly integrates as a versatile and delectable choice. As positive trends continue shaping non-commercial operations, the morning meal daypart takes center stage, constituting a substantial portion of food service visits. 

Similar to the narrative in commercial restaurants, non-commercial visits are increasingly influenced by food-based factors, emphasizing the importance of cravings, food quality, and variety. In this landscape, Sweet Street shines as a solution that not only meets but exceeds these expectations. As digital technology transforms the foodservice industry, the focus shifts from convenient locations to the core of experience — the food. 

In a time when non-commercial visits are influenced by cravings, a quest for top-notch food quality, and a longing for variety, Sweet Street stands out as the ultimate solution. Consumers demand high-quality, fresh, and flavorful foods, and our offerings perfectly match these culinary desires. Whether featured in bakeries, catering events, micro markets, or on digital menus, our Manifesto Individually Wrapped products are tailored to meet these evolving preferences.  

  • Efficiency: The convenience of no-to-minimal labor. Ensuing a streamlined operation, freeing up time for other essential tasks. 
  • Sustainability: Zero waste with individually wrapped treats, ensuring that each bite is as fresh and delightful as the first. 
  • Versatility: Suitable for all dayparts, from morning to late night cravings. 
  • Flexibility: Cross-utilize throughout your property effortlessly, creating a consistent and satisfying culinary journey for your guests. 
  • Mindful Health Selections: What sets us apart is our dedication to better-for-you ingredients, creating desserts that not tantalize taste buds, but also align with the growing demand for high-quality, fresh and free-from options.  

Our commitment to excellence ensures that everyone keeps coming back for more. With a keen understanding of the dynamic non-commercial foodservice markets, including bakeries, catering events, micro markets, and digital menus, our products emerge as the perfect solution for customers seeking a blend of convenience, quality, and exceptional taste. Whether it’s the efficiency of Individually Wrapped cookies, bars and scones or the enticing flavors of our Manifesto® Savory XANGOS, Sweet Street ensures that every bite is a moment of pure delight, catering to the cravings and preferences of our discerning customers.

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Senior Living Solutions

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Embark on a journey of senior living solutions that are designed to infuse every moment with a sense of warmth and fullness. At Sweet Street, we understand that luscious, crave-worthy comforts are key to igniting happiness and togetherness, especially in the senior living community. 

According to Nova One Advisor, it states that in 2022, the market size of the U.S. Active Adult (55+) Community was approximated at USD $589.60 billion. It is projected to exceed USD $875.27 billion by 2032, with a forecasted compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.03% for the period from 2023 to 2032.

Embracing life to its fullest: Innovative Industry Solutions

In the realm of innovative industry solutions, a new area of senior living has emerged redefining the way residents experience their golden years. Active lifestyles, social events and “better-for-me” choices are centric to the 55+ community. 

At Sweet Street, we recognize the power of luscious, crave-worthy comforts. Our desserts serve as a perfect companion for every milestone and everyday joy, creating an atmosphere where residents and their guests can savor life to the fullest. But the benefits extend beyond taste:

Memories through Desserts

In senior living communities, it’s the experience and memories that take center stage. These moments of togetherness and joy form the heart and soul of these communities. This is where Sweet Street desserts come into play, ensuring that every shared experience is not just special but also incredibly delicious. 

Our Honduran Brownie, a beloved favorite, showcases our dedication to crafting desserts that cater to a range of tastes and occasions. Residents can enjoy it in various ways; As a simple, bite-sized treat perfect for casual conversations, a brownie bowl that allows residents to customize their dessert with a variety of toppings, or individually wrapped options for those on the move. 

For those with a taste for more fruitful, delightful option, our Vegan Banana Cake offers a versatile and wholesome choice. Whether it’s for a quick personal indulgence or a group celebration, the Vegan Banana cake is tailored to meet the diverse dessert preferences and needs of the senior living community ensuring that every bite is as delightful as the next. 

At Sweet Street, we recognize that each dessert holds the power to create cherished memories.  With our diverse selection of options and flavors, we aspire to enhance the senior living experience, one delectable bite at a time.


Active Adult Analysis Report

Individually Wrapped Desserts

Recipes & More!

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Autumn’s Delight: Fall Desserts!

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Indulge in the cozy and comforting flavors of autumn with our fall desserts! As the leaves turn to brilliant shades of red and gold, our desserts are here to satisfy your seasonal cravings. Whether you’re a fan of classic apple pies or eager to explore new, inventive creations, our fall desserts have something for everyone. Embrace the spirit of the season and treat yourself to the delicious tastes of autumn with us at Sweet Street!

The Power of One

In the world of delectable desserts and culinary creations, LTOs come especially pronounced during the seasonal and holiday periods when the taste buds tingle with anticipation, and the craving for something extraordinary grows stronger. Many restaurants and bakeries introduce special dessert menus for the colder seasons that cater to the seasonal cravings of customers. These LTOs drive more dessert sales. 

This is also a season where people want to treat themselves and their loved ones. Desserts are seen as a way to celebrate the sweetness of life, happiness, and joy of coming together. Studies show that 82.4% would order dessert when someone else at the table orders dessert.

Cozy & Heartwarming Winter LTOs:

Design Suite Overview:

Our Sweet Street Design Suite provides superior quality, customized marketing tools to brokers, distributors and customers. Nothing captivates dessert lovers like the power of suggestion – especially when it comes in the form of a gorgeous photo featuring luscious Sweet Street offerings. Let our point-of-sale materials help drive incremental sales from your dessert menu. A significant 85% of customers are swayed to indulge in a dessert when enticed by a mouthwatering photo.

Take your dessert offerings to the next level and unlock the potential for increased dessert sales. For more information on how you can sweeten the deal, explore SweetStreetDesignSuite.com today. Your sweetest creations are just a click away!

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Manifesto Break n Bake Cookies

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It all goes back to Sandy Solmon’s 2-bay garage, making classic American cookies striking the perfect balance of flavor, texture, and artfulness. This lead to the creation of our Manifesto Cookies and a full line of Manifesto Individually Wrapped Desserts.

We are all about simple indulgence and that is what our cookies bring. 

  • Permissible Indulgence: Our ManifestoⓇ Cookies are baked with wholesome ingredient to feel good about.
  • Versatility & Texture: Our 1oz cookies have more versatility and texture due to their size and shape, perfect for more creative and varied serving options. 
  • Comfort & Sharing: Cookies are often associated with comfort and nostalgia, providing a sense of warmth and familiarity.
  • Convenience: Simply break off a cube of dough, bake and enjoy.

Our Manifesto® line of treats made with ingredients that are clean and GMO free. Every batch of our hand crafted, ManifestoⓇ Break N’ Bake™ Cookies starts with our all-butter dough, free of additives and GMO’s, mixed with sustainable chocolates, cage free eggs. Made just for you with lots of love. 

Sandy’s Amazing Chocolate Chunk Manifesto®, Break N’ Bake™ Cookie + Salted Caramel Crunch Manifesto®, Break N’ Bake™ Cookie

Break em’. Bake em’. Love em’!

When it comes to serving ManifestoⓇ Break N’ Bake™ cookies, there are several approaches you can take to ensure they are enjoyable and presentable. Here are some ideas:

  • Weddings – Having smaller cookies at weddings can be a delightful and versatile for dessert options. Ways to include them in the weddings can be cookie shooters. With their unique presentation, guests can add an element of fun and interactivity to the dessert experience. They make perfect for wedding guest gifts. Guests will have something tasty to enjoy and remember your wedding by. Lastly, cookie assortment boxes for bridesmaids.
  • Gatherings/Parties – Break n Bake Cookies are perfect for gatherings and parties due to their versatility, bite-size nature, and simplicity. You can decorate them and add garnishes like sprinkles, powered sugar, chocolate drizzle, tiny marshmallows, and whipped cream to enhance the visual appeal. Our Break n Bake cookies also make the perfect bite-size ice cream cookies sandwiches. The smaller size ensures that the cookie doesn’t overpower the ice cream filling and they are more manageable to hold, especially when the ice cream starts to melt, reducing the mess and making it easier to eat the sandwich without it falling apart.
  • School Events – Cookies at school events can be a fun and creative way to enhance the overall experience to have everyone be involved. They are easy to share, versatile, and make an excellent snack option for a range of school events such as a classroom party, fundraising event, or dance event.
  • Birthdays – This dessert is perfect or birthdays because they contribute to a memorable and enjoyable birthday celebration for guests all ages. These can be placed on trays or platters for self-serve or individually wrapped for party favors. These also work well as part of a treat station setup or dessert table!

Baking Instructions

  1. Line an appropriate sized sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place frozen cookie puck topped side up (course sugar or particulates) on baking sheet and arrange (4 of a half tray, 9 on a full tray) on baking tray.
  3. Preheat oven to the desired temperature before baking.
  4. Convection oven (hot forced air) – Set at 300° F, high fan setting (if adjustable). Bake for 11 minutes.

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Breakfast All-Day

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Morning routines generally consist of rolling out of bed, throwing on any clean clothes, grabbing a hot cup of coffee, and heading right out the door. The last thing on your mind is eating, especially dessert. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day… Maple Bacon Xango’s anyone?

With time in the office or remote days at home, purchasing breakfast from restaurants and other foodservice venues have been beginning to pick up again. McDonald’s CFO, Kevin Ozan stated that breakfast  represented about 25% of the chain’s overall sales. For years, breakfast in the restaurant industry was standard bacon, toast, and eggs. Now there is a push for a more inventive offering. So what do you say, all-day breakfast? Egg-cellent! 

Reasons to upsell breakfast at your restaurant:

Early morning indulgence

Creative breakfast options

Breakfast appeals to all

More affordable alternative to dinner as a social occasion

Savory XANGOS- Your Solution to All-day Breakfast

Today, guests are explorers hungry for exciting new flavors while treasuring traditional and familiar formats. ManifestoⓇ SAVORY XANGOS™ are a modernly curated discovery of delicious regional flavors, from Central America and the Middle East to the Mediterranean. Aromatic spices, fresh herbs, naturally vibrant vegetables and smooth cage-free egg flan authentically meld in our iconic, crispy and golden tortilla. Free GMO’s and all things artificial.

Why Savory XANGOS?

What is a Savory XANGO?

  • Savory, cage-free egg flan
  • Roasted veggies and toasted spices
  • Flaky, golden pastry-like tortilla
  • Creamy, herbed cheeses

-Mediterranean Manifesto® Savory XANGOS™

Roasted red peppers, kale and caramelized onions paired with a savory cage-free egg flan seasoned with thyme, nutmeg and dijon. Finished with the creaminess of herbed feta filling rolled in a crisp, golden tortilla.

Inspired by the Mediterranean Frittata

Tradition: a delicious combo of cultures and cooking methods- eggs are beaten to a fluff as garden-fresh veggies and savory cheeses are folded in. Slowly baked in a firewood oven, until ready to be served al fresco with the entire family.

-Southwest Salsa Verde Manifesto® Savory XANGOS™

Mild spice of salsa verde- fire roasted tomatillos, Serrano and Bell peppers, sauteed onions – and crunchy tortilla chip crumbles layered and cooled by a smooth, savory blend of cheeses with roasted garlic and cayenne pepper. Wrapped in a crisp, golden tortilla.

Inspired by Chilaquiles

Tradition: For hundreds of years Mesoamerican families have sun-dried leftover tortillas and used them for breakfast the next day- providing a way to stretch resources while making a satisfying meal. In this dish, the crunchy tortillas are simmered in a sauce to soften and topped with favorites.

-Roasted Tomato Feta Manifesto® Savory XANGOS™

A mixture of smoked tomato, roasted red peppers, chilies, onions, and toasted Middle Eastern spices are layered with a smooth cage-free egg flan ribboned with fresh kale and crumbled feta. Wrapped in a crisp, golden tortilla.

Inspired by Shakshuka

Tradition: ingredients slowly cook on an open fire throughout the morning. As loved ones gather for brunch, the cast iron skillet is placed amidst a courtyard dining table for shared comfort and nourishment.

Reasons to love Manifesto® Savory XANGOS™?

Trending Flavors = Bold Solution

Individually Wrapped = No Waste

Versatile, Pre-oiled = Operationally Friendly

Familiar Format = On-The-Go Convenience

Purposeful Ingredients= Better-for-me Meal

For more, all things ManifestoⓇ Savory XANGOS™, click here.

More All-Day Breakfast Options

Breakfast comfort meets adventure. These decant recipes go beyond the usual pancakes, french toast, and waffles. There’s no need to wait until evening to indulge. Functional ingredients are flavoring the breakfast list. As breakfast makes a comeback, these meals can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Breakfast foods for dinner are most popular with consumers, at 59%, followed by lunch (49%), as a snack (39%) and for dessert (20%).

Maple Bacon Xangos

More than 2 decades have passed since our legendary Cheesecake XANGOSⓇ hit the scene. The momentous discovery of the cheesecake-filled crispy, golden tortilla dessert, dubbed the after-dinner “missing link”, forever changed the dining experience. 

Get brunch’d up with our Maple Bacon XANGOS® ! Rich, smooth cheesecake spread with crème fraiche. Top with cinnamon sugar w/ granola, crumbled with bacon and strawberries.

Click here for Maple Bacon Xango ingredients

Bonus page for more XANGOS® recipes and ideas. 

French Toast Pullmans

These French Toast Pullmans have breakfast written all over it. They’re free from GMO’s and all things artificial; additives, colors and flavors. Click here to learn more about our sustainable sourcing and ingredient initiatives.

A mainstay of breakfast, brunch and break indulgence is our Pullman Loaves:

  • Purposeful, better-for-you ingredients
  • Thaw and serve, ready to indulge
  • Comforting flavors and format
  • Versatile, breakfast, grab-and-go, plated, parfait, grilled, catering, etc.

Why All-Day Breakfast?

55% of diners love breakfast all-day and say they’d order breakfast items at any time if they were offered, Restaurant Management Statistics, 2022. No more complicated cooking methods or decisions about what dishes to rely on these streamlined plates featuring savory, smooth, and authentic dishes. You can be assured that these ingredients are savory, wholesome, and packed with nutrients. Making it more convenient to serve at your restaurant for all-day breakfast indulgence. That’s the power of exceptional food.

Resources: Homebound Consumers, Breakfast Comeback, Comfort Meets Adventure, All-Day Breakfast Is Changing Restaurants.

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Social Media & the Restaurant Industry

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Social media is one of the most relevant ways to reach customers and promote your restaurant business. It has changed the way we experience everything from day-to-day communication to eating out. 

With the rise of Instagram and Facebook, restaurant owners are seeking social media platforms to attract customers, get customer feedback, and to build customer loyalty. 

Let your customers eat with their eyes. Sharing pictures and videos of your restaurant’s menu, food preparation, and venue attracts the attention of young consumers and creates brand recognition.

  • Increased Control – Social media marketing can be controlled on a computer in the back of house or via iPhone. Studies show that 1 billion people use IG every month and while 63% of the users login everyday, 62% of people say they’ve become more interested in a brand or product after seeing it on their IG stories. 
  • Responsive Campaigns – Planning an upcoming event for your restaurant? Last minute changes? Luckily social media plans can be edited online within a matter of seconds, ensuring that your customers will get the correct information quickly. 
  • Ongoing Interaction – Whether positive or negative feedback, it is important that you acknowledge criticism and be openly grateful that you are listening to your customers. By taking the time to read and respond to comments, you can learn a lot about your audience is enjoying and what they want to see more of. 

From GrubHub, 45% of customers say they’ve tried out a new restaurant after seeing its post on social media. Everyone loves having something to celebrate. Incorporating micro food holidays into your social media strategy can lead hungry diners to check out your cuisine. 

#ShareSweetness on social media! 

The purpose of our toolkit is to provide insights, tips, and resources for promoting your offerings on social media. Let us help you connect with takeout and delivery customers and build higher check averages through the lusciousness of Sweet Street desserts. From our Sweet Street Fall/Winter Mix-Up magazine, 60% of American consumers order delivery at least once a week which leads to 40% of restaurant revenue that makes up for online orders. 

Leveraging social media is one of the most affordable and effective ways to promote your restaurant and build customer loyalty. Word of mouth is the most powerful form of advertising. Using go-to hashtags like #ShareSweetness can help encourage your customers to mention your restaurant in their own posts. 

Check out our Social Media Toolkit for more marketing solutions!

Social media has completely revamped the way we build connections. It lends a helping hand to many who need support or services when it comes to digital marketing. Most importantly, it has opened doors for various industries to gain the exposure they need to build a thriving business. 

All businesses should utilize social media marketing practices. By doing so, they can maximize opportunities, reach people in need, and provide the resources to drive more business and revenue.

Resources: Diner Study, Aging of Social Media, Social Media Holidays

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Cranberries: Health Benefits & LTO Favorites

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Cranberries, a small tart fruit, commonly used in baking to make juice and cranberry sauce, penetrates 41.2% of all US menu’s. While they have a short season, it is best to get them fresh in the grocery store around mid-October. They are grown primarily in the northeastern states and are harvested mid-September and October. As some describe them as bitter and sour, they stay fresh from October through December, which is why we only see them around the holidays. It’s never too early to start freezing some!

Fall is the time to get to know these tart berries and their wealth of nutritional benefits. From immunity to brain health, cranberries are worth adding to your healthy eating routine and/or to add to your Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts as they add a sweet, tart tang to delicious sweets. 

People call cranberries a superfood for a good reason; They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits: 

  • Immune system benefits
  • Cardiovascular system benefits
  • Anti-cancer benefits
  • Digestive benefits

Immunity Benefits:

  • Cranberries are one of the top antioxidant foods. As it is rich in vitamin C, this will help keep your immune system healthy and functioning properly. They also contain five categories of natural chemical compounds, known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. 

Cardiovascular Benefits:

  • These berries have a concentrated source of both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. A study from Food & Function, included 45 men who either consumed cranberry powder equivalent to 100g of fresh cranberries per day, or a placebo for one month. Those who consumed the cranberries, had significant progress in flow-mediated dilation (FMD) that signals improvement of heart and blood vessel function. 
  • The results in this study demonstrated consumption of cranberries as part of a healthy diet that can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by improving blood vessel function. 

Anti-Cancer Benefits:

  • Cranberries provide an average amount of vitamin C, but the main source of cranberries potential for cancer prevention comes from the package of phenolic compounds. This includes polyphenols that are found in the berries as well as a unique type of proanthocyanidin. From the University of Rochester Medical Center, “proanthocyanin may protect the heart and cardiovascular system. They may work as antioxidants and block nitrosamines from forming. They work with vitamin C to lower the risk of breast cancer, reduce the risk of blood clots, and may lower the risk of a heart attack. 
  • Individuals may differ in cancer protection from cranberries as many of the compounds are complex molecules that are broken down by gut microbes.

Digestive Benefits: 

  • Consuming cranberries have played a role in traditional treatments for the protection against urinary tract infections (UTI’s). They are the most common bacterial infections that are among women. They are mostly caused by E. coli which attaches itself to the inner surface of your bladder and urinary tract.
  • Native Americans were the first to use the cranberries for their medical conditions such as complaints, including blood disorders, stomach ailments, liver problems, and fever. 

Holiday & Menu Additions:

Want to be creative for the upcoming holidays or add desserts to your fall menu? Here’s how you can incorporate cranberries with our desserts. 

NY Cheesecake & Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce – An elegant New York cheesecake topped with a festive touch of a luscious cranberry- pomegranate sauce. Great for romantic fall dessert menus.

Iced Vanilla Bean Cupcake w/ Raspberries: Our natural, buttery vanilla cake filled with a vanilla bean-flecked cream and finished off with fresh cranberries. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas parties.

Resources: Health Benefits, Cranberry Facts, Cancer Research

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Pumpkin Season

It’s pumpkin season! The star of autumn, our fall celebrity. Pumpkins are more than a cute decoration for suburban homes or Instagram-worthy activities. These famous gourds are a robust source of nutrients with medicinal properties. This is the time of year when customers jump on their favorite pumpkin-flavored LTO’s returning to the menu. Here’s a few reasons to incorporate pumpkin flavors in your restaurant’s menu concepts. 

Nutritional Benefits

Research has found several health benefits of pumpkins including the positive effects on stabilizing blood sugar and its ability to lower blood pressure, serve as an antioxidant, and decrease inflammation and fight chronic disease. The seeds are high in protective essential fatty acids and amino acids. While the pumpkin fruit is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals ranging from potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin E, vitamin B6, iron, selenium and the precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can help boost immunity and protect against sun damage and conditions that may negatively affect eye health. Speaking of eye health, pumpkins also contain two additional phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been linked to lowering the risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Menu Additions

The nutrient density of pumpkin leads to versatility in the kitchen. Pumpkin can be used in a range of dishes and with many different flavor pairings that will spice up your recipes. The soft sweetness of a pumpkin makes it a fan favorite in custard, pies and pancakes. It works equally as well in savory dishes such as soups and pastas. Here are some ideas for incorporating pumpkin into your seasonal menu:

  • Season chopped pumpkin with fresh or dried herbs and throw it on the grill.
  • Simply sprinkle a spice blend of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger on your roasted pumpkin.  
  • Add brown sugar, molasses and walnuts to pumpkin pancakes.
  • Use onion and garlic in a pumpkin squash ravioli, soup or chili.
  • Puree pumpkin to use as a festive baking ingredient instead of eggs or oil.
  • Combine canned pumpkin with coconut milk and spice for a curry base.

Transformational Fall Toppings:

Pumpkin Chai Caramel Sauce: The iconic flavor and nutritional value of Pumpkin make it a favorite among bakers. This chai infused recipe is easy to cook-up and enjoy atop our NY Cheesecake or your favorite dessert, even delicious drizzled on fresh, crisp apple slices.

Pumpkin Whipped Cream: Quick and simple whipped cream recipe with spiced pumpkin folded in. Whip it up and top your favorite holiday dessert!

Salted Caramel Apple Pasta w/ Pumpkin Cream Sauce: Mixing our three favorite things: pasta, fall, and dessert.

Carrot Cake Corn Dogs w/ Pumpkin Sauce: A unique fall LTO bar guests will love!

Seasonal flavors, like pumpkin, offer a sense of comfort. Nostalgic seasonal flavors are widespread on LTO menus and some become so popular they stick around year-long. Pumpkin spice can trigger pleasant memories in your customers, so make one or two of these additions to your menu this fall and appeal to the masses.

Resources: HoustonChronicle | NutritionalOut

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