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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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Indulge in Cold Weather Adventures

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With fall and winter just around the corner, it’s time to plan ahead for all of the guests that cold weather adventures bring. 

Lodges, hotels, resorts and indoor amusement parks are primed to get a business boom in 2022/2023. “Domestic leisure travel spending has already surpassed pre-pandemic levels, even when adjusted for inflation.” Along with a more immersive guest experience comes upgrades to the food experience.

Great Breakfast Leads to Great Reviews

Breakfast is a daypart to win the hearts of your hotel guests. A recent Google survey found that 42.4% of guests picked breakfast as the hotel feature they most looked forward to. Before the family hits the slopes, make sure to provide an excellent experience with wholesome, luscious options. 

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. 

 

Pullman Variety #9 is available in national distribution and contains mouthwatering flavors: Orange Poppy, Lemon Glazed, Marble Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Streusel. Pre-sliced for operation ease, this variety case offers fresh flavor options for guests while providing chefs with a canvas fit for creativity. Cross-utilization of sku’s remains key in the ever changing foodservice landscape. Whether a grab-and-go option or transformed into french toast worthy of their cravings, guests will keep coming back for more Pullmans.   

CLICK HERE for more information on Pullman loaves, including Individually Wrapped. 

Satisfy Seasonal Cravings

As guests coming off the ski lift are looking for a break and indulgent Après snack, satisfy them with a warm Sandy’s Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie or a local hot drink favorite paired with an aromatic Cinnamon Streusel Pullman. What’s better after a long-day of indoor amusement park fun, than capping the night with lasting fireside memories in the lodge? Feed their nostalgia with a hot chocolate bar featuring Chewy Marshmallow Bars with a chocolate fountain for a new take on s’mores perfection. 

National Hot Chocolate Day – January 31st 

Why Sweet Street is Perfect for You

Sweetness is best shared and creates an unforgettable experience that is cherished by family and friends. Whether it is our Molten Chocolate Cake as a decadent end to a fine dining experience, a wholesome grab-and-go snack from your cafe or kiosks, or Pullman French Toast so out-of-this-world it becomes a signature on the menu…Your guests are guaranteed to revel in our ready-to-indulge desserts, worthy of their cravings with wholesome ingredients they can feel good about. 

  • Readily available in National Distribution and Redistributors. 
  • Craveable solution to be cross-utilized throughout your property.
  • Thaw and serve. Labor savings. 
  • Fresh options, with better-for-you ingredients for cafes and kiosks.
  • Indulgent add-on for catering and events.

 

Click here for French Toast Recipe

Resources: Travel Forecast

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Welcome Back: Catering to Everyone’s Needs

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Hotels and resorts provide a destination for relaxation, celebrations and gatherings; for both out-of-town guests and local patrons. As occupancy rates across the country continue to increase, large scale event bookings dominate. Customers of all types – business and pleasure- are hungry. They have an increased appetite for communal experiences and indulgent foods. You need desserts that evoke togetherness, are versatile, always delicious and most importantly AVAILABLE.

Research from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) shows that business travel, a key source of business for restaurants, should rebound to 80% of the 2019 level by the third quarter of this year. Analysis conducted for the group projects travel for business will increase overall this year by 14% from the 2021 level, with the tally topping pre-pandemic levels by 2024. 

Purposeful. Indulgent. Versatile.

Our Individually Wrapped Pullmans are strewn with wholesome, GMO-free ingredients, such as rich Saigon Cinnamon, freshly pureed, ripened bananas and scattered generously with the sweetness of sustainably sourced chocolates. All baked just-for-you with cage free eggs, pure cane sugar, rBST free dairy and free of all things artificial; colors, flavorings.

With a 10 day ambient shelf-life, you can offer an always fresh, on-the-go breakfast, afternoon pick-me-up or late night, better-for-you indulgence. Ideal for boxed meals, catered events, coffee and snack kiosks, elevating your brunch offering or a pre-portioned and contactless, signature item throughout your property. The convenience of thaw-and-serve indulgences with better-for-you ingredients, make Individually Wrapped Pullmans the ideal option to satisfy all of your customers’ cravings.

Click here to learn more about our entire Individually Wrapped Manifesto Product Line.

Cater to all of the needs. 

Wedding and event planners are getting creative with their menu offerings, as everyone is faced with overbooked venues, limited vendors, low supply, labor constraints and safety concerns. Individualized dessert offerings, such as cupcakes, continue to be trendy going into 2023. These “personalized” desserts provide a solution to the above obstacles while offering a variety of flavor options for guests.

With flavors for every occasion and craving, our Original Variety Cupcake (2090) is complete with Vanilla Bean, Chocolate on Chocolate, Jelly Roll, Peanut Butter, and Red Velvet.

 

 

Brighten up any moment with a “just for me” indulgence of our Sweet Street cupcakes.

  • Indulgent room service add-on
  • Festive menu addition to celebrate birthdays, personal milestones, anniversaries
  • Festive alternative to a traditional cakes or catered dessert display
  • Edible cupcake towers on tables as centerpieces
  • “Welcome” treat at check-in
  • “Thank You” to employees for going above and beyond

 

Satisfy Seasonal Cravings

Fall has consumers transitioning into sweater weather and comforting flavors. The smells of warmed cinnamon paired with everything pumpkin sets the stage for indulgent memories and satiated cravings. Not-so-expected autumn favorites to the menu include zucchini and legendary monster mash-ups in the form of shakes.

Cupcake Milkshake Recipe

 

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Click here for Cupcake Milkshake Recipe

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Resources: Restaurant Business

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