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Seasonal Desserts

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.

 

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Resources: Travel Forecast

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Fall-ify Menu’s with Limited Time Dessert Offerings

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Crisp cool air, crunchy leaves, and spiced aromas are filling the air around us. Autumn is in full swing, which means PSLs are back, sweaters are front and center in our closets, and boots are ready for wearing. Much like the leaves changing colors, our palettes evolve as well, allowing us to explore new foods, new ingredients and new experiences.

Let’s not forget the desserts! It’s the time of year when fall desserts are the star of the show, and your taste buds can delight in the variety of rich after-dinner sweets. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall recipes and desserts to add to your fall menu. They’re so good, you might be tempted to skip dinner and head straight for the dessert table.”

Sweet Street Fall Products

Pumpkin Swirl Pullman

Our seasonal moist Pumpkin Swirl cake is spiced up with Chai spices of ginger, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. GMO free, Free of artificial colors and ingredients with 5 grams of protein, and less than 300 calories. Pair this delicious loaf with a pumpkin spiced latte.

 

Caramel Apple Granny

Buttery caramel and toffee-studded custard hug fresh Granny Smith apples piled high in our melt-in-your-mouth shortbread crust. Reminiscent of Nana’s recipe, one bite will make you feel right at home.

 

Salted Caramel Vanilla Crunch Cake

Light, buttery vanilla-flecked cake has waves of caramel cake, and is layered with salted caramel crunch and a creamy custard layer. There’s something satisfying about a sweet and salty combination and we’re glad it’s cake.

 

 

 

Recipes to Fall-ify:

Iconic flavors that scream FALL are ingredients like: cinnamon, chai, cloves, ginger, pumpkin, pear, salted caramel, Maple bourbon, apple, dark chocolate, orange and cranberry. The sweet and spicy blends will transform your dessert items into Autumn must-haves!

Looking for fall LTO’s while maximizing your current menu? We have easily executable recipes to dress up your Sweet Street favorite for the Fall, while utilizing products readily available.

 

Xango Sushi

Seal autumn flavors into this fall chutney made with golden raisins, craisins, and apricots, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, then zested with white wine vinegar. Top this gem-colored chutney on sliced Xangos, our tortilla-wrapped fried cheesecake. The blend of spices and fruit contrasts the creamy cheesecake centers for a beautiful combination.

 

Morrello Cheesecake

Here’s a quick LTO item you can whip up in seconds. This showstopper exhibits a wonderful depth of flavor and texture. Enjoy silky, creamy cheesecake topped with sweet and tart Morello cherries. A mouth-watering combo!

 

Triple Threat Chocolate Torte

We introduced an unrivaled dessert – the Triple Threat Chocolate Torte. This elegant dessert marries three components: a rich flourless chocolate torte, a scoop of creamy chocolate Häagen-Dazs, and topped with rich olive oil ganache. A rich and sweet death by chocolate!

 

 

 

Find more recipes here!

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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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Resources: Restaurant Business

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Spring Time! Dessert Secrets & Inspirations

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With Spring just around the corner, we thought we’d welcome in the season by sharing our Spring-time secrets, holiday reminders, and LTO inspiration.

Seasonal LTOs rank #1 in consumer interest. The unique flavors available each season invite experimentation, with plenty of demand: 47% of diners (ages 18 – 34) say their menu preferences change with the seasons. As a result, restaurants can capitalize on the popularity of seasonal flavors and items that make sense. Here are our spring favorites, to help you prepare lively LTO specials. 

Springtime Desserts

Firstly, as Spring and Summer approach, we recommend adding some seasonal flavors to your menu, like citrus and berries. Our Lemon Blueberry Manifesto Cookie is a melt-in-your-mouth sugar cookie, plump with wild Maine blueberries and a burst of citrus flavor. Operators can order them for bakery displays, or for a bright tasting treat, to-go with individually-wrapped options.

For something a little more upscale, try offering the comfort of our Blueberry Cobbler White Chocolate Cheesecake. Surely a crowd pleaser, with moist chunks of vanilla-bean cream cake, sweet swirls of berry compote, and creamy White Chocolate Cheesecake. Topped with blueberries, whipped cream and white chocolate shavings.

 

Keep things fresh by plating this decadent dessert with lemon curd and a drizzle of basil oil (see recipe here).  

 

 

Holiday Reminders

Also, Spring houses some important holidays, like Easter (April 17th) and Mother’s Day (May 8th). To prep your holiday dessert menu with a popular Easter dessert, choose four or six layers of carrot cake. Our Four High Carrot Cake is layer upon layer of moist carrot cake studded with raisins, walnuts and pineapple and then finished with cream cheese icing and a drizzle of white chocolate ganache. Another popular product is our Big Carrot Cake is six layers of moist carrot cake sandwiched with our smooth cream cheese icing all studded with pecans.

 

 

Don’t forget, presentation matters

 

 

Similarly, you’ll want to prep for Mother’s Day. To honor motherhood and celebrate maternal bonds that have made us into who we are, we salute our superheroes. They go by ‘Mom’. Here are some suggestions to make Mother’s Day extra special with dessert! Operators can offer our Raspberry White Chocolate Cheese Brulee on it’s own. A silken smooth white chocolate cheese, with a vibrant red raspberry swirl., hand-fired and glazed in simple elegance. Or layer pieces of the cheesecake with raspberry mousse and sauce, vanilla Chantilly cream with fresh raspberries in this trifle recipe. A beautiful dish with a modern twist!

 

 

Another indulgent option is this rich brownie bowl recipe made with our Honduran Chocolate Manifesto Brownie, but could easily be substituted with our Fabulous Chocolate Chunk Brownie. Top the brownie with Peruvian crème fraiche and ganache, shower with the crunch of Amaretto cookie crumbles, and finish with Amarena cherries. 

 

 

LTO Sprinkle

Finally, almost half of all restaurant consumers find it important for operators to keep menus fresh throughout the year by offering specialty items and LTOs. Read more about that here. Therefore, to make things easier for our customers, we’ve picked out some of our favorite Spring-inspired recipes and ideas. Revive classic desserts that will have your customers craving for more as a result. Reinvent what one sku can do for you with versatile products like our New York Cheesecake and Original Cheesecake Xango®.

 

Contact your sales rep today to get ahead of the Spring time buzz!

 

 

Barsicle Concept Video

Bonus idea! For our stay-at-home consumers, here’s a great idea for a Springtime gathering – barsicle recipes

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