“This is a very popular salad that we make in our commissary and send out to all of our retail units,” says Nick Emanuel, assistant director of dining services at Rutgers University, in Piscataway, N.J.
The combination of oats and fruit gives this comfort-food dessert a healthy halo. It’s also suitable for gluten-free and dairy-free customers, as the recipe calls for almond or soy milk and contains no wheat. The pudding can double as a breakfast or brunch item.
Salted caramel continues to trend on menus, especially in beverages and desserts. Chaya Brasserie capitalizes on the flavor’s popularity by incorporating it into homemade ice cream that’s sandwiched between spiced oatmeal cookies. Stockpile the mini ice cream sandwiches to grab and go.
When you pair chocolate with a mini format, you have a winning combination—both are current trends in the dessert arena, according to the National Restaurant Association. Chef Poulain balances sweet and tart by combining a rich ganache with prickly pear puree.
Cupcake concepts might have peaked, but bite-size cupcakes are here to stay. The tiny treats feel like an indulgence but don’t add up to a lot of calories. At Babycakes, the carrot cupcakes crowned with creamy white frosting are best sellers.
Nutritionists have been encouraging consumers to eat more whole grains, and foodservice operators are increasingly helping them meet that challenge. To introduced school kids to wheat berries, a more unusual grain, Chef Berdan combines them with sweet canned pears and familiar butternut squash in a...