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Ice Cream Trends for Summer

As summer rolls around, consumers begin to crave ice cream. Whether for a dessert, a snack or a splurge, there is nothing better than cool creamy treat on a hot summer day. However, ice cream is trending away from the simple cup or bowl. As new food trends emerge, ice cream has begun a makeover and the options are plentiful.

Flavor and Texture Twists

For the most part, toppings consisted of syrups, chocolate chips, nuts and whipped cream. Now, you can find almost anything on top of your ice cream. Favorites include matcha balls, cereal and cheesecake or brownie chunks. Cones are even dipped in these toppings. Flavors have updated as well. New, trendy flavors like balsamic strawberry, green tea, and “black ice cream” have emerged. In addition, the Thai trend, rolled ice cream has hit the United States and is growing in popularity every day.

Ice Cream Cones

Gone are the days of the sugar cone, even the waffle cone is revamped. This summer, taste the difference with a new variety of cones. The bubble cone, which according to the trend report, The Things, originated in Hong Kong in the 1950’s and has made its way to the United States. This cone is essentially a puffy waffle cone. The bubble cone provides a soft texture for consumes, making the first bite much easier. Another twist on the cone is a doughnut cone. A doughnut cone is exactly what it sounds, a doughnut. These fried cones are sweet and rolled in cinnamon sugar to provide the additional sugar rush you crave! Some consumers call these cones churro cones, and a creamery in San Francisco makes their own; calling them Chimney Cones as they resemble a chimney.

Wild Milkshakes

Milkshakes have taken the most extreme route, and even emerged as a top trend for 2017 according to the National Restaurant Association. The flavor and texture of a milkshake is one of a kind, but add these extreme toppings and you can uncover a whole new world. One of these wild milkshakes, known as a “freakshake” tops a milkshake with yet another dessert. The milkshake sits in a Mason jar, then topped with whipped cream and a cookie, slice of cake or a brownie with other additions like marshmallows, pretzels and animal crackers. The other wild milkshakes are similar. These towering milkshakes are mixed with candies, cookies, pretzels, syrups and more. To add to the extreme, the towering milkshake is then topped with whipped cream, candy and cookies. Talk about a sugar overload.

Ice Cream Sandwich

Everyone loves an ice cream sandwich and now, there is even more reason to love them. Customers have craved creativity, as cookie and ice cream flavors have divulged beyond vanilla and chocolate chip. Now, customers want a chocolate cookie with mint ice cream, or a snickerdoodle with carrot cake ice cream. However, some consumers have nixed the cookie for a different type sandwich. Consumers now want this creamy dessert sandwiched between brownies, cakes, pies and donuts. The flavors and combinations are almost endless.

This summer, take your ice cream to the next level. Offer customers the latest trends such as rolled ice cream, churro cones or “freakshakes”. Summer provides an excellent time to promote these exciting trends. During the hot summer months, customers will be more willing to order this sweet treat, especially if it contains wild toppings and flavors. Your guests will be coming back for more when you serve these ice cream twists.

 

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Cinco de Mayo in Restaurants

Although not the most celebrated holiday in Mexico, Americans love to observe Cinco de Mayo. This year, the holiday falls on a Friday, increasing the likelihood of honoring the fiesta for most Americans. Since many individuals will not have to wake up early for work, they will celebrate longer into the night. Most Americans go out for Cinco de Mayo, bringing restaurants more business than the average day.

What to Eat on Cinco de Mayo

On Cinco de Mayo, customers will likely order Mexican cuisine, even if they are not dining at a traditional Mexican restaurant. As an appetizer, consumers love ordering chips and salsa, or chips and guacamole, especially on this holiday. In fact, the California Avocado Commission states that Americans consume 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo. Currently, avocados are trending upwards in consumer preference; expect your orders of guacamole to increase!

As a main dish, there are many options for guests to choose from that relate to Mexican cuisine.  Tacos, enchiladas and burritos are very popular among American consumers. For a more authentic taste, consider substituting corn tortillas for flour tortillas. If you are looking for a sandwich option, the torta is a great choice. A torta is a Mexican sandwich, usually on a crusty white sandwich rolls. Tortas can be filled with anything from chicken to steak and avocados to scrambled eggs. Whether you choose one of these dinners or all, any of these options make a great feature for Cinco de Mayo.

What to Drink on Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is also one of the most well-known holidays for drinking. The most common drink for consumers on this day is a margarita. Feature this drink as a special, or add new margarita flavors to your menu. Customers may even splurge on top-shelf tequila. For those looking for a less-sweet drink, Mexican beer is a great choice. No matter what your customers choose to drink, they will certainly enjoy celebrating at your restaurant.

Desserts on Cinco de Mayo

Although not well-known in the United States, there are many delicious Mexican desserts to highlight on Cinco de Mayo. For those looking for something rich, a caramel flan; similar to crème brulè; or cajeta is the perfect option. These two caramel desserts present the customer with authentic Mexican flavors and a creamy and smooth texture. For the chocolate lovers, Mexican chocolate pudding makes a great dessert. While the dark is rich and sweet, a hint of cayenne adds a hint of spice. For those searching for a more traditional dessert, include fried ice cream on the menu. This mixes an American classic with the cinnamon and corn tortilla flavors of Mexico. There is a dessert for everyone on Cinco de Mayo.

This Cinco de Mayo, cater to your customers preferences. Consumers love authentic foods and flavors and will most definitely come out to celebrate if they know Mexican flavors will be highlighted at your restaurant. Whether you choose to feature guacamole, enchiladas, margaritas or flan, you will surely see success at your restaurant at Cinco de Mayo.