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3 Classic Dessert Elements Making a Comeback

For today’s consumers, about 38% agree that eating out is a treat.1 And one of the best ways to treat diners is to offer an array of too-good-to-pass-up desserts. The majority of consumers (54%) say that eating dessert is done on impulse.2 To entice diners to choose dessert, trending flavors create a delicious draw. The following dessert trends are classic elements that are seeing a resurgence. When combined with a surprising format or premium flavors, they can inspire diners to choose indulgence.

Coffee Cravings

Coffee-infused desserts are no stranger to the sweet side of the menu (think tiramisu) but they have seen a significant uptick—growing 30.6% on menus in the past four years.3 This makes coffee the second fastest-growing dessert flavor during this time period. An easy way to introduce a coffee-forward dessert to your menu, either as an afternoon treat or after dinner indulgence, is with Bistro Collection® Baileys® Gourmet Cake. A mousse made of coffee and Baileys® is nestled between airy layers of European sponge cake, all encased in a Baileys® butter cream frosting. Simply put, it is an Irish coffee in cake form.

Dark Chocolate Decadence

Another familiar flavor, dark chocolate is also on the rise—specifically when it comes to brownies. Seeing 169.2% growth on menus in the past four years, dark chocolate is the fastest-growing brownie flavor.4 A sinfully simple solution for introducing a dark chocolate brownie to your menu is with the Bistro Collection® Baileys® Dark Chocolate Swirl Brownie. They feature a smattering of chocolate chunks and a delectable layer of premium Baileys® Irish Cream ganache on top.

New York Style

To give your guests the experience of fine dining, add New York style cheesecake to your array of dessert offerings. This style of cheesecake has grown 22.4% on fine dining menus in the past year alone5. New York style cheesecake is known for its dense and smooth yet creamy texture, all of which can be found in the Bistro Collection® Baileys® Cheesecake. Baileys® Irish Cream and milk chocolate are swirled into the cheesecake which rests on a crust of coffee crumb and is topped with a buoyant layer of Baileys® mousse.

Putting these dessert trends on the menu is effortless with Bistro Collection Baileys®-infused creations. Hand finished piping and swirling give this suite of sweets a from-scratch look that matches the exquisite feel of any upscale event. Created with back-of-house efficiency and front-of-house appeal in mind, these desserts provide the ideal finish experience. Bistro Collection® Gourmet pre-baked desserts are created in a convenient thaw-and-serve format for easy prep to serve guests more quickly and efficiently. Cutting guides and precut options create consistent portioning and stress-free serving which allow staff to provide flawless-looking desserts with ease to each and every guest. Offering patrons an on-trend, aesthetically pleasing finale to a delicious meal adds experiential memorability to any event’s ambiance.

For samples and more information on Bistro Collection® Gourmets Desserts & Snacking, please call 855.5BISTRO or visit our website!

1 Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report, Technomic

2 Dessert Consumer Trend Report, Technomic

3 SNAP, Datassential

4 SNAP, Datassential

5 SNAP, Datassential


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