Quarterly Mash-Up: Potatoes In Desserts
Sweet and salty: two things that go together like peanut butter and jelly, French fries and milkshakes, chocolate and potato chips – the list goes on. And while they’re opposite flavor profiles, there’s something deliciously satisfying and craveable about mixing them together.
Operators know that striking the perfect balance of salty and sweet is a surefire way to make happy (and returning) customers. Instead of turning to the same old pairings for your next dessert offering, try thinking outside the box. Give these Potato Magic Bars a try.
Stacked high with labor-saving frozen potato chips, honey-roasted peanuts, butterscotch chips, dark chocolate, brown butter and gooey marshmallow, these bars are guaranteed to be your next menu hit.
NRA’s “What’s Hot 2018 Culinary Forecast” cited “doughnuts with nontraditional fillings” as one of the leading food trends for the years ahead, and it’s easy to see why consumers’ love affair with decadent doughnuts shows no signs of slowing down. To keep up with demand, operators continue to innovate new and unique doughnut offerings to keep customers excited and coming back for more.
These Potato Gulab Jamun are incredibly light, chewy and moist due to the untraditional inclusion of mashed potatoes. Soaking the doughnut holes in in honey syrup makes them permissibly indulgent! One of the best parts about this globally inspired dessert? The doughnuts can be held cold, hot or at room temperature, making them the perfect addition to your dessert menu.
While baking with vegetables is globally embraced and celebrated, it’s still relatively novel in America. Upscale restaurants have led the charge on innovating with veggie-centered desserts – are customers are really digging it (no pun intended!)
At New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, pastry Chef Miro Uskokovic has been playing with vegetables in his desserts for years. A recent menu feature has been making headlines as its popularity continues to grow – the Butterball Potato Mousse with plum ice, Slivovitz ice cream and honey-glazed potato chips.
Did You Know?
69% of patrons are looking for dishes that use potatoes in new, unexpected ways. Featuring potatoes on your dessert menu is the perfect way to incorporate more innovative, craveable dishes that consumers are looking for. Because of their neutral flavor profile, potatoes inherently lend themselves to sweet applications.
Try these potato waffle s’mores for fun play on a campfire favorite or these purple potato brownies, which pack a punch of potassium and vitamin C to help fuel your patrons’ day.
Technomic Inc. “Potatoes Patron Study.” January 2017. Slide 10