Peppering an otherwise consistent menu with new on-trend items ensures a restaurant concept can avoid appearing stale to their customer base.
With that in mind, chefs are always looking for simple ways to refresh menus. Instead of starting from scratch, they will often turn to an innovative foodservice product solution to spice things up.
We recently discovered that Musselman’s Apple Butter now has a Fusions line of six flavored apple butter flavors.
For years, chefs have been using the consumer-favorite Musselman’s Apple Butter as a base to create a delicious flavor profile for a protein, side, or dessert.
"We’ve actually been showing people how to combine two types of flavors together for many years. So we thought, why not just create that item to take all the work out of combining it. That way it’s ready for use,” said Allie Canterbury, marketing manager of food service, Knouse Foods. “And then we also put it in a squeeze bottle to make it easy to use for an operator. It’s always been something we've been creating in-house and showing people. So we figured why not just do it.”
The video above, which is part 2 of a tasting series of the Musselman’s Apple Butter Fusions product line, reveals that each flavor is wonderfully versatile with multiple applications for food.
But besides being versatile, these fusion flavors are on point when it comes to the recent consumer trends.
A recent Foodable Labs 2019 Flavor Trends Report revealed that Asian flavors have spiked on menus at restaurants of all types of cuisines across the country. Asian flavors have become especially prevalent on menus at independent restaurants and fast casual concepts to accommodate a crescendo of consumer demand for these flavors.
Using Musselman’s Apple Butter Asian Fusion provides a simple yet creative foray into the Asian craze. This product offers a sweet yet savory taste with slightly spicy cinnamon notes mixed with soy and sesame flavor.
“The Asian is a really neat flavor. It's a little more salty and savory than the others. It’s been used as a dressing and it's great in a coleslaw. I've also seen people using it on tacos, within noodle dishes or as a marinade and wing flavor,” said Canterbury.
It takes simple to signature and is vegan, fat-free and trans-fat free too. Watch the video above as it is used to flavor for zucchini spiraled noodles.
Another Musselman’s fusions flavor is Sriracha, which is also a popular Asian flavor.
Sriracha has been trending for a decade, but flash forward to today and it has garnered a passionate and loyal following all over the world.
Sriracha has been added to Musselman’s Apple Butter to infuse some heat into its latest offering as a Fusions flavor.
“The Sriracha Apple Butter Fusion is a great wing flavor. We've seen it used on pizza, as a drizzle, mixed with mac and cheese, spread on sandwiches, and tacos. We've even seen it on omelets for an extra spicy punch,” said Canterbury.
In the video above, Chef Andi uses it to elevate the otherwise traditional wing sauce and then to create a mac and cheese recipe with a unique twist.
The Sriracha Fusion also has a Clean Label, meaning it contains no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors, and no antimicrobial preservatives. It is also vegan, fat-free and gluten-free.
Looking for new ways to enhance your menu items? Stay tuned for our part-three featuring two other Musselman’s Apple Butter Flavors next week!
Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post.