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Chocolate Season Heats Up This Winter

There’s no denying chocolate has a devoted following. Even in an age of flavor exploration, chocolate remains a top choice for sweet seekers and a top trend in 2016

 Even as chefs expand their culinary palettes with a wealth of novel ingredients, chocolate will still rank #1 among snack and dessert flavorings,”1 says chef Thomas Vaccaro, dean of baking and pastry arts at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

And winter is the season when chocolate takes center stage. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now’s the time to start thinking about exciting and unexpected ways to shine a spotlight on chocolate.

Delicious, decadent and super-versatile, chocolate has practically no limits when it comes to making your menu stand out. Shareable desserts get chocolate lovers in the mood to dig in. Think molten lava cake, dark chocolate treats, rich sauces and … dare we say a chocolate brownie pizza? Oh, we just did.

For more on-the-go occasions, be sure to bring your chocolate treats front and center in high-traffic and impulse sale–driving zones.

So no matter your menu or operation style, make sure chocolate is king all winter and beyond.

What are your operation’s best-loved or best-selling chocolate treats? Tell us in the comments section below.

1. Penton Restaurant Group Custom Content, “10 Snack & Dessert Trends for 2016”, December 1, 2015

Topics: Cookies/Bars/Snacks, Cakes/Cupcakes, Chocolate, Flavors & Ingredients

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