Extreme Milkshakes for Dietary Restrictions

 

In a culture where diners are seeking extremes, foodservice operations are serving more extravagant dishes and desserts that beg diners to share photos before digging in. In 2016, there’s no dessert more tempting than the extravagant milkshake.

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Extreme milkshakes first gained popularity in Australia last summer, but by way of social media, the trend soon exploded around the world. Sugar lovers across the globe are going crazy about milkshakes that include enough mix-ins and toppings to crush your recommended sugar intake for a week.

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Concoctions like the Brooklyn Blackout and the Churro Shake (pictured above) are drawing a crowd to Black Tap Craft Burgers and Beer and go for $15 a pop. And they look amazing…but what if allergies or lifestyle choices don’t allow for such indulgence? Now you can bring the milkshake magic to your operation, even for those living with dietary restrictions.

Start with Frostline® Vanilla Shake Mix, or even Frostline Vanilla or Chocolate Soft Serve Mix as a base. All of our products are lactose-free and gluten-free, which automatically gives you an edge because you can serve more customers. Then, start piling on the toppings to create your leaning tower of sweets. Include classic favorites that are also lactose and gluten-free like fruit, nuts, marshmallows, gummy worms, coconut and more. You can even make or purchase sauces, like salted caramel or fresh strawberry, that serve the needs of even the most dessert-deprived.

Make sure your creations are not only palate-pleasing, but gorgeous as well. The more extreme the presentation, the more likely your customers are to share photos and brag about their experience.

Are you getting in on 2016’s coolest dessert trend? Share your best creations below.

 

Sweet New Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service has announced a new set of ice cream-themed stamps[1] that look good enough to eat. Designed by Ethel Kessler with illustrations by Nancy Stahl, they feature five classic soda fountain treats that are sure to inspire appetites. You’re probably familiar with most of them, but here’s a run down:

Double-Scoop Ice Cream Cone:
You guessed it—this is a classic, cone-shaped pastry stacked with two scoops of ice cream.

Egg Cream:
Oddly enough, this contains neither eggs nor cream. It’s a classic beverage consisting of milk, carbonated water, and chocolate syrup.

Banana Split:
Variations of this classic dessert are a dime a dozen, but it’s traditionally made with a split banana, ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries.

Root Beer Float:
A simple but stand-alone treat consisting of ice cream in root beer.

Hot Fudge Sundae:
Again, variations of this treat are endless, but it’s typically made with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, nuts, sprinkles, and a cherry on top.

Why the emphasis on soda fountain treats? According to USPS, soda fountains were important gathering places in U.S. history, especially when Prohibition banned alcohol sales[2]. During World War II, soda fountains popped up at military bases in the U.S. and abroad, because drinking a soda or indulging in a sundae reminded soldiers of simple pleasures at home[3]. Today soda fountain culture lives on in homes, restaurants, and frozen treat operations.

Did you know Frostline® can help create the classic favorites featured on USPS’s new stamps? Ones you can actually eat? We offer soft serve mixes, frozen yogurt mixes, and frozen beverage mixes that can be substituted for traditional, hard-scoop ice cream. Because Frostline is economical to ship, convenient to store and easy to prep, you can offer a fresher product and make more money. Plus, many of our products are free of lactose, cholesterol, gluten, and dairy, so you can bring back childhood treats with a better for you twist.

 

[1] https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2015/pr15_069.htm

[2] http://www.dairyfoods.com/articles/91535-heres-one-stamp-you-wont-mind-licking

[3] http://flicksandfood.com/postal-service-to-issue-weight-control-stamps-in-2016/

Demand Increases for Smoothies in the New Year

With the arrival of the New Year, foodservice professionals pay special attention to what researchers predict as the next big trend for the industry. On the non-commercial side, beverages are always important, and smoothies stand out with the largest growth potential according to a recent article in Foodservice Director.

Blended drinks will rule the roost in the C&U and Healthcare markets

Consumers are looking for healthier drink choices and smoothies answer the call with a variety of fruit, seed and vegetable ingredients.

So what exactly IS a smoothie? In addition to fresh fruit, many smoothies include ice, frozen fruit, syrups, or even vegetables. They have a milkshake-like consistency that is thicker than a slushie. They also often contain a dairy-component such as milk, yogurt or ice cream. What’s best in a smoothie? Anything you want: fresh or frozen fruit, vegetables, seeds, oats, protein powders, herbs, spices, yogurt, milk, juice…the ingredient possibilities are endless. The benefits of this beverage is the versatility of the ingredients you can include and as diverse as the kitchen ingredients currently on the shelf, in the refrigerator or with your local supplier or farmer’s market.

Foodservice Director says that blended drinks will rule the roost in the C&U market. That makes sense as students are on the go and lean towards a quick meal or snack to keep them going. Surviving on a college budget, a $5 smoothie for a meal replacement is attractive. Also, this youthful market is flooded with information through technology 24/7. They hear the latest news on nutrition and disease prevention which greatly impacts their buying behavior and lifestyle choices.

In healthcare, smoothies are an easy way for people to take in essential nutrients on their time schedule regardless of ability. Smoothies are easy to sip, fresh and flavorful, and provide a cool, refreshing meal replacement or snack for patients, visitors, and staff. Plus, smoothies can be easily tailored to meet nutritional goals with the addition of nutrients and healthful supplements.

Healthier and happier in 2015!

Add celery, cucumber, broccoli or sprouts for a nutrition boost.

Overall, consumers are looking for healthier drink choices and smoothies answer the call with a variety of fruit, seed and vegetable ingredients. “Superfoods” have been buzzing lately: chia seeds, coconut oil, flax seeds, Acai berries, hemp, and Cacao powder to name a few. Another trend is rotating leafy greens like kale, cabbage, bok choy, chard, beet greens, and carrot tops into these vitamin rich drinks to increase energy, detox, prevent disease, and/or slim down.

If you’re looking to add a “winner” to your 2015 beverage menu, it is definitely worth considering smoothies. Commercial and non-commercial markets show growth potential, with C&U and Hospitals showing the most promise. However, with the millennial population growing in purchase power, restaurants, fast casual, fast food and frozen yogurt and ice cream shops should be ready for increasing demand.

Get Ready to Meet the New Year Demand for Fruit and Veggie Smoothies

It’s near 2015 and foodservice operators are looking at predicted trends for the New Year. As the latest health and nutritional information floods the web, we know consumers will continue to demand healthier, simpler, more clearly labeled foods. Another trend we anticipate escalating in our busy world is convenience. When you combine these trends, fruit and vegetable smoothies become the perfect response to consumer requirements. According to IFT (Institute of Food Technologists), beverages remain the largest U.S. functional product sector¹.

Healthier and happier in 2015!

Just add kiwi, lemonade, Simply Smoothies base mix, water and ice.

Does your establishment currently have a smoothie offering? If not, we think 2015 is the year to invest in a blender and start experimenting with flavor. Our Simply Smoothies™ base mix is a powder base mix that makes it easy to create rich, creamy smoothies without the need for an expensive yogurt or dairy base. Your shopping list can focus on fruits (fresh or frozen) and vegetables (fresh or frozen), or perhaps you’ll find that the best flavor combinations are made with items you already buy and have on hand.

Our product has been tested and blends easily in most commercial blenders but if you don’t currently own a good blender, we recommend you check out Blendtec and Vitamix. Consumer Reports’ experts agree with us, listing the top two picks as the Vitamix 5200 and the Blendtec Designer 725. Check out the complete article here. A reliable, powerful blender is a necessity for making a large volume of smoothies on a regular basis. Blending ice and frozen fruit can sometimes jam or break blender blades. Obviously, this is not a welcome surprise. Also, blenders vary with longevity so making sure to research long-term durability is key.

Take smoothies to the next level.

Over 30 smoothie recipes to blend.

Once you have your blender and are ready to experiment, we’ve put together a recipe Idea Book as well as seasonal flyers for winter, spring, summer and fall to get you started. Colorful veggies like carrots, kale, and chard easily combine with berries and melons to make a super-food smoothie. Want to give it a whirl? Leave us a comment and we’ll send you a sample of our Simply Smoothie base mix. It is gluten free, low fat and low sodium – a portrait of the 2015 healthy food trend.

¹The Top Ten Functional Food Trends A. Elizabeth Sloan, April 2014, Volume 68, No.4 accessed 11/21/14 http://www.ift.org/food-technology/past-issues/2014/april/features/toptentrends.aspx?page=viewall

How Cool is Your Creation?

Picture yourself as the customer…It’s summer, you’ve been outside enjoying the day and now you are hungry for a snack. You want a healthy snack, something that will refresh you but not make you feel guilty, after all, it will be dinnertime in just a few hours. What sounds perfect? A fruit smoothie! If the customer is lucky, your establishment is nearby and they will check out your menu!

Combine ingredients and blend!

Just add lemonade, base mix, frozen strawberries and ice for a refreshing smoothie!

Pina Colada, Kiwi Kicker, Bananarama, Pineapple Upside Down, Summer BerryAde, Mango Madness, Beach Berry, Sunkissed Raspberry…what will it be? Sounds tempting, right?

According to Mintel Menu Monitor, February 2014, the top 10 smoothie flavors are:

  1. Strawberry
  2. Banana and Strawberry
  3. Mango
  4. Berry
  5. Peach
  6. Raspberry
  7. Chocolate
  8. Vanilla
  9. Orange
  10. Banana
Add Fruit, Ice and Water to Make a Smoothie

Fruit Smoothies Add Choices to Your Beverage Menu

Achieving these flavor varieties is simple and only requires fresh or frozen fruit. No risk of milk or yogurt spoiling when using a base mix like Simply Smoothies™. As an operator, there are many benefits to offering smoothies:

  1. Have blender? Make smoothies!
  2. Effortless. Simply measure 2 scoops of smoothie base mix, ¾ cup fresh or frozen fruit, ¾ cup ice, ½ cup cold water and BLEND! 16fl ounces of smoothie in under 60 seconds.
  3. Profitable. We estimate it will cost operators $1.30 to make a smoothie if using fruit with the Simply Smoothies™ base mix. The average sales price for a smoothie is $3.99. This is a gross profit of $2.69 per smoothie, translating to a yearly gross profit of over $15,000 if 16 smoothies are sold a day.
  4. Year-round demand. Consumers order smoothies as snacks round the clock, especially fruit smoothies! They are viewed as healthy snacks!
  5. No waste. Simply Smoothies™ base mix comes in a 4.8lb canister which yields 39 smoothies. The canister is resealable and comes with a premeasured scoop. Single-serve packets are available for operators who would rather take it one smoothie at a time.
Take smoothies to the next level!

Over 30 smoothie recipes to blend!

Want to step outside of the single flavor box? We have great flavor ideas for your beverage menu in our FREE Simply Smoothies™ Idea Book. Also, our seasonal recipe flyers allow you to just plug and play or should we say purchase, blend and serve! Our summer flyer has four delicious flavors: Watermelon Basil, Fruit Pizza, Key Lime Pie, and Raspberry Pink Lemonade.

What are you waiting for? DIVE IN to SMOOTHIES!

Increase Sales with Milkshakes, Iced Beverages or Smoothies

In 2014, is it still relevant to offer milkshakes on your beverage menu? That depends on your target market, current menu and business location. If you sell hamburgers, we will give you a firm answer YES! If you have a drive-thru and you currently offer soft-serve, we say YES! If your establishment draws a family crowd, we say YES! Not identifying with any of the situations we described? Consider equally profitable iced beverages or smoothies.

The key to increasing sales for both milkshakes and other frozen beverages is offering a product that the consumer perceives as too difficult or not as good if prepared at home. Denny’s, coined as America’s Diner™, experienced firsthand how adding new coffee and milkshake flavors could increase the bottom line. They attributed their increase in guest check averages to their expanded beverage menu selections.

Milkshakes are profitable additions to your beverage menu.

What’s Your Favorite Flavor?

Make Room for Milkshakes
First, if you already serve soft serve – milkshakes are an easy addition. According to MINTEL’s “Trends in Snacking and Value Menus in Foodservice-U.S. June 2012” , 19% of consumers typically order shakes as a snack. The most popular age group who order shakes is ages 18-24, which translates to 1/3 of the beverage market. The profitability margin is outstanding with shakes. We estimate your cost to a couple pennies per ounce for an 8 ounce serving. Each bag of shake mix yields approximately 59 milkshakes or 472 ounces.

With shake mix…if you can imagine it, you can make it. Premium milkshakes attract consumers craving something outside of the traditional chocolate, strawberry and vanilla milkshake flavors. Mixing in candy, cookies, flavored syrups, fresh or frozen fruit, peanut butter, or protein powders add more variety to your milkshake menu. A spindle blender will marry anything with vanilla soft serve and mix it to the perfect thick and creamy consistency that milkshake lovers crave. The cost of the added ingredients ups your food costs a bit, but with a higher menu price, your profitability is still looking great. Another idea for milkshakes that is trending in foodservice is offering alcoholic shakes. According to a recent USA Today article, Red Robin is offering Wine Shakes made with wine, vodka, mango puree and vanilla soft serve. The price tag for these doubles or triples that of the non-alcoholic kind.

Move over Starbucks

Mocha Iced Cappuccino

Add whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce for a craveable snack.

What about the lure of coffee-flavored beverages? If your business attracts customers throughout the day looking for a filling snack, you should consider offering Iced Cappuccinos. An added bonus; people like iced coffee beverages year-round. Our dry mixes, Mocha or French Vanilla flavored, are blended with water or milk to produce a rich and creamy coffee flavored frozen treat. The only equipment you need is a good blender or a granita machine. According to Coffee Talk magazine, the average margin for a frozen beverage ranges between 65% and 70%.

If you want more affirming facts on increasing sales, look no further than your nearest convenience store. According to NPD research, iced and slushy coffees have been growing by double digits for the last five years. Convenience Store Decisions reported that in 12 months, iced coffee alone grew 7% and frozen slushy sales increased by 14%. Think of the growth that McDonald’s saw when they began offering flavored iced coffees. Add a little whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate or caramel sauce and you have yourself a craveable snack.

When to Add Smoothies – A Sign of the Times
Anytime! We think adding smoothies to beverage menus is smart. Messages bombard us everyday about healthful eating, disease prevention and obesity. Smoothies, especially fruit smoothies, exude the perception of “healthy”. Frostline Simply Smoothies™ base mix is low in fat (2 grams), sodium and carbs and has zero grams of cholesterol. A trend that we don’t see diminishing is the one focused on kids eating healthier. With the new governmental regulations coming down on school lunch and the awareness of the new food guide, “My Plate”, parents are paying closer attention to what their kids eat and buying healthier foods. Fruit smoothies fit that bill. Packaged Facts, a leading source in food and beverage market research, expects sales of kids’ food and beverage to grow to a $30 billion by 2018.

Just add frozen fruit and ice to make a delicious, healthy smoothie.

Frostline Simply Smoothies™ base mix is low in fat (2 grams), sodium and carbs and has zero grams of cholesterol.

Regardless of how you choose to expand your beverage menu, we encourage you to do just that…EXPAND! A little extra goes along way when grabbing the attention of new customers or retaining old ones. In this world of hustle and bustle, fast casual and convenience, chill customers out with refreshing, cold beverages.

Healthier Eating Lends Itself to Fruit Smoothies

Add Fruit, Ice and Water to Make a Smoothie

Fruit Smoothies Add Choices to Your Beverage Menu

Paying attention to food and beverage trends is important to foodservice professionals. If trends aren’t monitored, menus turn stale resulting in decreased new and return customer traffic. With the world paying closer attention to eating healthier, it seems conceivable that menu options should be mindful of this evolution. Ten years ago, consumers were used to seeing milkshakes on beverage menus. Today, menus are beginning to offer healthier alternatives for consumers’ steering away from high-fat, high-calorie foods. According to a recent Mintel® survey, 68% of people would like to see more restaurants offer smoothies.

Simply Smoothies Satisfies Health-Conscience Consumers

4.8 lb. Container Yields Approximately 39 Servings

Fruits and vegetables are the pillars of healthful eating. An easy way to accommodate the healthier-eating food trend is to offer smoothies. Frostline® Simply Smoothies base mix offers a low cost of entry into the blended beverage category. The mix is a dry base mix that easily blends with water or juice, ice and your choice of additional ingredients like fresh, frozen or canned fruit in a traditional blender. This versatile mix can be used with a wide array of ingredients to create delicious, profitable smoothies. We suggest starting small and offering the top two smoothie flavors – Strawberry and Strawberry/Banana. When you are ready, branch out to Mango, Peach, or Pineapple flavors. Once you feel comfortable this blended beverage is working for you, create a smoothie menu and offer seasonal flavors or specialty flavors. With the neutral base mix, you can add anything from peanut butter to Girl Scout Cookies to carrots or kale. The possibilities and combinations are endless!

Simply Smoothies Mix Comes in Single Serve Packets

Single Serve Packets Too!

There isn’t a worry of waste because smoothies, like milkshakes, are made to order – one 16 oz. serving at a time. Operators can see more than 50% gross margin on one smoothie. The reason being, in each case of bulk mix, there are four – 4.8 lb. containers of the base mix and each container yields approximately 39 smoothies – over 150 smoothies per case! Our base mix is also available in convenient, individual serving packets. There are 50 packets in one case. Simply Smoothies® can help you make use of ingredients you already have on hand in order to avoid spoilage concerns.

If you decide to try smoothies, you have Simply Smoothies® support! Operators can choose from a variety of complimentary, high-quality, point-of-purchase materials including posters, stickers and clings. Each piece was professionally designed to keep your smoothies top of mind with customers for increased sales. Although free merchandising materials are available for order, you can download and print the files anytime from our website. We host a wealth of product information on our website: unique flavor combinations, promotion ideas and seasonal recipes.

We’re happy to send you a sample. Visit us at FrostlineSimplySmoothies.com and complete the Contact Form.

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The Perfect Frozen Treat™

First, let’s define “perfect”.

adj. *1) having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be *Source – Google dictionary

Second, let’s translate that into real-world application. 

The “perfect” taste, texture and feel (a.k.a. creamy and yummy) are the goals at Frostline®.Quality ingredients are the key to the “Essential 3” mentioned above. Our product line offers soft serve mixes, frozen yogurt mixes, frozen beverages (including smoothie base mix) and flavor packets.

The Perfect Swirl

Five stars is the only acceptable quality rating we want to achieve from consumers! Customer satisfaction weighs heavily on their “perception of healthy”. Frostline® is peanut and tree nut free, lactose and gluten free, low in fat and calories and it contains 0g of trans fat. We assure that our processing facilities are clean with no cross contamination and our employees follow strict safety and quality ISO standards.

The consumer is always right, however, we want operators to rank our “perfection” too! That’s why we are proud of our shelf life (12 months), simple mixing instructions (add water to the complementary mixing bucket, stir and pour) and our free, marketing resources available to our clients. If a business owns a commercial soft serve machine or blender, they can sell The Perfect Frozen Treat™.

Recap: Frostline® + Operator + Hopper = PERFECT FROZEN TREAT™

Homework: Create the “Perfect” Swirl (hint – it’s all in the wrist)

Your Soft Serve and Frozen Yogurt Machine Will Thank You

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Kent Precision Foods Group Offers Foodservice Soft Serve Solutions for Every Business Model

Choose which scenario best describes your situation:

a. A cafeteria of hungry college students waiting in line for a frozen treat

b. A kid-friendly restaurant using complementary soft serve as a perk for dining in

c. A froyo franchise with several hoppers waiting to dispense the next imaginative flavor

d. A small frozen beverage store wanting to serve soft serve and smoothies

e. Not listed above but ready for marketable, easy to make, deliciously profitable soft serve

If you answered a, b, c, d or e, you’ve come to the right place! Kent Precision Foods Group offers a soft serve mix that will meet your needs. Let’s begin with your machine or machine: ElectroFreeze, SaniServ, Stoelting, or Taylor? No problem.  In fact, Frostline® and DOLE® Soft Serve work in all commercial soft serve machines.

Why Frostline®? Why DOLE® Soft Serve?

The biggest distinguisher between the two brands is Frostline® is a smart choice for businesses looking to offer basic but appetizing soft serve flavors: Vanilla, Chocolate and Swirl. It is a cost effective frozen dessert that tastes great! In addition, if you have multiple machines or would like to offer fun, seasonal flavors, Frostline® offers flavor packets that can expand your menu 17 or more times.

Dole StrawberryDOLE® Soft Serve is the perfect choice for businesses with multiple soft serve machines or businesses located in a community that demands a nutritional “niche”. DOLE® Soft Serve fruit flavors are vegan friendly, dairy free, fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free, lactose free, and made with natural colors. Offering five fruit flavors, as well as Vanilla and Chocolate, easily provides an attractive, solid, palate-pleasing menu for soft serve businesses. Kent Precision Foods Group has had the pleasure of partnering with DOLE®, one of the most recognized and trusted brands in real fruit flavor, for over 17 years.

What About Taste?

Confidence is KEY! How can you be confident your patrons will keep coming back for more? TASTE! It would be unthinkable for us to offer anything less than delicious! Recent Technomic research states 94% of operators say taste is the main criteria when selecting a soft serve brand. Both Frostline® and DOLE® Soft Serve offer a sampling program. Please contact your foodservice broker or contact us for more details.

Dry Mix IS Better All Around

Why dry? Both Frostline® and DOLE® Soft Serve are packaged dry for many reasons. First, the largest benefit is cost. The only difference between dry mix and liquid mix is WATER. Adding water to the product before shipping passes along unnecessary costs to you in product and shipping. It also forces the manufacturer to add preservatives, which is a hot topic (Hood, 2014) in today’s news. Moreover, purchasing dry mix eliminates the worry about ordering too much or too little product because of expiration, refrigerated storage capacity and waste. We simplify the mixing process with complementary mixing buckets and whisks, mixing videos, and easy to follow instruction sheets.  Plus we always support our customers with recipes, posters, flavor strips and an array of other marketing materials.

Beyond the Cup and Cone

Simply SmoothiesFrostline® Simply Smoothies™ and Frozen Beverages expand frozen dessert menus beyond the traditional cup and cone (although we LOVE being served in waffle cones, especially chocolate dipped with sprinkles).

Simply Smoothies™ is a NEW, uncomplicated, dry-mix base product available in 4.8lb re-sealable containers or single serve packets. Just blending with water, ice and ingredients such as frozen fruit, vegetables, cookies or even alcohol, allows operators to target new customers desiring an on-the-go snack sipped through a straw! Finally, don’t stop there! Offering trendy Frostline® Vanilla and Mocha Iced Cappuccinos or Shakes can effortlessly and DELICOUSLY round-out any frozen dessert menu.

References

Hood, J. R. (2014, January 8). Survey finds consumers concerned, but confused, about food safety. Retrieved from Consumer Affairs: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/survey-finds-consumers-concerned-but-confused-about-food-safety-010814.html