Archive for January, 2013

Dandelion Honey Predicted as 2013 Flavor Trend
Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Spring is right around the corner, and with that brings buds on trees, fresh grass and dandelions popping up in yards. Before you have the urge to mow down the yellow “weeds,” remember that they too are flowering plants with a purpose. In fact, Sensient Flavors, an Indianapolis-based flavor company, has named dandelion honey as a flavor trend for 2013.

According to, the trend list was developed using Sensient’s “Trends to Taste” program, which is a predictive process that filters broad trends down to finished concepts. Dandelion’s nectar makes a varietal honey with mild sweetness and slight astringency.

The Flavor Trend Prediction list also includes blue honeysuckle berry. Trending flavors are inspired by comfort, connections, sensory, health and wellness.

For the full list of 2013 flavor trends, click here.

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Valentine’s Day Week Sparks Growth in Dessert Sales
Thursday, January 24th, 2013

There is no better time of year than Valentine’s Day to surprise your loved one with a honey-sweetened specialty dessert.

According to Modern Baking, the week surrounding Valentine’s Day is the top-selling week for specialty desserts.

Specialty desserts such as tarts, eclairs, dipped/covered fruits, cannoli and baklava have been growing in popularity over the past several years. However, according to Chicago-based Nielsen Perishables Group, who compiled 17,000 nationwide stores’ results, specialty desserts jump in sales even more during the week of Valentine’s Day.

Specialty desserts accounted for 1.3 percent of in-store bakery sales in 2012, however during Valentine’s Day the highest average dollar sales jumped to $511 per store, a 47 percent increase. Dipped/covered fruits topped the list as the highest selling specialty dessert category, averaging a $353 dollar increase per store during that week. Tarts and eclairs were the next highest sellers during the week of Valentine’s Day, averaging sales of $50 and $38 per store.

If you’d like to stay on trend in 2013 and contribute to the dipped fruits category, yet want to try a new spin on flavor, try honey-dipped fruit. It’s a great natural sweetener that can be added to pineapples, apples or strawberries. Or try dipping a fruit kabob in a honey yogurt dip or an orange honey dip.

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Moonstruck Chocolate Honey Vanilla Caramel Truffles
Friday, January 11th, 2013

HoneyVanillaCarameltrufflesHoney Vanilla Caramel Truffles by Moonstruck Chocolate Co. are made with soft caramel that is slow cooked in an open kettle, then flavored with hints of honey and pure Madagascar vanilla. Once cooked, the truffles are enrobed in milk chocolate and decorated with dark chocolate stripes. They are sold in boxes of 20.

Moonstruck Chocolate Co. has five café locations in Oregon, expanding since its 1993 inception. The concept was to handcraft superior chocolates that would taste and look exceptional. Moonstruck now pairs its own chocolate with fresh flavors found mainly in the Pacific Northwest.

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