3 Ideas for More Premium Sweets

November 2020

Freeze-dried fruit and indulgent baked inclusions are helping confectionery brands deliver on consumer expectations for more premium sweets. Baked inclusions and toppings are ideal for layering indulgent flavors and textures in chocolate or baked goods, while versatile freeze-dried fruits offer an array of new flavor and color possibilities, along with a clean-label and added nutrition.

Curious how these ingredients could fit into an existing recipe, or looking for some NPD inspiration? Check out some of our innovative ideas for creating premium, elevated sweets aligned with the latest consumer trends.

1. Add natural fruit flavor and color to chocolate bars and candy

As consumers look for reduced or low-sugar claims, freeze-dried fruits are a versatile way to add natural sweetness, vibrant colors and even functional benefits to chocolate and fruit jellies. Nearly all nutrients are retained during the freeze-drying process, making freeze-dried fruits ideal for better-for-you formulations.

Strawberry and raspberry are a classic and sophisticated pairing for dark or white chocolate. For a tropical twist, try a combination of mango, passion fruit and lime.

2. Create interest with an indulgent topping

Sweet baked ingredients are the ideal topping for baked sweets or rich dark chocolate, elevating indulgence with a luxurious melt-in-the-mouth texture. All of our baked selections feature authentic ingredients and no artificial preservatives, adding value to simpler, clean label formulations. Most importantly, our baked selections have a low water content, which means they can be easily added to any of your existing recipes.

Choose from waffle, doughnut, and brioche toppings, or gingerbread for a holiday-inspired recipe. Pair sweet baked toppings with freeze-dried fruit for an extra layer of color, flavor and fun.

Bring a pop of color and flavor to popcorn

Popcorn is a low-calorie, high fiber and diet-friendly snack. For extra flavor and a hint of indulgence, experiment with freeze-dried fruit additions covered with chocolate drizzle. Sour cherry, blueberry and raspberry inclusions are sure to take this sweet and savory pairing to another level.

3. Experiment with innovative flavors

Vegetables and chocolate – it’s not as crazy as it sounds! Today’s adventurous consumers are looking for unique flavor experiences, including more “earthy” flavors contributed by nuts, seeds and vegetables. With a deep, vibrant color and distinctive sweetness, freeze-dried powdered beetroot works in a variety of confectionery applications, like these chocolate truffles. It’s also a real superfood, aligned with consumer preference for nutritious, plant-based ingredients.

Whether you’re working on something new or reformulating to meet new trends, our R&D team can work with you to develop a high-quality, innovative product. Learn more about all of our freeze-dried and baked ingredient offerings, or contact us today at customer.services@chaucerfoods.com.

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