Make way for breadfruit waffles and maple pancake ice cream

Maple-flavored foods are all the rage these days, as are cauliflower-based snacks and everything-but-meat burgers, judging by a list of the company’s new favorites. Specialty Food Association.

Why is it important: The winning products – which include a mix of pancakes and breadfruit waffles, a salted caramel hot chocolate and a vegan cheese made with carrots – indicate the flavors and products that will be on the menu in traditional restaurants and in restaurants. home kitchens.

A taste: Winners of the Specialty Food Association’s “sofi Awards” include Maple Dipped Pancakes from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Tasty Snack Cauliflower Florets from Rick’s Picks and Plant-Based Salmon Burgers from Gathered Food Corp.

Methodology: The judges, drawn from Rutgers University’s Food Innovation Center, used “flavor, appearance, texture, aroma, ingredient quality and innovation” as criteria.

To note : Weird flavors of ice cream — including “everything bagel” and “mac ‘n’ cheese” — are a new trend, according to the Wall Street Journal.

And after: Some of these products might appear in your neighborhood 7-Eleven.

  • The company has launched a competition for up-and-coming food makers who want to be featured next to the Slurpee machine (and elsewhere in stores).
  • “Sevs” (as 7-Eleven is known in Jennifer’s household) said it wants to “expand its product offering beyond that of a typical convenience store.”

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