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Save Some Room for Dessert

July 16, 2014

It’s always one of those conflicting moments. Do I have enough room for dessert? Now, the answer can always be yes thanks to a wealth of royal treats that force consumers to make room for.

Cheesecake special
Eli’s Cheesecake Co., Chicago, developed Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake for the foodservice industry. Taking its cue from a perfectly executed café mocha with a crown of frothed milk, this cheesecake is a symphony of dark and light. Eli’s begins with a custom blend of milk and dark chocolate cheesecake, deepened by a layer of intensely flavored espresso cheesecake, topped with a coffee mousse and homemade bittersweet chocolate ganache and finished with a chocolate-on-chocolate design, baked on an all-butter chocolate cookie crust. The certified-kosher dairy cheesecake is 10 inches round and comes pre-sliced to serve 14 people. 

Also for the foodservice is new Eli’s Vanilla Bean Cheesecake. Rich, creamy cheesecake batter is infused with Nielsen-Massey single-source Madagascar vanilla bean paste, then baked in a fluted vanilla crumb crust and topped with house-made vanilla pastry cream, swirls of vanilla mousse and a sprinkling of vanilla crumb around the edge. Certified-kosher dairy, it comes in a 9-inch round, pre-sliced to serve 14 people.

Eli’s also launched Honey Mediterranean Cheesecake, a wildflower honey cheesecake enhanced with the subtle addition of ricotta, then topped with a crunchy layer of salted honey, toasted pistachios, almonds, a cloud of vanilla mousse and a mosaic of more toasted pistachios and almonds. Eli’s honey is harvested by students from The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Proceeds from honey sales go toward college scholarships for deserving seniors. This certified-kosher dairy cheesecake is 10 inches round and comes pre-sliced for 14 servings.

Vegan desserts
Eli’s also created Vegan Cheesecake. Certified vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation, Eli’s Vegan Cheesecake contains no animal products or byproducts, has not been tested on animals and is dairy, egg and cholesterol free. In fact, tofu and vegan dairy-free cream cheese replace cream cheese and sour cream, making this frozen dessert lower in fat than traditional cheesecake. It comes in Belgium Chocolate and Carrot Cake varieties.

Ice cream cake at its finest
For its part, Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., rolled out Golden Oreo and Vanilla Cookie Bettercreme Made with Golden Oreo ice cream cakes for in-store bakeries. More than 1 pound of real Golden Oreo cookie pieces goes into every 9-pound pail of Vanilla Cookie Bettercreme. Made with Golden Oreo throughout the light and creamy icing, the Golden Oreo ice cream cake is Rich’s first all-vanilla dessert ice cream cake. It serves up to eight people, and consists of creamy, vanilla-flavored ice cream blended with real Golden Oreo cookie pieces and topped with whipped icing and a Golden Oreo cookie.


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