Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development
French Toast

By Flavor & The Menu
April 27, 2019


Pinpointing innovative, appealing flavors that hold modern menu potential is truly an art. The team at Monin’s Flavor Innovation Center takes flavor development very seriously, dedicating itself to identifying and tracking new trends through analysis of both proprietary and secondary research. In addition, they use an “eye to the street” approach that includes frequent, global market excursions.

Monin is calling out Vanilla Spice as the “Flavor of the Year.” Versatile, nuanced and surprising, this modern-meets-traditional flavor has a complexity that’s crafted from the finest ingredients sourced from around the globe. The product starts with pure cane sugar and rich Madagascar vanilla beans for a dark, creamy flavor and sweet, buttery aroma. Then cinnamon extract from Sri Lanka, cardamom extract from Guatemala, and nutmeg and clove essential oils from Indonesia are added for a twist on the classic vanilla flavor.

“These ingredients complement each other in a way that can only be described as delicious. The result is a versatile, balanced flavor with subtle notes that tell a worldly story,” says Darren Loscalzo, VP of Innovation for Monin.

Monin Vanilla Spice Syrup is versatile across the menu, carrying the flavor in menu items like Vanilla Spice French Toast (top) to a Vanilla Spice Citrus Sparkler.

Perfect for Summer Sipping

The cocktail trend today sees intriguing flavor play presented in sessionable, social drinks. It’s all about the surprise and delight, introducing flavors in memorable ways. “Our Vanilla Spice Citrus Sparkler is refreshing and different—a perfect combination for modern consumers,” says Loscalzo. This signature drink is an easy build with vodka, fresh lemon juice, Monin Vanilla Spice Syrup and club soda.

“The Vanilla Spice, with its notes of cardamom and cinnamon, pairs really well with rum drinks, too,” he says. The Tropical Vanilla Spice Daiquiri stars dark rum, fresh lemon juice, Monin Vanilla Spice Syrup, Monin Coconut Purée and bitters.

The versatility of this syrup is impressive. Vanilla Spice even adds a unique twist to classic iced coffee and coffee cocktails as warmer temperatures heat up demand for cold coffee beverages.

Endless Possibilities

Classic vanilla flavor pairs well with a variety of sweet and savory culinary recipes. Add exotic flavor to your breakfast menu with easy-to-make flavored breakfast syrup or decadently spiced French toast.

Monin Vanilla Spice Syrup is made without any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and is GMO-free, gluten free and vegan.

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