Flavor Trends, Strategies and Solutions for Menu Development

By Flavor & The Menu
April 3, 2021

Fried chicken sandwiches continue to be superstars on menus nationwide, satisfying consumers’ cravings for comfort food and both regional and global flavors. Chicken is by far the most popular protein used in sandwiches, and consumption continues to increase: 57% of consumers order a chicken sandwich at a foodservice establishment at least once per month.* In addition, meal delivery service GrubHub ranked the Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich its No. 1 menu item in 2020, up 319% from 2019.

65% of consumers ages 18-34 say they would be more likely to recommend a restaurant to family and friends if that restaurant offered King’s Hawaiian products.
Source: Technomic’s Brand Equity and Impact: Understanding the value of brand at foodservice study, December 2019

King’s Hawaiian buns are uniquely suited to fried chicken sandwiches as they maintain their integrity and structure whether eaten on-premise or taken to go. And King’s Hawaiian’s unique sweetness is a perfect match for savory, delicious fried chicken and its myriad of accompanying flavors.

King’s Hawaiian Original Slider Buns have the ideal, just-soft-enough structure to sandwich a hot-and-sweet ancho-honey fried chicken thigh and pile of caramelized onions. They’re firm enough to hold up as each Little Dipper slider gets dunked into a side of flavorful green chile queso. “The slider rolls are gorgeous and structural, and just soft enough to squish down and encompass so many layers inside,” says Dina Paz. “They’re perfect from a visual standpoint and offer endless menu creativity, including shareble items.”Credit: King’s Hawaiian

King’s Hawaiian Original Slider Buns have the ideal, just-soft-enough structure to sandwich a hot-and-sweet ancho-honey fried chicken thigh and pile of caramelized onions. They’re firm enough to hold up as each Little Dipper slider gets dunked into a side of flavorful green chile queso. “The slider rolls are gorgeous and structural, and just soft enough to squish down and encompass so many layers inside,” says Dina Paz. “They’re perfect from a visual standpoint and offer endless menu creativity, including shareble items.”

BREAD WINNER ON & OFF PREMISE

“A good chicken sandwich begins with great bread,” says Dina Paz, Culinary Director with Sterling-Rice Group (SRG), a brand consultancy and creative agency. “Operators are seeking structurally sound bread options for their chicken creations that retain their integrity during travel and in hard-to-control environments.”

Many turn to hard rolls or spongy breads that lack flavor, but might hold up for delivery. Structural soundness is crucial, but isn’t enough for today’s discerning consumers. The bread component has to bring value through unique flavor, interesting texture and product narrative. “King’s Hawaiian checks off all the boxes,” says Paz.

King’s Hawaiian Little Island Buns make a perfect carrier for a variety of inspirations, including this Honolulu Hot & Sweet Crispy Chicken sandwich with pineapple-habanero relish.Credit: King’s Hawaiian

King’s Hawaiian Little Island Buns make a perfect carrier for a variety of inspirations, including this Honolulu Hot & Sweet Crispy Chicken sandwich with pineapple-habanero relish.

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