5 Unique Chocolate Chip Cookie Desserts

From the sweet smell they emit while baking to the delight of seeing those melted morsels, there’s nothing better than a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. While you may think that this classic dessert can only be enjoyed at home, it’s time you thought differently. Not only is it easy to add chocolate chip cookies to your menu, but there are many ways to transform this sweet treat into a memorable dessert. Check out these 5 unique chocolate chip desserts that are perfect for any restaurant, bakery, cafe, or concession stand.

1. Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

The skillet chocolate chip cookie is probably one of the easiest methods of incorporating chocolate chip cookies onto your menu. Made famous by Chili’s and The Pioneer Woman, this dessert utilizes any chocolate chip cookie recipe (however you can use other kinds of cookies), a scoop of ice cream, and a few drizzle lines of chocolate syrup. Besides tasting delicious, the skillet chocolate chip cookie is genrally served in a cast iron skillet, which heightens the presentation of this decadent dessert and is sure to make guests feel right at home. Not to mention, your chocolate chip cookie dough can be frozen after it’s made, making it easy to prep and cook.

2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl

Besides being delicious, chocolate chip cookies can also be transformed into edible dinnerware. That sentence probably caused a combination of delight and confusion, but you read it correctly. By wrapping your cookie dough around the convex or concave side of your muffin or cupcake pan, you can create the inventive chocolate chip cookie bowl. These are perfect for mixing up the way you serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sundaes.

3. Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

We’re not sure whose idea is it was to bring together cookies and ice cream to make the most delicious sandwich, but we’re definitely not complaining. Not only are chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches an inventive dessert option, but they can also be easily altered to suit your guests preferences. If you don’t have the time to add baking cookies onto your prep list, then you can easily purchase pre-made chocolate chip cookies and warm them up after your guests have ordered them.

4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshakes

It seemed like there was nothing that could surpass the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich. It’s got everyone’s favorite desserts combined together in delicious harmony that can't be topped. Then came along chocolate chip cookie milkshakes. Think of it as a blended version of the cookie ice cream sandwiches. While you can use homemade cookies in your shakes, this drink can also be made with pre-made cookies.

5. Deep Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

No matter how old you are, there’s an element of excitement when it comes to eating cookie dough. Maybe it brings back memories of sneaking bits of dough while your mother or grandmother was baking. Maybe it’s the combination of the soft dough with the hard chocolate chips. Whatever your reason is for loving cookie dough, there’s a way you can serve it to your guests without it being plain balls of raw dough. Deep fried cookie dough combines a delicately crunchy outside with a perfectly gooey inside that is sure to have guests at your concession stand or restaurant coming back for more.

Posted in: Recipes | Menu Tips | By Emily Hepner

How to Host a St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl

Although it began as a 24-hour break from Lenten dietary restrictions, Americans are responsible for turning St. Patrick's Day into a drinking holiday. If you're planning to hold a St. Patrick's Day celebration at your pub this March 17th, hosting a local bar crawl can be a great way to increase business. Establishments located in downtown areas of cities are ideal candidates for bar crawls, as potential patrons will be traveling on foot and stopping at pubs as they pass them. Keep reading for simple tips that will help you plan a fun bar crawl this St. Paddy's Day.

1. Partner Up with Other Local Bars

Your job is to make your bar stand out from the crowd, but the best way to ensure plenty of business on St. Patrick's is to partner with the competition. You can’t have a bar crawl without other bars, so give your neighbors a call and see if they’d like to collaborate for a night of St. Paddy's Day drinking that customers won’t be able to stop talking about. The benefit of partnering up is that patrons will spend time in each of your bars, rather than giving their business to only one bar for the night.

2. Make Your Bar Crawl Official

When you’ve figured out who you’ll be partnering with, publicize your pub crawl. Consider registering your crawl with pubcrawls.com so that customers can find your event and buy tickets online. Build hype by creating an event and promoting it on Facebook. Discuss a set price for the evening, which will include discounts on drinks in each participating bar as well as any fun freebies you wish to give out at the start of the crawl. Depending on what you want to offer, a price between $15 and $30 is standard.

3. Work Out the Details of Your Crawl

Ensure that your patrons have all of the information they need to get the most out of your bar crawl by providing them with a map of the participating bars. Be sure to mark bus stops and schedules on the map as well as the phone numbers of local cab services. Customers want to have a carefree night of partying, and part of that is knowing that they have a safe ride home. At the starting line, give crawlers green wrist bands (after checking their IDs) so that bartenders immediately know who is participating in the event, and send them on their way.

4. Play Up the St. Paddy's Day Theme

When your pub crawl is official, it’s time to start to plan the festivities. Perhaps you’ll want to create a special T-shirt to hand out to participants, or have them dress in their best leprechaun costume. At the starting point, have crawlers enter their name in a raffle for a gift card giveaway that gives the lucky winners an excuse to come back to participating bars. Consider playing authentic Irish music or even hiring a band for some live traditional music. Also, make sure your establishment is stocked with green beverage napkins and green plastic cups to keep the theme alive as customers filter through your door.

5. Keep Your Bar Crawl Fun

Coordinate with your partners and make sure there’s something exciting at every stop in the crawl. Try hosting St. Patrick’s Day themed games with prizes, such as green beads or free beer, or build excitement with something unique like offering St. Paddy's themed face painting to keep customers from getting bored at your stop. They’ll enjoy their time in your establishment, and their excitement will build as they wonder what will be going on at the next bar.

Here are a few examples of fun bar crawl games you can offer your patrons:

  • A scavenger hunt that spans the bar crawl route
  • Shuffleboard, darts, and pool tournaments
  • Various drinking games
  • Trivia
  • Cornhole (weather permitting)

6. Serve Guests Their Favorite Drinks

Beer, cider, and cocktails are essential to a successful St. Patrick's Day bar crawl. In addition to Irish beer standards, we've come up with a list of craft beers and creative cocktails to consider serving on March 17th:

Classic Irish Beers and Ciders:

  • Guinness Draught (4.2%)
  • Smithwick's Premium Irish Ale (4.5%)
  • Murphy's Irish Red (5%)
  • Harp Lager (5%)
  • Magner's Irish Cider (4.5%)

Irish-Inspired Craft Beers:

  • Flying Dog Brewery's Lucky S.O.B. Irish Red (5.5%)
  • Victory Brewing Company's Donnybrook Stout (3.7%)
  • Harpoon Brewery's Celtic Ale (5.4%)
  • Goose Island Beer Company's Bourbon County Brand Stout (13.8%)
  • Thomas Creek Brewery's River Falls Red Ale (5.65%)

St. Paddy's Day Themed Cocktails:

  • Irish Car Bomb (shots of Bailey's and Jameson dropped into a glass of Guinness)
  • Irish Coffee (coffee with Jameson and Irish cream)
  • Irish Flag (creme de menthe, Licor 43, and Irish cream)
  • Grasshopper (creme de menthe and creme de cacao)
  • Irish Julep (bourbon, creme de menthe, half and half, and mint)

7. Stock Up on St. Patrick's Day Bar Supplies

Here are some St. Patrick's Day barware essentials that you'll definitely want to purchase for your restaurant, bar, or nightclub:

8. Prepare Delicious St. Paddy's Day Foods

While green beer and St. Paddy's themed cocktails are the focus of the day, crawlers need to keep food in their systems. Your customers will thank you for keeping their stomachs full as they continue their crawl. Here are a few ideas of appetizers, entrees, and desserts you can serve at your business:

St. Paddy's Day Appetizers:

  • Corned beef dip
  • Mini shepherd's pies
  • Irish brown bread
  • Potato soup

St. Paddy's Day Entrees:

  • Bangers and mash
  • Shepherd's pie
  • Corned beef and cabbage
  • Irish stew

St. Paddy's Day Desserts:

  • Irish cream chocolate mousse cake
  • Irish coffee
  • Brioche bread and butter pudding
  • Irish shortbread

Although healthy competition among local bars is necessary, try working together this St. Patrick’s Day to have a profitable evening for every pub in the community. With drink discounts, fun games and raffles, and delicious Irish fare, crawlers won’t soon forget this St. Paddy's Day.

Posted in: Holidays | Bars & Breweries | By Nora Fulmer

Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bread Pudding Recipe

Whether you run a casual restaurant, trendy cafe, or upscale bistro, chances are you've had bread pudding on your menu at some point in time. All of the ingredients in bread pudding are affordable and easy to find, so adding this dish to your lineup will also help raise your establishment's profits. To take your dessert menu to the next level, make brown sugar cinnamon bread pudding using delicious Torani flavored syrups for a tasty treat that guests will love.

How to Make Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bread Pudding

Wondering how to make bread pudding? If you'd like to add this delicious dessert item to your menu, check out the recipe and video below:



Ingredients

  • 8 slices of 1/2" cubed brioche
  • 4 oz. melted unsalted butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup Torani flavoring syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions

  1. Toss the bread crumbs in melted butter and bake them on a sheet tray for 5 minutes. Transfer them to a shallow dish.
  2. Combine the milk, cream, and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a saucepan. Bring the mix to a boil and then turn your burner off.
  3. Whisk the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, salt, Torani syrup, and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar together.
  4. Gradually temper the heated cream mixture into the egg mixture, whisking as you go.
  5. Strain this liquid and pour it over the bread crumbs.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  7. Scoop the mixture into ramekins until they're 3/4 of the way full.
  8. Bake using a water bath at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 1 hour.

Cost Breakdown of Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bread Pudding

  • Sold on Menu - $4
  • Food Cost per Serving - $.93
  • Profit Margin per Serving - $3.07
  • What is Bread Pudding?

    This dessert is made of stale bread, butter, milk, and eggs, and is often sweetened with sugar, flavoring syrups, honey, and other sweet spices. Stale bread should always be used, as it absorbs the liquid ingredients more easily than fresh bread and helps create a soft and delicate finished product.

    We chose to use Torani Brown Sugar Cinnamon flavoring syrup in our bread pudding. This luscious yet not-too-sweet product is perfect for everything from desserts to hot specialty beverages.

    History of Bread Pudding

    Bread pudding has a centuries-old history and has long been prevalent in a variety of cultures. Ancient Egyptians made a type of bread pudding called Om Ali, which contained bread, milk or cream, raisins, and almonds, while early Middle Eastern cultures enjoyed Eish es Serny, a dish made with bread, sugar, honey syrup, rosewater, and caramel.

    In India, a popular dessert called Shahi Tudka is made from bread, ghee, saffron, sugar, rosewater, and almonds. First- and second-century Romans also made bread pudding, but they used eggs rather than custard, which wasn't invented until the Middle Ages.

    Europeans first began eating bread pudding in the early 11th century, as it allowed money-conscious cooks to use up stale bread, rather than letting it go to waste. In 13th century England, bread pudding was referred to as "poor man's pudding" because it was popular with the lower classes. Bread pudding was also beloved among 18th century American colonists and was even included in Thomas Jefferson's collection of recipes.

    Why is Bread Pudding Popular?

    Bread pudding is a quintessential comfort food, which has helped this dish make its way onto menus at both casual and upscale establishments. This dessert is also popular because it allows chefs to get creative in terms of ingredients. In addition to traditional sweet breads like challah, sourdough, and brioche, cooks can use leftover coffee cakes, danishes, muffins, donuts, and croissants as a base.

    All of the ingredients used to make bread pudding are also affordable, and your chefs will appreciate the opportunity to use up old or leftover bread. This dessert can also be made using anything from an oven or crock pot to a microwave or stovetop, so you'll have no trouble preparing it in any type of large or small kitchen.

    In addition to the United States, bread pudding is popular in countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Brazil, France, the Philippines, and Mexico. All of these nations also put their own unique spin on bread pudding by incorporating fresh, local ingredients.


    Brown sugar cinnamon bread pudding made with Torani syrups is the perfect addition to any foodservice business's menu. This dessert is light enough to be enjoyed after a large dinner but filling enough to complement a light meal or stand on its own. Best of all, its profit margin per serving will help your establishment save money and increase your revenue.

    Posted in: Foodservice Trends | By Nora Fulmer

    Impress Your Guests With This Valentine's Day Menu Special

    This Valentine's Day weekend, restaurants will be full of couples wanting to share a delicious meal with their loved one. Whether you're making a romantic dinner for two people or for one hundred people, this meal and drink combination is easy to prepare and fancy enough to please a crowd on the holiday of love.

    To resize this recipe to suit your serving needs, enter the quantities into our recipe resizer and make it for as many people as you like.

    Easy Valentine's Day Entree

    Couples are typically looking for something special when they dine out on Valentine's Day, and this meal is just that. Not to mention, it's easy to prepare, either in small batches or in bulk. Below, you'll learn how to make delicious seared scallops with a carrot puree, plus a side salad with warm bacon vinaigrette:


    How to Make Carrot Puree

    Tools used: Mercer Millenia 8" chef knife, 24" x 24" maple cutting board, and Waring Xtreme MX1200XTX blender

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 lbs. carrots, trimmed, peeled, and cut into 2" pieces
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Optional: butter

    Directions

    1. Puree the carrots, hot water, salt, and pepper, starting on a low setting and gradually working to a higher setting.

    2. Follow manufacturer instructions when adding hot liquids to your blender.

    3. Add a dollop of butter and puree again (optional).

    4. Transfer the puree to an oven-safe container and keep it warm in an oven on low heat until the scallops are done.

    How to Make Seared Scallops

    Tools used: Lodge 10" carbon steel French pan, Mercer M33183 Hell's Handle fish spatula

    Ingredients

    • 6 dry diver scallops
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 tbsp. butter

    Directions

    1. Preheat pan on medium to medium-high heat.

    2. Season both sides of the scallops with salt and pepper to taste.

    3. Add a small amount of vegetable oil to the pan, and add the scallops.

    4. Add butter to the center of the pan, and cook the scallops for 1-2 minutes per side while basting with butter.

    5. Once the scallops are golden brown on both sides, keep them warm in the oven on a plate or tray while making the vinaigrette.

    How to Make Frisee Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

    Tools used: Wire whip

    Ingredients

    • 4 oz. bacon, diced
    • 4 oz. apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tbsp. shallots, minced
    • 2 tbsp. mustard
    • 1 tbsp. butter
    • 1 small head frisee

    Directions

    1. Fry and render the diced bacon on medium-high heat and remove it from the pan when crispy.

    2. Turn the heat to low, and mix the apple cider vinegar with the bacon grease, then add minced shallots, and simmer.

    3. Add mustard and whisk the ingredients together in pan.

    4. Turn heat off and add butter.

    5. Pour the dressing over your frisee salad and garnish with bacon.

    Strawberry Champagne Cocktail Recipe

    Tools used: Cardinal H2090 6.25 oz. sheer rim flute glass

    This strawberry champagne cocktail is the perfect compliment to the scallops and salad. By adding this to your menu as a special Valentine's Day option, you'll give your customers the impression that they're getting something indulgent for their holiday celebration. Learn how to make it below:

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Pour the strawberry nectar into a small glass.

    2. Stir in the vodka until mixed and pour into a champagne flute.

    3. Add champagne slowly to fill the rest of the glass.

    4. Garnish with a strawberry slice.


    Now that you have an easy recipe to wow your guests on Valentine's Day, make sure that you're stocked up on essential products. Luckily, we've got the last minute Valentine's Day supplies you need here:

    Posted in: Features | By Sabrina Bomberger
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