Photo source: Mavens Creamery
Just a decade ago, U.S. dairy foods innovators would have never thought about using Asian flavors in everything from milk beverages to ice cream to yogurt. Well, from all the reports and conversations I’ve been having, the time is now for Asian flavors to be in the mainstream dairy department, from coast to coast.
Remember, what’s starts in foodservice eventually makes it to retail. And in case you have not noticed, Asian flavors have been on the rise across all food and beverage categories, in all types of foodservice, from fine dining to independent cafes. Many start out on TikTok and get transformed into trendy menu items. How about commercializing some of these concepts and bringing them to retail?
Pastry Sous Chef Jane Bayle of Utah-based hospitality group Leave Room For Dessert Eateries, says this. “Asia has such a wide variety of fruit-flavored ice cream. I’d love to see that in the U.S! Ice cream can be a learning moment for kids, helping to teach about fruit varieties and expanding palates. By incorporating a fruit puree in ice cream, you’re also able to sneak in tons of vitamins and nutrients, while minimizing the amount of sugar used in the overall recipe.”
“Every time I introduce ube to someone, they end up loving it. Not only is the purple color very appealing, but the earthy, sweet aroma of ube is an excellent flavor to incorporate in pastries and ice creams. I also love red bean, though the name can make it a bit intimidating. Red bean is great because it’s packed with protein and is a little less sweet, so it works well in both sweet and savory recipes.”
Think red bean yogurt dip. And how about this awesome ube latte I had a few weeks ago at Wake ‘n Bacon in Chicago?