Salted Caramel is Summer’s Biggest Flavor Trend

Salted caramel is busting out. Just yesterday, Vermont-based ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s announced a partnership with New Belgium Brewing Co. (which is not located in Brussels, but in Fort Collins, Colorado) to put its name on an ice cream-flavored beer. Not any ice cream-flavored beer, mind you. But a beer flavored with salted caramel and chocolate. The beer, which is called Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, is currently scheduled be produced at the end of the year, according to Sean Greenwood, who is head of communications for Ben & Jerry’s. That is, unless the ice cream-flavored beer backlash doesn’t cause a change of plans.Stockton Graham Salted Caramel Iced Coffee

That announcement, which generated a flurry of media coverage, comes only a few weeks after Skippy announced the answer to our salty-and-sweet prayers. They’ll soon be shipping Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Spread with the tagline “Good Never Tasted So Good” to a supermarket near you.

The Twittersphere was giddy with excitement: “Will your inner foodie scream SKIPPY YIPPIE for our new Peanut Butter Spread with Salted Caramel?” the Skippy people posted. Since the announcement, their Twitter feed has been, um, salted with salted caramel recipes like Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Brownies, Banana Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Frosting and Three-Ingredient Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cookies.

And then there’s celebrity chef and blogger Bren Herrera’s Salted Caramel Salted Caramel Popcorn with Honey Chipotle Jerky, which was inspired by the Today Show’s Al Roker and shared on the show’s food blog last month.

The other big celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, chimed in with a salted caramel mocha. According to Oliver, it is a marriage of rich, sweet chocolate and bold, bitter coffee with a hint of salty intensity that is “truly on another level.”

Perhaps the salted caramel trend was ignited in March at the 35th Annual Natural Products Expo West. No fewer than a dozen salted caramel options from brownies to bar snacks lined the booths at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Chobani showed Flip Creations with Salted Caramel Crunch and Kellogg’s offered a new Special K Chewy Snack Bars in a salted caramel variety.

Luckily, Torani gives your shop a simple way to profit from the salted caramel craze. Perfect for frappes, espressos and steamed milk, the syrup’s buttery caramel kicks things off and its touch of saltiness appears at the end.

Here at Stockton Graham & Co., Salted Caramel Iced Coffee has become the go-to drink of the month. Made with Torani Salted Caramel and Stockton’s Ice Coffee Blend, which is roasted by Stockton Graham Coffees in Raleigh, NC, the light saltiness complement’s the coffee’s natural sweetness.

Here’s the recipe:

Salted Caramel Iced Coffee
7 oz.    Brewed Stockton’s Ice Coffee Blend
¾ oz.   Torani Salted Caramel Syrup
(Or caramel with a pinch of sea salt)
16 oz.  Ice
Milk or cream to taste

Directions: Add ice to cup. Pour in coffee followed by syrup. Adjust amount if customer wants milk. Stir vigorously and serve.

Brewing directions for Stockton’s Ice Coffee Blend can be found here.

Call 800.835.5943 to order Torani Salted Caramel Syrup or Stockton’s Ice Coffee Blend today!

Heat Up Your Menu with Cold Brew Drinks

Cold Brew RecipesLevi Andersen, the Beverage Product Specialist at Kerry Foodservice, sent over some fresh recipes for luscious springtime drinks featuring cold brew coffee.

As we were testing Levi’s recipes, our friends at Monin pointed out that iced coffee’s share of all coffee on menus at U.S. restaurants and coffee houses continues to jump, indicating that consumers’ interest in cold brew beverages spans all four seasons. What’s more, the National Coffee Association’s 2014 Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee Facts report notes that a full 15% of coffee drinkers prefer iced coffee.

“The last three summers, I have seen more and more excitement about cold brewed coffee,” Levi Andersen from Kerry FoodService reports. “There is a lot of opportunity to debut (or day-brew) new menu items.”

In experimenting with Big Train Vanilla Smoothie, Levi learned that adding cold brewed coffee (ratio of 5 oz of coffee to 2 scoops of mix) lets him create frappes with various coffee varietals with unique flavor profiles. Custom-blending like this allows your shop to develop a bespoke frappe flavor to suit your (and your customers’) coffee preferences.

When it comes to cold coffee, Stockton Graham & Co. prefers our own Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend. It’s a blend of sweet and bright coffees featuring our exquisite Brazil Alta Mogiana Peaberry.

Packed with flavors soft and sweet, our Alta Mogiana Peaberry is balanced nicely with hints of dried apricots and other stone fruits. The body is exceptionally smooth and provides a nice base for the building acidity and clean finish. And this creates a terrific base for Levi’s ice brew recipes!

Vanilla Cold Brew Whipped Cream

1 oz DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Madagascar Vanilla Syrup
4 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend (view recipe)
11 oz heavy whipping cream

Directions: Add syrup to cold coffee and then add cream. ISI charge or hand whip until frothy. Pour and serve.

Turkish Hazelnut Cold Brew Frappe

2 scoops Big Train Vanilla Smoothie
0.5 oz DaVinci Gourmet Single Origin Turkish Hazelnut Syrup
5 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend (view recipe)
12 oz ice

Direction: Place Big Train Vanilla Smoothie in blender jar. Add coffee and syrup. Top with ice. Blend until smooth, pour into cup and serve.

Turkish Hazelnut Cold Brew Frappe

2 scoops Big Train Horchata
5 oz brewed Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend
12 oz ice

Direction: Place Big Train Horchata in blender jar. Add coffee. Top with ice. Blend until smooth, pour into cup and serve.

Download DaVinci’s March 2015 Thirst Trends for Levi’s recipes and call a Stockton Graham & Co. Customer Care Associate at 800.835.5943 to order Stockton’s Cold Brew Blend from Stockton Graham Coffees.

Cold Brewed Irish Coffee-tini

Who said St. Patrick’s Day coffee has to be hot? Sure, we don’t mind a stiff Irish Coffee in March; but we also quite like this cold coffee version as well. What’s particularly nice about this recipe is that you can cold brew the coffee ahead of time, which cuts down on the fuss when it’s time to mix and serve.

In terms of bean origin, we’ve tried all the usual suspects—Brazilian, Ethiopian, Colombian, Sumatran. They all work well, but we prefer a blend of Colombian and Sumatran, roasted medium. It seems to hold up to the vodka without overwhelming the tongue.

  • 3 oz cold brewed coffee
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3 ozCoffeeTini vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 3 oz cream liqueur
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Sprig of mint, cinnamon stick and/or cocktail sugar

Pour coffee, vodka, simple syrup, simple syrup and vanilla extract (if using) to a cocktail shaker. Add ice to the shaker to above the level of the liquid and shake for 3 seconds. Strain the mixture into tall glasses containing ice cubes. Garnish with mint or cinnamon stick.

Cold-brewed Coffee Recipe

  1. Place the coffee grounds in a 2-quart pitcher, add the water and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and let steep at room temperature for at least 12 hours and up to 1 day.
  2. Line a fine-mesh strainer with a standard coffee filter and fit it over a medium bowl. Working in batches, slowly pour the coffee into the filter until all of the liquid has passed through the strainer (the coffee will pass through in a slow stream; don’t force it through); stop when you reach the solids at the bottom of the pitcher (don’t pour them in). Discard the grounds and the contents of the strainer.
  3. Wash and dry the pitcher. Transfer the strained coffee into the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 2 hours or up to 5 days.

 

Healthy Fruit Smoothies for Spring

Moving into spring, your customers are looking for a beverage that is refreshing and health conscious (bathing suit season is coming up), so the time is right to put smoothies back on the menu!

Adding frozen drinks to your menu could increase sales $1000 a year in a single store! Stockton Graham DaVInci Jet SmoothiesAnd you only need to sell two frozen drinks a day for six months to exceed that mark. That’s because the profit margin on frozen drinks is high, and they literally sell themselves without any additional marketing or advertising. (Although Stockton Graham & Co. offers a wide variety of POS materials including counter cards and signage to our customers.)

To further help you increase sales, MONIN is offering $3 off any case of Fruit Smoothie Mix you buy. There is no limit to how much you can redeem! Click here for the rebate form.

There’s also a rebate on Dr. Smoothie’s 100% Crushed Fruit flavors including the new 100% Crushed Fruit flavors: Beetroot & Berries and Tropical Sunshine. Get up to $120 back on all Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit and Organics through June 2015.

Or, if your business needs a blender upgrade, receive FREE cases of pour and blend smoothie with the purchase of any blender package.

You can choose smoothies from Big Train, Torani, Monin and DaVinci Gourmet (formally Jet)! If you prefer Dr. Smoothie 100% Crushed Fruit, Classic Smoothie or Cafe Essentials, you can get three FREE cases with a blender purchase over $500 and two FREE cases with a blender purchase under $500. Read all the details on our blender specials.

Jet Smoothies are now sold under the DaVinci name
To start out this smoothie season Jet smoothies have been re-branded to DaVinci Gourmet! With all the classic flavors you have come to love, these smoothies will have no formula changes and no packaging changes. Under the DaVinci brand they offer 3 types of smoothie options:

  1. Natural Smoothies – No artificial flavors or colors, this smoothie is the natural choice for a great tasting, better for you beverage!
  2. Fruit Smoothies – The original pour over and blend smoothie, expect extra fruit flavor in this delicious blended drink!
  3. Non Fat Yogurt Smoothies – An alternative better-for-you smoothie option, this option offers all natural fruit puree & healthy yogurt for twice the health benefits!

Looking for the Green Tea that Jet used to offer in their smoothies? Big Train now offers a Big Train Fruit Tea Blast Smoothie with all the benefits of Green Tea, so Stockton Graham & Co. still has you covered!

Interested in learning more about this new smoothie option? Want to discuss which pour over smoothie best fits your customers’ needs? Call 800.835.5943 and talk to your Customer Care Associate about healthier beverage options today!

Classic Irish Coffee Recipe

STG510-Four-leaf-clover--2Classic Irish Coffee Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

  • 6 oz. freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 oz or 3 tbsp)
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill footed mug or a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.

Show Your Customers Some Love this Valentine’s Day!

Valentines day-imageThis year Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday, February 14, so your shop should have V-Day themed events and specials all week! Show your customers how much you care by giving them “Valentines”. Keep a few Valentines (aka coupons for discounted drinks) by the register to give out to regular and loyal customers all week.

Be sure to promote your Valentine’s day specials on your Social Media accounts, website and newsletters. You should also have posters, flyers, table toppers and chalk boards promoting any specials in your store. Make sure, as with any special event, your store is decorated to subtly remind your customers of the holiday and the specials they could take advantage of.

On Valentine’s Day, share the love by offering a special discounted  beverage all day! Or, have a small “treat” ready to show your appreciation like a small chocolate for each customer or a free flavor shot! You might also encourage those who have significant others to make visiting your shop part of their date night by offering a buy-one-get-one deal on drinks later in the evening!

Here are a few love-inspired drinks to try on this special holiday:

White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha
Ingredients:

  • 1 Pump white chocolate sauce
  • 2 Pumps raspberry syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • Steamed milk

Pull the shots directly into a cup containing the sauce and syrup, stir gently and add the steamed milk!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
 Ingredients:
  • 5 oz. water
  • 3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Strawberry Concentrate
  • 3/4 (70cc) scoop of Chocolate frappe or iced hot chocolate mix
  • 16 oz. cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend. Optional: Top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate pieces and a small strawberry.
Hot Cinnamon Twist White Mocha
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 oz. Monin Spicy Red Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 oz.  White Chocolate Sauce
  • 2 shots of Espresso
  • 8 oz. milk
Tips: Garnish with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream.

Contact our Customer Care Department by calling 800.835.5943 for access to samples, POS Materials and more fun ideas.

See Past Valentine’s Day Blogs:
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…
Valentine’s Day / Mardi Gras Coffee Drink Recipes!
Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras Promotions for your Coffee Shop!

Wishing You A HEALTHY New Year

SGC-specialty-beverage One of the top New Year’s resolutions, year after year, is to lose weight and be more healthy. Give your customers’ health kick a boost by providing them healthy options from Dr. Smoothie! This line of purees is the perfect solution to the yearly health craze, and each whole fruit or veggie smoothie includes a full FIVE servings of fruit in a 20 oz. beverage. Free of gluten, dairy, preservatives and artificial flavors, Dr. Smoothie purees are sure to satisfy most diets your customers are trying to stick to through the New Year.

Order the Dr. Smoothie products mentioned in the recipes below by calling 800 835 5943. 

cherry_gone_wildCherries Gone Wild
2 oz. water
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Wild Cherry Cranberry Concentrate
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Acai Plus Concentrate
16 oz. Cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

 

caramel_appleCaramel Apple
2 oz. water
3 oz. Dr. Smoothie Northwest Red Apple Orchard Concentrate
2 oz. – 3 oz. caramel sauce
15 oz. cup of ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.

 

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Peach Pumpkin Pie
2 oz. water
4 oz. Dr. Smoothie Peach Pear Apricot Concentrate
1 oz. pumpkin pie filling
2 tbsp. Café Essentials Chai Original
2 tsp. Café Essentials Vanilla Cream
16 oz. cup of 3/4” ice
Add the ingredients in the order listed above and blend.