According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor, chocolate cake is the leading type of baked good on Canadian menus. Operators can put their own specialty mark on this classic dessert with the use of quality chocolate, fruit or nut flavour infusions and sides of unique ice cream. For example, Fox & Fiddle offers Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Cake with peanut butter filling, dark truffle cream, roasted peanuts and caramel.
Fruit pies and crisps also make the list with 131 mentions on Canadian menus in the latest period. These sweets are an ideal opportunity to spotlight seasonal flavours such as apple and pumpkin. Operators can also promote freshness by using locally sourced ingredients, such as White Spot’s summer Fresh BC Blueberry Pie made with locally sourced blueberries from British Columbia.
Also appearing on the list are two “other” categories, including “other cookie” and “other/specialty cheesecake.” These categories include unique, specialty varieties that help operators differentiate their menus.