Tropical flavours proliferate in non-alcohol frozen beverages on Canadian menus, according to Technomic’s MenuMonitor. Fruits like banana, mango and pineapple take the top three spots on the list of leading flavours. The rich, creaminess of banana lends itself well to fruit smoothies and chillers and pairs with almost any other fruit. Mango and pineapple, on the other hand, offer a refreshing mix of sweet and tart notes, particularly popular during warm spring and summer months.
In addition to exotic fruit flavours, berries are a leading ingredient in non-alcohol frozen drinks. Traditional varieties like strawberry and raspberry both make the list, adding sweetness and colour to smoothies and other frozen options.
Another appealing aspect of these ingredients relates to health. Banana and berries, in particular, are often ingredients found in better-for-you frozen beverages due to their health benefits. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin C, while berries are packed with antioxidants. For example, Jugo Juice recently debuted the health-focused Fresh Start smoothie with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, purple cabbage, cranberry juice, unsweetened almond milk and ginger.