Mousse is a staple on any dessert table or bakery case. An airy dessert with a fluffy texture and ridiculously rich flavor, mousse can be enjoyed on its own or be utilized as a layering component in an array of other desserts.

Mousse is incredibly versatile and can yield dozens of different flavor combinations. A simple two-step process, Itaberco’s Pronto Mousse mixes of classic, vanilla, and chocolate are designed to pair flawlessly with our compounds and flavors.

The sky’s truly the limit for creating your own custom mousse recipes. Here are some recipes using our Pronto Mousse we hope will inspire you!

Cereal Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream combines two classic favorites into one unforgettable dessert. Inspired by the sweetened milk that’s left at the bottom of a cereal bowl, Christina Tosi created cereal milk, which she’s been serving at Momofuku’s the Milk Bar as a beverage and the base for milkshakes and soft serve ice cream.

I’m really passionate about using those staple grocery items where you don’t need a lot of fancy things to make a really incredible, show-stopping dessert,” Tosi said in an interview with Business Insider.

While the trend isn’t new, cereal-flavored dessert is still a beloved concept that continues to delight. This past March, Ben & Jerry’s rolled out three cereal-flavored ice creams available exclusively at their store locations, which has renewed interest in the trend. A reinterpretation of a childhood favorite, Cereal Milk Soft Serve brings back fond memories and positive experiences, making it a great menu offering. Learn the simple process below for making Cereal Milk Soft Serve using Itaberco’s Soft Serve Mix and your favorite cereal!

When you hear the word “natural,” you might think of fresh produce before  gelato or soft serve, but the demand for natural solutions has spread throughout the food industry. Based on research performed by the market intelligence agency, Mintel, consumer demands for natural and “less processed” food is gaining wider traction in the United States. Moreover, the demand for sustainable practices and “getting back to the basics” are both emerging trends that go hand in hand with the demand for natural products. Consumers are seeking food with recognizable ingredients from reliable sources. We’re responding by removing artificial ingredients, aiming for clean labels, being conscientious about where we source our ingredients, and choosing GMO-free and organic options whenever possible.

What Does Natural Look Like?

Although the FDA doesn’t define the term “natural”, consumers tend to perceive natural as meaning Clean Label products, which are less processed and avoid ingredients such as hydrogenated fats, corn syrup, artificial colors and artificial flavors. (The FDA addressed the use of the term “natural” by opening the discussion to the public. To learn more, view the submitted comments.)

Natural Dessert Solutions are Our Mission

At Itaberco, we’ve made it our mission to find natural solutions for the dessert industry. Passionate about leading innovation, we have dedicated ourselves to this fast-growing market, working to develop products that are clean label with natural flavors and no artificial colors. Developing natural products isn’t as simple as swapping out artificial ingredients for natural ones, however. The transition comes with some realities. For example, some natural ingredients are less stable, resulting in a shorter shelf-life. Eliminating artificial colors can also result in a more subdued color palette, since it’s derived from nature. Although this may challenge current expectations, Itaberco is working to find innovative solutions to meet consumer demands.

Itaberco’s Pronto Panna Cotta mix makes it simple to create a classic Italian custard with an elegant cream flavor. Being a flexible product, this mix can also be applied to various dessert recipes, such as the adaptations below. Try these suggested recipes or create your own for a unique and effortless final product!

Itaberco’s Pronto Panna Cotta Mix makes it simple to create a classic Italian custard with an elegant cream flavor. Being a flexible product, this mix can also be applied to various dessert recipes, such as the adaptations below. Try these suggested recipes or create your own for a unique and effortless final product!

Pastries pair perfectly with coffee–and they could bring more in-store sales! Imagine entering a c-store and being greeted with the smell of fresh-basked banana bread pudding. As you’re ordering your coffee, you see the bread pudding in the display case and just can’t resist buying a piece! Offering simple baked goods (such as bread pudding) can easily bring great value added revenue to your convenience store.

 According to CSP, “The convenience industry has the ability to offer these products, so it’s really the operator’s commitment to offer a quality program to create more of a coffee experience, rather than a coffee destination alone.” How do you create a coffee experience with pastries? Here are few tips:

Focus on the Display Case

Make sure you have a prominent, well-stocked pastry display. Think about positioning the case next to your coffee counter or right by the register. Customers are likely to grab a pastry with their coffee order or while checking out.

Change Items Throughout the Day

Consider offering different products throughout the day. Muffins, danishes, and fritters are popular morning items, whereas cookies, bread pudding, cakes, and brownies draw more attention in the afternoon.

Consider Different Demographics

Another tip is to cater to multiple tastes, rather than focusing on just one. Consider offering traditional pastries alongside more nuanced items that cater to different demographics.

Don't Get Discouraged

Don’t be discouraged if sales don’t immediately go up with the addition of baked goods! It takes time to become a destination. With enough exposure, customers will start recognizing that your c-store is a great option for fresh pastry and bakery items.

What to Offer?

Adding pastry and bakery items to your c-store doesn’t have to be complicated! Itaberco offers a variety of ingredients for simple-to-execute baked goods. Our ingredients save time without forfeiting flavor or looks. They’re quick and reliable, which is key in a c-store! Consider using Itaberco’s Pronto Panna Cotta mix to make bread pudding, use our Baking Fillings to make thumbprint cookies and danishes, or use Itaberco’s Pronto Crème Brûlée mix to make a gluten-free coconut tea cake.

According to the FDA, every year, 1 out of 6 people in the United States (48 million people) suffers from foodborne illness and more than a hundred thousand are hospitalized, making it a serious public safety issue that is largely preventable. In response, the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed by Congress and signed into law in 2011. Considered one of the largest food safety law reforms in the last 70 years, its intention is to “ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.”

Key Elements

In order to take a risk-based approach to food safety, FSMA places more rigorous requirements on food manufacturers, processors, growers, and importers. The key elements of FSMA can be divided into five major categories

  • Preventive Controls Mandate
  • Inspection & Compliance to hold Industries accountable
  • Imported Food Safety Tools
  • Response & Mandatory Recall Authority
  • Enhanced Partnership between Food Safety Agencies

How to Prepare

How can you prepare for FSMA? While preparation will vary, the publication, Food Quality & Safety, recommends 7 basic steps to get started:

  1. Develop your Food Safety Plan.
  2. Identify, train, and qualify the experienced individual who is responsible for developing the facility’s Food Safety Plan.
  3. Identify and evaluate the hazards that could affect food manufactured, processed, packed, or held by your facility.
  4. Identify and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent the occurrence of such hazards and provide assurances that the food you make is not adulterated.
  5. Monitor the performance of those established controls.
  6. Maintain records of monitoring as a matter of routine practice.
  7. If you are importing foods, you are responsible for compliance to FSMA by your foreign suppliers.

Want to Learn More?

The above steps are intended to be a basic outline. We encourage you to read more about FSMA to find out what applies specifically to you. For the most up-to-date and complete information about FSMA and its rules and regulations, contact the FDA or submit an inquiry