You have your spinny fan hat on high blast, your feet dunked into your neighbour’s pool (God bless the Smiths), and your kids squirting their water guns at you on cue. Sometimes it can be a challenge to stay cool during the sizzling hours of the summer day. With that being said, along with the amazing spinny fan hat invention (genius!), there are many delicious ways to stay cool with our list of Summer Chocolate Trends for 2013.
According to a recent survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, companies reported that along with Vanilla, Chocolate Chip Mint and Cookies and Cream are most popular flavors for 2013. Other chocolaty trends for ice-cream include the addition of truffles, dark chocolate, sweet and salty combos, chocolate desserts within ice cream, and flavored enhanced chocolate additions! Ice-cream companies are also adding alcohol (or alcohol “flavored” ingredients) to their ice-cream making for some tempting options such as Cabernet-swirled dark chocolate gelato.
The popsicles trending this summer are a far cry from the fluorescent, mass-produced sugary treats of our past. Instead, they are a gourmet treat crafted by chefs at restaurants with fresh, seasonal ingredients and dynamic combinations all the while serving up a little nostalgia. Fruits such as watermelon, peach, berries, kiwi and even vegetables such as herbs and spinach are being added to the mix. As you might have guessed the combinations continue to include tons of chocolate – chocolate and berries, chocolate and chili pepper, or how about a salted caramel brownie popsicle anyone? Some restaurants have also decided to serve popsicles face down in a glass with some alcohol, for example a glass of champagne.
Cocktails (or Mocktails)
It seems to be that people keep adding booze into chocolate and chocolaty things, why not add some chocolate into your booze? Not only can you add actual chocolate into your drinks in the form of cocoa powders or melted chocolate, liqueur companies have saved you a step and created chocolate liqueur options for you (such as Godiva Chocolate Liqueur or Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur). If you are serving drinks for kids or those not drinking alcohol, you can serve cocoa powder, sugar, ground cinnamon, water, almond milk over ice… if they’ve been naughty, maybe a little chili pepper.
And I’m not talking about the majestic Canadian large deer, huge antler species that enjoys frolicking in the woods. I’m talking about the French dessert that is prepared by incorporating air bubbles to make a sweet light and airy dish. Mousse is typically made from egg and cream, usually in combination with other flavors, but most commonly chocolate. Chocolate mousse is really quick to make and doesn’t require many ingredients either so it can be made as a quick fix. Most importantly, mousse is traditionally served cold, or even frozen so it is a great treat to make in the summer time. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve shared one of our favorite chocolate mousse dishes with you in our newsletter from top chef Jamie Oliver!
If you have any chocolaty ideas or know of any other Summer Chocolate Trends to help us stay cool in the summer time, let us know and post a comment below!