Mini Desserts with Major Satisfaction
Diminutive treats are natural offshoots from the small-plates trend. Indeed, mini desserts, tapas, sliders, snack wraps and cupcakes dot today's culinary landscape, like bite-sized beacons of restrained indulgence.
Chains and independents alike have keyed into the trend. From Darden-owned Seasons 52 "Mini Indulgences" menu, offering eight classic desserts downsized and priced at $2.50 each, to Brinker-owned Chili's, with its "Sweet Shots" menu that features shot-glass sized treats from $1.99 for one or three for $5.49.
Wave at the W Lakeshore Hotel in Chicago features a mini-only dessert menu, offering a choice of three for $8; four for $10 or five for $12. What's the appeal? Lower price point may be one motivator for diners, but the attraction runs deeper than dollars. For those looking for a wee taste of something sweet to round off their meal, mini desserts offer just the smallest—almost guiltless—indulgence. And they bring novelty to the table—a true smorgasbord of delightful treats, ready for sampling and sharing—with little commitment. Trends we see point to minis starring classic, simple dessert profiles. We asked our chefs to develop recipes that capture the best of the trend: small presentations with familiar flavors that diners know and love.
Source: Kraft Foodservice
Mini Dessert Recipes
Pumpkin Mousse Tarts with Praline Crumble -- These tarts are great for a holiday menu, offering seasonal favorites
Mini Chocolate Éclair Tarts -- Simplicity meets decadence in this tart
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Recipe Source: Kraft Foodservice