Satisfy Adventurous Palates with the On-Trend Flavor of Great Midwest® Ghost Pepper Cheddar Cheese
Saputo Cheese USA Inc. (“Saputo”) is pleased to introduce Great Midwest® Ghost Pepper Cheddar Cheese. Today’s consumers are more adventurous and constantly seeking out the next big, bold flavor. Skilled Master Cheesemakers went to work to craft a cheese to satisfy that demand—a creamy Cheddar Cheese punctuated with fiery morsels of ghost pepper.
From house-made condiments to ethnic spices and global foods like African cuisine, flavor and spice are recurring themes in this year’s top-20 food trends. Artisan cheeses are also predicted to be one of the top food trends this year.1 The younger crowd appears to be driving these trends, with 52% of millennials saying they’re more likely to visit restaurants featuring new and innovative flavors, compared with just 35% of older consumers. Some 46% of those millennials say they’re willing to spend more on dishes that have inventive flavors, according to Technomic.2
While flavor is influencing some of today’s top food trends, heat is also playing a role. More than half of consumers crave spicy foods. However, as Americans increasingly enjoy spicy foods, their ideas of what qualifies as hot are expanding. No longer satisfied with mainstream chili peppers to satiate their heat cravings, consumers are seeking more pungent flavors. Ghost peppers, also called “bhut jolokia,” are rated as one the hottest peppers in the world, racking up over one million Scoville units, the scale used to measure the heat of peppers.
The ghost pepper has already started appearing on menus—adding a spicy kick to burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and pizza. In fact, ghost peppers have seen more than 200% menu growth in the past year.3 Want to add the on-trend flavor of ghost peppers without dealing with safety issues that sometimes accompany handling such hot peppers? Great Midwest® Ghost Pepper Cheddar Cheese is the perfect solution. Tiny pieces of ghost pepper are blended with the hard, dairy-rich Cheddar Cheese for a spicy cheese that’s sure to delight heat-seeking patrons.
Adaptable for every daypart, Great Midwest® Ghost Pepper Cheddar Cheese can liven up omelets and hash browns for breakfast while adding a pop of piquant flavor to lunch and dinner items. From bold bar bites to spicy signature grilled items, this peppery cheese attracts diners looking for big flavor. Application options are endless—the cheese can be cubed for cheese plates, shredded onto potato dishes, soups and salads, sliced to top burgers, panini and wraps or melted onto fries for a modern spin on poutine. With savory desserts projected to appear on more menus this year,1 Great Midwest® Ghost Pepper Cheddar Cheese can also be used to add an unexpected savory flavor to traditionally sweet applications like waffles, biscuits, scones and even pie crusts.
Heat up your menu with the mouth-tingling flavor of Great Midwest® Ghost Pepper Cheddar Cheese. This deliciously composed cheese comes in five-pound loaves to meet your back-of-house needs—perfect for slicing, shredding and storage. For more information, visit saputousafoodservice.com. For nationwide service, call your Saputo representative at 1.800.824.3373.
1 National Restaurant Association, What’s Hot: 2017 Culinary Forecast, 2016
2 Technomic, The Flavor Consumer Trend Report, 2015
3 Datassential, MenuTrends snapshot, 2017