As another autumn season comes to a close, many of us continue to crave more comforting and cozy flavors. This can be seen best in the annual uptick in seasonal flavors, as companies large and small get to play around with fun and exciting flavors that appeal to a wide range of consumers. Maple chai is one of our favorites that we developed recently, and it fits perfectly in the colder months.
Working into many broader trends, such as globally inspired flavors, nostalgia, and botanicals, seasonal flavors offer opportunities to experiment with new ideas, create interest, and keep things exciting. Through our own work with customers, and by attending various shows and events, we’ve noticed a large increase across generations in demand for these trends. One that we feel works best this time of year is comfort food, which can mean so many different things. For some, comfort flavors may evoke specific childhood memories, while for others, comfort food is more about the warming, cozy feeling we get as soon as we taste it. No matter the reason, these flavors have endured for years, and are a likely trend going forward. In fact, many consumers reach for seasonal flavors all year round. Both at home and when dining at restaurants, seasonal offerings appeal to a broad range of customers.
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Through our developmental work for a recent show, we created a new maple chai flavor. It is a perfect blend of that characteristic maple sweetness, with a wide range of warming spices, such as ginger, clove, and nutmeg. It’s a great flavor for autumn, but also transitions nicely into the winter months. It’s available as both a liquid (5-MAP-5644) and a powder (9-MAP-5656), both natural and water-soluble.
Some of our other popular fall flavors include pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and cinnamon toast. Reach out today to request a sample!