Musselman's Apple Butter Reformulated to Eliminate High-Fructose Corn Syrup

As a part of its commitment to offering better-for-you options for foodservice professionals’ menus, Knouse Foods reformulated its Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter recipe to remove high-fructose corn syrup. Now sweetened with real sugar, Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter is available in two convenient sizes: 2.25 oz. single-serve cups and three packs of 120-oz. cans.

More and more consumers are adopting wholesome, natural and additive-free food choices—72 percent are more concerned about additives in their food than they were two years ago.[1] As a result, chefs and operators are rethinking their offerings to include cleaner labels, with “additive-free” and “preservative-free” callouts becoming two of the fastest-growing descriptors on restaurant menus. With a new formulation that includes no high-fructose corn syrup, Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter is ideal to highlight on the menu.

Apple butter is made by slow-cooking apples in big copper kettles. As the natural sugars caramelize, the mixture develops a velvety consistency, deep brown color and sweet, cinnamon-spiced apple flavor. Free of dairy, fat, gluten and cholesterol, Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter provides a healthier alternative to other condiments and spreads. It is a versatile ingredient that can be used in sweet and savory dishes all year long, and across all dayparts:

  • Appetizer: Spiced Apple Butter Meatballs—Meatballs are blended with Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter, onion and bread crumbs and baked in a rich, creamy, allspice-and-honey flavored sauce; it’s a true patron pleaser.
  • Entrée: Grilled Apple Horseradish-Crusted Salmon—Apple and horseradish pair perfectly on top of oven-roasted salmon brushed with Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter and topped with pumpernickel breadcrumbs mixed with horseradish and lemon.
  • Dessert: Apple Butter & Pudding Parfaits—This easy-to-make parfait is layered with Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter, butterscotch or vanilla pudding and streusel for texture and crunch.

Bob Fisher, Vice President of Marketing at Knouse, says, “Reformulating Musselman’s Premium Apple Butter is just one of the many ways we are enhancing our products to meet customer demands. From premium apple sauce with no high-fructose corn syrup to sugar-free puddings, foodservice professionals can count on Knouse to provide on-trend products as patrons’ food interests continue to evolve.”

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