To offer operators more types of fruit fusions, which grew on menus by 9.5 percent in one year, Knouse Foods has introduced a line of Musselman’s Apple Butter Fusions to join its original flavor, the top-selling apple butter in the United States. The six products—Salted Caramel, Sriracha, Creamy Horseradish, Mango Habanero, Dijon Mustard and Asian—cover a broad range of flavors, which have been increasingly used and ordered in foodservice.

All of them are trans fat free and contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and almost all are also clean label, gluten free and vegan. For cooking, spreading and baking, apple butter is a healthier alternative to condiments, oils, butters and sugars. Whether on their own or with other ingredients, Apple Butter Fusions can become dips, dressings, spreads, marinades and more in unique menu items for all dayparts. There’s no prep work needed, and the convenient, squeezable plastic bottles are shelf stable.

“Musselman’s Apple Butter Fusions make it easy to turn any dish from simple to signature,” Knouse Vice President of Marketing Bob Fisher says. “These high-quality ingredients combine the versatility of apple butter with delicious trending flavors diners crave, while still meeting the nutritional claims that are important to today’s consumers. There’s nothing else like them in the market, and we look forward to seeing what our customers will create with them.”

To inspire chefs with ways that Apple Butter Fusions can enhance appetizers, entrées and sides for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Knouse developed recipes for each product, including:

  • Banana Pancakes with Salted Caramel Apple Butter Drizzle: A sweet selection for breakfast or brunch, these golden-brown banana pancakes have Musselman’s® Apple Butter Fusions Salted Caramel blended in the batter and drizzled over each stack
  • Sesame Sriracha Chicken Wings: These wings are tossed with Musselman’s® Apple Butter Fusions Sriracha and sesame oil, giving a spicy kick to this shareable appetizer, snack or side dish
  • Mango Habanero Apple Butter Glazed Salmon Power Bowl: For patrons seeking a lighter main course for lunch or dinner, Musselman’s Apple Butter Fusions Mango Habanero adds a sweet-and-spicy taste to salmon, surrounded by an array of vegetables on a bed of brown rice
  • Horseradish Apple Butter Marinated Steak Lettuce Wraps: With Musselman’s Apple Butter Fusions Creamy Horseradish mixed into a marinade and used as a topping, these versatile steak lettuce wraps can be a full meal for one or a snack for a group
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