Synergy Flavours has taken inspiration from the 2022 Michelin Great Britain and Ireland guide to create a number of new flavors and flavor concepts.
New additions to the company’s Inspiring Fruits collection of fruit essences, natural named flavors and depictable flavors include rhubarb and apple. These British, seasonal fruits have had a renaissance recently in the culinary world as chefs make local produce the star of many high-end restaurant dishes. Synergy has also developed new Belgian chocolate and blonde chocolate flavors to tap into the latest premium indulgence trends and enable manufacturers to add a different twist on classic chocolate flavors.
Synergy analyzed the dessert menus of 49 Michelin Star restaurants in the UK as a source of insight for manufacturers across the food and beverage industry and to provide culinary inspiration for future flavor developments. Synergy’s research highlights key trending profiles and explores new ingredients and flavors.
Rhubarb came out top as the most used flavor on the dessert menus, likely due to its seasonality and versatility in a number of pairings, such as ginger or pistachio. It was closely followed by the classic flavors of chocolate, vanilla and apple (Figure 1). Chefs have also been championing pear, as the sweet and less acidic notes of pear compared to apple make it a great ingredient when combined with a range of fruits, spices, nuts, and indulgent profiles like chocolate.
Synergy has also developed a range of concept ideas using the newly introduced flavors to inspire its customers on optimal flavor pairings for their products. These flavor concepts include rhubarb and basil, pear and verbena, blood orange and yogurt, white chocolate, and bergamot, rose and lychee, and grapefruit and honey.