As the weather gets even colder and evenings draw in it is the perfect time offer customers somewhere warm and cosy inside with a warm jumper and a comforting cup of hot chocolate.
With consumers continuing to play it safe financially and opt for less costly luxury goods we’re seeing an increased demand of little add-ons like extra toppings on their hot chocolates. These luxuries may be small but they’re still a treat all the same.
Our range of hot chocolates allow you to create a selection of cosy chocolate based drinks this season that will have customers coming back again and again. Whether it’s a delicious Thick hot chocolate perfect for dipping or a smooth, creamy Dark hot chocolate flavoured with Sweetbird syrup – the options are absolutely endless.
Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up our favourite ways to put a spin on your hot chocolate this winter.
This irresistible blend of toffee and nuts and silky chocolate makes for a decadent yet mellow taste experience. It’s perfect for warming up after a crisp walk or as an evening treat.
The bold, familiar flavour of toffee syrup combines with the natural caramel notes of toasted nuts to create a subtle sweetness that adds a perfect warmth to cooler days. Sweetbird Toffee Nut syrup pairs perfectly with Zuma Original or Fairtrade hot chocolates and, when topped with a swirl of whipped cream and a drizzle of Zuma Caramel sauce it’s sure to become a customer favourite.
An indulgent Black Forest Gateau, but drinkable! Make this hot chocolate with Zuma Dark hot chocolate for a deeper flavour to compliment the Sweetbird Cherry syrup then top with whipped cream, a drizzle of Zuma Dark Chocolate sauce and, of course, top with a cherry.
Add the finishing touch to your seasonal specials with irresistible toppings that evoke all the joy of winter and make the drink feel like a real indulgent treat.
Hot chocolate topped with whipped cream is one of the best things about winter, but there’s no reason not to make it even more special. Transform the classic whipped cream by adding flavoursome spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg or a sprinkle of Zuma Chai. Alternatively, you could add Sweetbird syrups or Zuma sauces to your whipped cream for an endless choice – we love Zuma Dark Chocolate Sauce or Sweetbird Creative Rose Syrup!
Sometimes keeping it simple has the biggest impact. Simply crumbling seasonal biscuits onto your hot chocolate of choice for a taste and texture sensation.
Using a Blendtec Cold Foam jar you can create a lighter whipped cream alternative using skimmed milk. It’s smooth, creamy and light and can be easily flavoured with a small amount of powder – we love adding Zuma Turmeric Chai for a stunning golden foam or a little Zuma Beetroot to top a red velvet hot chocolate.
There’s no doubt that winter is time for hot chocolate to shine, so make sure you tapping into the trends, offering customers little luxuries they can indulge in without feeling guilty.
Don’t forget to browse our full Chocolate, Chai and Plant Powder range for more information and inspiration.
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