Caramel – A Beloved Consumer Favourite

A well-known ingredient, and an everlasting favourite of consumers, caramel has found its forever home in products across the categories. While some products are considered beloved classics like cakes, confectionery and ice cream, some others are turning into exciting innovations. Consumers just keep coming back for more.

Caramel is the third most desired flavour in chocolate confectionery, third only to hazelnut and almond. In the last five years, in Western Europe alone, over 4,900 caramel products have been launched. Popular website Food.com has over 5,000 caramel recipes, and social media is filled with pictures of food featuring caramel - you could say that the internet is drowning in caramel!

The complex ingredient is able to develop a great variety of flavours and textures during its production. These different characteristics mean that it is suitable for an incredibly diverse range of applications.

The ingredient has been gaining global acceptance, in particular in the bakery and confectionery categories. There is also a notable increase of caramel in the beverage category, including in various beers.

Below are caramel flavoured highlights.

Cookie dough, thick caramel, chunks of white chocolate AND dark chocolate. Does it get any better than this?

Cookie Caramel is a firm favourite for Original Foods Baking Co’s customers, and once you have tried it, you’ll understand why it wins all the popularity contests.

As one of New Zealand’s favourite wholesale bakery’s, Original Foods Baking Co. have been perfecting the art of good baking for almost 30 years, and their products are dangerously good, particularly their Cookie Caramel slice.

Cookie Caramel is available in Bite Me and Bar Slice formats and is found in the bakery department of your local supermarket.

Get stuck into these magic morsels of cookie dough layered with white chocolate chunks, thick caramel, and dark chocolate chunks. You may need a little lie down after this flavour hit.

For more information, contact yummy@originalfoods.co.nz, 0508 DONUTS or visit www.originalfoods.co.nz.

The Remarkable Chocolate Co's Salted Caramel and Ginger Organic Dark Chocolate Bark is one of this award-winning local chocolate company’s stand out best-sellers, and it's not hard to see why.

The combination of dark chocolate with a salty caramel crunch and spicy warm ginger end notes is truly an outstanding taste sensation. The bark comes in shards, hand picked and packed in a handy resealable pouch for snacking, gifting or serving on dessert or cheese platters or even on special occasion baking.

This Sustainable, Beautiful and Delicious treat is what makes this chocolate company Remarkable. So, treat your customers to an indulgent packet of chocolatey-goodness with this award winning flavour that’s made by hand here in New Zealand.

The Remarkable Chocolate Co. is proud to use certified organic and fair-trade chocolate from Peru in its range of Barks, Almonds and seasonal goodies. Naturally Gluten and Preservative Free.

For orders and more information contact hello@remarkablechocolate.com, or visit www.remarkablechocolate.com.

With Christmas just around the corner, consumers are looking for delicious, sweet treats to share with friends and family. Always popular and great for last minute guests or grab a pack to take along to your next BBQ or dinner party.

These Puffs are generously dipped in a smooth caramel coating with real sea salt tang. The choux pastry case is filled with real cream with a heart of salted caramel sauce.

  • High quality premium dessert to share.
  • Simply thaw & serve.
  • Total of 5 SKS’s in range, also available in Gluten Free!

Van Diermen Salted Caramel Puffs are available in 240g retail packs.

For more information, ranging or pricing, contact info@ice-land.co.nz or 06 355 5057.

Loaf’s new brownie balls are delectable balls of Loaf’s best-selling brownie, stuffed with salted caramel, raspberry compote or hazelnut ganache. Perfect for a sneaky afternoon snack, after-dinner treat or the crowning glory of any grazing platter.

For more information, visit www.loaf.co.nz.

Spoons at the ready, Killinchy Gold has crafted something exceptional to share just in time for summer. Discover Killinchy Gold’s new Dairy Free range, proudly made right here in New Zealand with Harraway’s Oats.

Killinchy Gold has worked closely with Harraway’s Oats to craft a delicious, oat based, vegan certified ice cream. Made using pure, natural ingredients the four flavours, Mint Chocolate, Chocolate Hokey Pokey, Salted Caramel & Cashew and Strawberry and Boysenberry are sure to be freezer favourites.

The move to expand into dairy free ice cream follows the rise in non-dairy, vegan and free-from alternatives. A recent survey commissioned by Killinchy Gold found that two out of three consumers look for dairy free alternatives while shopping and 30 percent of Kiwis want to reduce their dairy intake.

“People are looking for dairy free alternatives and we’ve worked closely with Harraway’s Oats to create the perfect oat based, vegan certified ice cream, while maintaining our high quality Killinchy Gold standard. We use local ingredients and pride ourselves in being the Masters of Premium New Zealand ice cream and this new range really lives up to that," said Emerald Foods, CEO Trevor Pickard.