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Burgers with…dried fruit? YES!

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Burgers with…dried fruit? YES!

Summer time means grilling; grilling with your co-workers, grilling with your family, or even going to your favorite local restaurant for a good burger! However, sometimes the everyday burger recipe can grow dull over time…So why not try to revamp the normal burger recipe and include an ingredient a bit out of the ordinary…like DRIED FRUIT! Here are a few ideas that can be a great jumping off point to start experimenting:

  1. Dried Cherry Turkey Burgers: http://www.perchancetocook.com/2014/03/19/dried-cherry-turkey-burgers-paleo/
  2. Turkey Burgers with Brie, Cranberries, and Fresh Rosemary: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/turkey-burgers-with-brie-cranberries-and-fresh-rosemary/
  3. Blueberry-Beef Burgers (Note the recipe says to use frozen blueberries, but using blueberries you get an added texture and burst of blueberry flavor when you grill the burgers): http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/blueberry_beef_burgers.html
  4. Apricot Turkey Burgers: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/apricot-turkey-burgers
  5. Coconut and Lime Beef Burgers: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/crunchy-coconut-and-lime-burgers/
  6. Quinoa & Goji Berry Beef Burgers: http://littleandloved.blogspot.gr/2014/01/quinoa-goji-beef-burgers-recipe.html

Experiment this summer with traditional burgers, dried fruit incorporated in burgers, topping them in a salsa or chutney or even a side dish to compliment the burger …. however they are mixed in get all dried fruits needed from Tropical Foods & have fun grilling this summer!

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Going on Vacation? Don’t forget the snacks!

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Summer is the time for family vacations, beach getaways, and traveling to see new and interesting places. Tropical Foods has many different snacking choices that you can offer your customers to keep them full during their upcoming travels!

Whether your customers are taking a plane or a car to their vacation destination, nuts are a perfect snack. Nuts are not only extremely portable, but also are a healthy snack opposed to unhealthier options like potato chips or candy. Some of the crunchiest nuts to munch on are almonds, macadamia nuts, and cashews. At Tropical Foods, we offer cashews and almonds in many different varieties from honey roasted cashews and almonds to smoked almonds. Another great nut to have as a snack are peanuts and pecans. Pecans and peanuts can be eaten raw or with various flavors and coatings like cinnamon pecans or bourbon praline pecans; peanuts also come in a variety of flavors and styles like butter toffee peanuts and Buffalo Nuts. Nuts are a great snack because they are portable, versatile, and also nutritious!

Another good snack for your customer to take on their summer travels is dried fruit. Dried fruits not only range in flavor profiles and textures, but a half a cup of dried fruit is equivalent to one cup of fresh fruit! Tropical dried fruits, such as mango slices, banana chips or diced pineapple pack a punch of sweet tropical influences with a slight hint of sour/tang as well. Other delicious dried fruits are dried apples, raisins, and cherries!

A few helpful tips to remind your customers while they are embarking on their travels (especially if they are traveling by airplane) are that food IS allowed through airport security as long as:

1. They are in a wrapped container or sealed package.

2. They must go through the X-Ray machine.

3. Foods like fruits or veggies that come in a “natural” package do NOT need to be wrapped or in a seal container UNLESS it is partially eaten.

If your customers are going to be adventuring out into nature (such as camping, hiking, etc), make sure that you have a container that seals COMPLETELY to ensure that your snacks do not attract animals or bugs. Lastly, encourage your customers to experiment with flavors and textures by combining different nuts, seeds, and dried fruit! Whatever their snacking desires are, Tropical Foods has options for all of your customers to stock up for their upcoming summer adventures!

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National Lollipop Day!

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Today IS…National Lollipop Day

July 20th is National Lollipop Day. In honor of this treat, which historians believes have been consumed by humans all the way back to prehistoric times, here are some interesting and fun facts about this sweet treat!

  • The first lollipops were massed produced by George Smith, which he named after his favorite race horse, named Lollipop
  • The world’s largest lollipop was made in June 25, 2002. It was as tall as a Giraffe(15 feet tall) and about the weight of 23 full grown tigers
  • Dum Dum’s mystery flavor is a pretty simple recipe. They’re created as one flavor batch is running out and the next one is beginning, whichever those two may be
  • Lollipops can be used to carry medicines. Flavored lollipops containing medicine are marketed for children, and are also used in the military due to the fast-acting ingredients
  • Lollipops are also featured in songs like “The Lollipop Guild” from The Wizard of Oz, and “The Good Ship Lollipop” from the 1934 Shirley Temple movie Bright Eyes
  • Chupa Chups are the most popular lollipops in the world
  • The Chupa Chups logo was designed by famous artist Salvadore Dali
  • The original lollipop machine would produce 40 Lollipops per minute but the modern ones make 5,900 a minute
  • In the Midwest Lollipops are known as Suckers
  • The most popular flavor of lollipop is bubble gum.

Whatever your favorite flavor of lollipop is, enjoy one today!

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Cranberry Peanut Butter Ball Recipe

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RECIPE NAME
Cranberry Peanut Butter Ball

TROPICAL INGREDIENTS
Dip & Devour Peanut Butter Melts and ReCharge® Super Charged Cranberry Blend

CHEF
The Art Institute of Charlotte Junior Nivit Tipvaree

PREPARATION TIME
5 minutes

COOKING TIME
10-15 minutes

INGREDIENTS
6 oz. Dip & Devour Peanut Butter Melts
1 cup ReCharge® Super Charged Cranberry Blend
4 oz. milk chocolate
1 oz. white chocolate
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Firecracker Mahi Tacos

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RECIPE NAME
Firecracker Mahi Tacos (Winning recipe of the 2015 Tropical Foods Recipe Challenge)

TROPICAL INGREDIENT
Firecracker Hot & Spicy®

CHEF
The Art Institute of Charlotte Freshman Aaron Ailes

PREPARATION TIME
45 minutes

COOKING TIME
10 Minutes

INGREDIENTS
Pineapple Mango Salsa
1/2 cup pineapple, diced
1/2 cup mango, diced
1/2 cup cucumbers, diced
1/2 cup red onions, diced
1 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
2 tsp. pineapple juice

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