Frozen food distributor Central Foods has launched a delicious new vegetarian and gluten-free Ruby Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake for the foodservice sector.

The Menuserve cheesecake has a gluten-free dark cocoa biscuit base, topped with a light and creamy, fruity ruby chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, finished with a layer of dark chocolate ganache swirled with ruby chocolate.

Part of the growing free-from range offered by Central Foods, the mouth-watering dessert will appeal to all diners – not just those looking for a gluten-free or vegetarian option.

“The fruity flavours from the raspberry and the ruby chocolate combine with the dark cocoa biscuit base to create a match made in heaven,” said Gordon Lauder, MD of Central Foods, one of the leading frozen food distributors in the UK.

“We have been committed to extending our free-from range for the foodservice sector by continually adding new gluten-free options and we are very pleased to be unveiling this new dessert. The Menuserve Ruby Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake is very creamy, but not too sweet, and showcases one of the most stylish ingredients for 2019 – ruby chocolate. It’s a lovely treat to serve in any foodservice outlet.”

Dubbed ‘the fourth type of chocolate’, ruby chocolate is the on-trend dessert ingredient for 2019.  Made from unfermented cocoa beans, with their natural red-pink colour, ruby chocolate has a creamy, light, fruity/berry flavour that works perfectly with cheesecake. Its unusual pink colour offers instant visual appeal and ensures your menu stands out from the competition, as well as guaranteed ‘likes’ on Instagram! Raspberry is the perfect partner for this popular ingredient.

Pre-portioned into 14 and already meeting Public Health England’s 2020 Sugar Guidelines, the new cheesecake is ideal for hotels, cafés, garden centres, business and industry caterers, care homes, universities and other foodservice outlets.

“Frozen desserts play a key role in the vast majority of kitchens now, helping to reduce waste and save money,” added Gordon. “The Menuserve vegetarian and gluten-free Ruby Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake would be perfect in any catering outlet.”

Central Foods, based at Collingtree, near Northampton, is a leading foodservice supplier, supplying more than 400 different lines into foodservice, ranging from vegetarian and free-from items, meat products, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings. It currently sells to more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers, and foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry including schools, universities, pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, leisure centres, garden centres, cafés, care homes and many other outlets.

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