Comax Flavors’ “Flavor of the Month” for September 2019 is Chocolate Hazelnut Banana, which channels rich cocoa notes with buttery, roasted hazelnut accords together with sweet, custardy ripe bananas all blended to perfection.
This decadent and versatile flavor can be used in a variety of applications including baked goods, chocolate, syrups, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, dairy and non-dairy applications, and nutrition and performance products.
According to the National Confectioners Association (NCA), Chocolate represents 60% of the $35 billion US confectionery industry and US chocolate sales total more than $21 billion annually. It is reported that on average people consume 12.57 pounds of chocolate per year. NCA also finds that consumers enjoy chocolate as a treat, averaging two to three times per week.
Chocolate is known for its health properties and the higher the cocoa content such as dark chocolate, the more benefits. It is said that chocolate can help lower cholesterol levels, prevent cognitive decline, reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues and reduce stress. National Chocolate Day is observed annually on October 28, so mark your calendars and satisfy your chocolate cravings
Bonkers For Bananas
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), of the 1,000+ banana varieties in the world, the Cavendish banana is the most commercialized banana, which accounts for about 47% of global production. Bananas are predominantly produced in Asia, Latin America and Africa with India being the largest producer followed by China.
According to the International Trade Centre, the banana is the world’s favorite fruit and according to the Bananapolice.com, Americans eat an average of 27 pounds of bananas per person every year. Bananas are a healthful, versatile fruit that are quick and easy to eat. They are rich in vitamins B6 and C, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese.
In addition, bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose and are a good source of energy. Research suggests that bananas are good for heart health, lowering blood pressure, improving the immune system and aiding in digestion. National Banana Day is celebrated annually on the third Wednesday of April. For 2020, National Banana Day is April 15, so mark your calendars and go bananas.
To learn more about Comax Flavors’ Chocolate Hazelnut Banana flavor offerings, visit www.ComaxFlavors.com.