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Holiday Sweets

Posted: 10/28/04

Monin SyrupsWhat would the holidays be without the delicious sweets that accompany them? To help you make your holidays even sweeter, we’re offering great deals on our O’Free and Organic Monin Syrups. Known for their quality and taste, these award-winning, flavored syrups have been the choice of professional chefs, bartenders and baristas for their creations since 1912. That’s because Monin uses only the finest ingredients to bring out the flavor in all their syrups - without any additives or preservatives. Just pure taste. So, not only do these syrups make a wonderful addition to coffee and cocoa drinks, but they’re also fantastic in desserts and cocktails. In fact, we’ve included some recipes for you to try that showcase the versatility of these syrups as well as make the most of their exceptional flavor. If these tempt you, you’ll find even more great ideas for the holiday on our exclusive Monin recipe generator that you can access from our Monin page.

No Guilt, Just Good

You can have your holiday sweets without adding extra calories by using Monin’s O’Free syrups. You’ll still get all the great taste without any of the sugar, calories or carbs of their regular syrups. In fact you’ll never feel like you’re sacrificing anything. We carry 8 delicious flavors in 750ml bottles: Almond, Amaretto, Caramel, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Irish Cream, Raspberry, Vanilla and White Chocolate. And to help you get through the holidays guilt free, we’re offering these syrups in 3 sampler packs:

Dessert Sampler: White Chocolate, Almond, Raspberry

These syrups are great when drizzled over ice cream or cheesecake, or in dessert toppings and sauces like the one used in this delicious Monin Raspberry Crème Brulée - a great ending to any meal. Make sure you tell your guests to save room.

Monin O'Free Vanilla Syrup Ingredients:
Raspberries: 2 pints fresh raspberries
1 cup Monin O’Free Raspberry syrup
1/2 cup raspberry coulis (puree without seeds)

Crème Brulée:
1 quart cream
16 each egg yolks
8 oz. sugar
1 vanilla bean

Bring syrup and coulis to a boil. Simmer 3-4 minutes. Toss with berries and remove from heat. Place in shallow glass bowls. Next, bring cream, sugar, and vanilla to a boil. Pour half over yolks, mixing rapidly. Then pour all back into saucepan and cook until it coats the back of a spoon. Do not boil.

Pour over berry mixture and bake for 45 minutes. Cool on wire rack, then, sprinkle granulated sugar over the top and glaze with propane torch.

Cocktail Sampler: Irish Cream, Chocolate, Amaretto

From flavored martinis to manhattans, cordials to coolers, these particular syrups are the perfect addition to your favorite alcoholic beverages. In fact, this Italian Manhattan is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next cocktail party.

2 oz. Bourbon
1/2 oz. Monin O’Free Amaretto Syrup
Garnish: Lemon twist Fill mixing glass with ice.

Add bourbon and syrup. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Hot Drinks Sampler: Vanilla, Hazelnut, Caramel

Whether you’re making a drink to snuggle up with by the fireplace on a cold winter’s night or something tasty to sip on while you sit around engaged in an after dinner conversation with your guests, these syrups fit the bill. Try an Autumn Harvest Coffee the next time you want something warm and tasty.

1/2 oz. Monin O’Free Caramel Syrup
1/2 oz. Monin O’Free Hazelnut Syrup
10 oz. Fresh Brewed Coffee
3 oz. Milk or Half & Half
Garnish: Whipped Cream & Caramel syrup

Add syrup and half and half to hot coffee and stir. Top with whipped cream. Drizzle caramel syrup to garnish.

Go Au Natural

Want a truly organic experience? Then sweeten up the natural way with Monin Organics. We carry 5 heavenly flavors in medium sized 330ml bottles: Caramel, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Raspberry and Vanilla. Normally these Organics are sold in single flavor 6-packs. But to add natural selection to your holidays, we’re offering the Naturally Sweet Variety Six Pack - a 6-pack sampler that features one of each flavor, and a sixth bottle that will be a surprise - an extra bottle of one of the five flavors. And these syrups taste outstanding in everything from drinks to desserts like this Hazelnut Frozen Parfait.

Monin Syrup SamplerIngredients:
4 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup Monin Organic Hazelnut syrup
1 1/3 cups heavy whipping cream, very cold
3 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts
Garnish: Cocoa

Line an 8" x 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" disposable foil or metal loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a 2" overhang all around. Place in freezer along with beaters from a hand-mixer.

Beat yolks with sugar until thick and pale. Stir in Monin Organic Hazelnut syrup.

In the chilled bowl, using the chilled beaters, whip the cream, gradually increasing the speed to high, just until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the cream, by thirds, into the egg mixture. Pour into the chilled mold and freeze for 4 hours.

Garnish the un-molded parfait with chopped hazelnuts and a dusting of cocoa, tapped through a tea strainer.

Did we tempt your tummy? Whet your appetite? Make your mouth water? If so, pick up some Monin syrups and get creative. They’re sure to make your holidays even sweeter.