American Harvest Baking enters frozen desserts market

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MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — American Harvest Baking, a national distributor of artisan bread and dessert specialties, has launched Bellissimo, the company’s new line of customized, made-to-order gelato, ice cream and sorbet delicacies for the commercial marketplace.

Developed by American Harvest’s executive chef, Robert Bennett, the Bellissimo family of frozen desserts is made with fruit, vanilla beans, nuts and other natural ingredients. The gelato, ice cream and sorbet products are customized both in terms of the flavors and packaging. The production process ensures there is no extended shelf life as Bellissimo is made-to-order for its clients.

The gelato is cooked, cooled and aged in the company’s new Italian pasteurizer, blended in a churner imported from Italy, then packaged in 5-quart buckets or 5-liter trays ideal for retailers’ European dipping cabinets. The Bellissimo ice cream also is cooked, cooled and aged; yet it is mixed in American Harvest’s ice cream machine using a large sweeping blade to create its lighter creamy texture. The natural sorbet is made using a recipe of fruit and concentrated sugar.

The Bellissimo family of frozen desserts launches into the market with a variety of flavors. Gelato will be available in French vanilla, pistachio, hazelnut and chocolate. The 12 initial ice cream flavors will include coconut, caramel, apple crisp and white chocolate macadamia. The sorbets will include cassis, lemon, mango and raspberry. For spring, Bellissimo will introduce a pear jasmine sorbet, strawberry shortcake ice cream and lavender vanilla gelato. Custom flavors will be created with a minimum order of four 5-quart buckets.

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