The lack of a pastry chef in many kitchens means operators are turning to purchased desserts more frequently. Sweet sauces and toppings are a low-labor way to add a signature touch to cakes, pies and puddings, but these ingredients are also showing up in more savory applications.

34. Mascarpone cream


Carrot Cake Pancakes with mascarpone cream at

Maggiano’s Little Italy

35. Cinnamon sauce


Sweet potato fries with cinnamon sauce at

Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar

36. Rum sauce


Bread pudding with white chocolate rum sauce at

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Source: Technomic Ignite menu data