Hark the Herald, angels sing.........
I gotta tell ya, running a bread empire has gotten easier since social media has evolved.
During the first 20 years of my career, when a baker had 4-6 minutes down time, they'd all run outside to pound down a heater.
Now that nobody smokes anymore, or at least none of our 16 bakers, that brief stretch is spent with my boys checking their I-Phones and Droids.
Earliar today I had to cross town on a sales call. I had to leave during rush hour, and remembering how Batman use to exclaim.....
"Its better to be 10 minutes early instead of 1 second late."
I planned ahead, and arrived at my destination ahead of schedule.
For 15 minutes I read texts, e-mails and Facebook messages.
Todays "Gold Star" of entertainment goes out to Kim Ode. Give me a second here, and I will repost her question.........
"Hey K, you can't believe how many baking concepts I've gotten pitched this week as being the Next Big Thing. So many sweets! I'm still thinking there's a lot of mileage to be drawn from savory, though. So let me toss this out to you: Could a savory cookie be next year's cupcake?"
First off Kim......great-great question. I will be curious to know if you just supposed this or drew it from a covert source.
But before I address that, I'll start off by saying that "Bacon" is not going to be an Ingredient Messiah again this year.
No ingredient can blaze that bright for a 3rd (or 4th? year in a row.
Savory Cookies huh?
In the world of baking, very seldom does any baker create all their own recipes. More often than not, they "Quote Product".
That means that the bakers and R&D departments travel the globe, go to conventions and surf the web to find new ideas........
H-E-N-N-E-S-S-Y and I already have a file tucked away with some flavor combo's for savory cookies, but we can't launch them until after the holidays.
Savory won't comepete with classics during Christmas. This is the one and only time of the year that the masses don't like to experiment.
So I think you'll see your prediction surface just after New Years 2012, but remember........
Savory cookies won't be a morning cookie, or a dessert cookie.
I see them being consumed in office cubicles at 2 or 3 p.m.
H-E-N-N-E-S-S-Y says that people will pair these creations with wine, lot's and lot's of wine!
So, listed below are just a few of the savory themes that will be represented independantly, or sold in mixed tins.
I know you're and award winning "Snoop", but none the less......
I am seriously impressed.
P.S. When I say Savory Cookies....I mean cookies. Crackers and biscotties...all that stuff won't count, all these concepts will/should be delivered in their traditional shapes.
Savory Cookie Concepts of 2012
Red Onion / Parmesan
Pink Grapefruit / Poppy
Molasses / Brie
Molasses Cayenne (Zombie Cookies)
Seaweed / Molasses / Miso Paste
Ginger / Black Sesame
Bacon / Kraut / Rye
Bacon / Blue Cheese
Blue Cheese / Pecan
Pine Nut / Rosemary / Shortbread
Chocolate / Caramel / Coarse Salt
Caramelized Pear and Ginger
Ham & Gryyere Thumbprints
And even Ice Box cookies will go savory. You'll see everything from Rosemary & Cheese to Lemon Grass / Kalamatta
So Kimmy......if you have any additions, shout at me.
L.A.B. Rats....same goes for you...Holla.