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October 10, 2006
Revised November 2008

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Trio Of Desserts
A jar of Palette dessert sauce does so many things—like make “instant tarts.” Shown: Apple Pie & Ice Cream sauce topped with candied ginger, Chocolate Orange Spice sauce topped with dried cranberries and Gingerbread Cream sauce with a dab of whipped cream. Photo by Melody Lan | THE NIBBLE.
WHAT IT IS: Multi-tasking dessert sauces.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Complex dessert sauces that can be heated to create liquid toppings, used in their natural, solid form to fill tart shells, or incorporated as an ingredient in more elaborate preparations.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Delicious as “spoon candy” from the jar, they turn simple foods—ice cream, fruit, cookies, pound cakes—into deluxe desserts.

Palette Fine Foods:
Saucy Solutions

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Dessert Recipes

At room temperature the sauces are spreadable like peanut butter. Microwaved, they become instant fondue to dip fruit, marshmallows, cake chunks, pretzels and cookies—an easy dessert recipe. Each jar comes with a selection of recipes. Here are some of the [mostly] no-cook, no-bake ones:

Apple Dipping Platter


  • 1 jar Palette Apple Pie & Ice Cream Dessert Sauce
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 3 Fuji or Gala apples (or other red-skinned apples)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice


  1. Wash apples and slice into wedges. Toss with pineapple juice to prevent discoloration, and drain. Place around the outside of a serving platter or dish.
  2. Remove the lid of the sauce jar and heat in the microwave on medium-low heat, stirring twice, until warmed throughout. Be sure not to overheat. Place the jar in the middle of the platter and serve.

The same approach turns the Chocolate Orange Spice sauce into chocolate fondue:

Instant Chocolate Fondue



  • 1 jar Palette Chocolate Orange Spice Dessert Sauce
  • 3 cups sliced fruit (apples, oranges, strawberries,
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice


  1. Wash and toss fruit with pineapple juice and drain. Place around the outside of a serving platter or dish.
  2. Remove the lid of the sauce jar and heat in the microwave on medium-low heat, stirring twice, until warmed throughout. Be sure not to overheat. Place the jar in the middle of the platter and serve.

Gingerbread Brandy Glaze


  • 1 jar Palette Gingerbread Cream Dessert Sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons brandy


  1. Place the Gingerbread Cream and the heavy cream into a saucepan on medium heat, stirring until warm. Add brandy and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to boil.
  2. Remove from heat and pour over fresh or poached pears and apples, cake or ice cream.

“Business Attire” Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Dress up a store-bought pie so that it “means business.”


  • 1 jar Palette Gingerbread Cream Dessert Sauce
  • 1 store-bought pumpkin pie
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped


  1. Fold the Gingerbread Cream into the whipped cream and spread over the top of the pumpkin pie.
  2. Chill for 1 hour before serving.

Tart Art

Here are just a few ways we filled and garnished miniature tarts:

  • Candied orange peel
  • Candied, roasted, and/or chopped nuts
  • Chocolate or butterscotch morsels (use a top
    brand, like Guittard)
  • Crystallized ginger†
  • Decorative miniature candies (tiny nonpareils,
  • Dried cherries or cranberries, or complementary
    chopped dried fruits like apricot and mango
  • Shaved chocolate or chocolate curls
  • Sliced star fruit or other interesting fresh fruit
    garnish, like champagne grapes
  • Toffee bits
  • Whipped cream—plain or lightly flavored
    (almond, cardamom, ginger et al)
Trio of Tarts

†The crystallized ginger heart is from The Ginger People,

No matter how you use the dessert sauces—as a host/hostess gift, stocking stuffer, gift basket goodie or personal pantry supply—these little jars are certain to make everyone happy. As a test, put all three flavors on the table with cookies, cake, fruit or ice cream (or just spoons), and gauge the happiness level of your family or guests.

—Karen Hochman

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Apple Pie & Ice Cream, Chocolate Orange Spice and Gingerbread Cream

  • 9-Ounce Jar

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Palette Dessert Sauces

Tasty trio. Photo by Melody Lan.

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