The Gander Hot German dessert

The Gander riffs on German chocolate cake with its Hot German dessert.

Consumers sweet on classic desserts with a twist

Modern takes on traditional cakes, ice creams, pastries and more resonate with customers

Dessert can be a hard sell. 

Sure, it’s fun to eat, but it’s an additional expense and is perceived as unhealthful. And while some former nutritional bogeymen, such as butter and eggs, are rehabilitated in the eyes of consumers, sugar remains dieting enemy No. 1.

Nonetheless, dessert consumption has risen slightly over the past five years, and restaurant operators are finding that traditional sweets that surprise customers — but not too much &mda

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