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Introducing the MixStation™: The Evolution of Milkshake and Frozen Treat Blending

Making a great ice cream treat means making a mess.

When you’re adding delicious mix-ins and blending them thoroughly, splatters, fragments and crumbs end up everywhere. The time lost to cleaning can’t be helped. Or can it?

The new MixStation  from Hamilton Beach Commercial changes the game. Not only does it speedily deliver consistently mixed frozen desserts, but its smart design cuts your cleaning time. In short, we took everything our customers love about the Mix ‘n Chill and made it better.

Want to see the MixStation in action? Schedule a demo today! Or read on to learn more.

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Topics: Drink Mixers, frozen treats, MixStation, heavy duty drink mixer

Kefir: The Feel-Good Fermentation Trend

Biodiversity is something you expect to find in the rainforest — not so much in a smoothie. But the diversity of beneficial microbes is what attracts consumers to kefir: a tangy, fermented and sometimes fizzy milk drink. 

While yogurt may have just two beneficial cultures, kefir can contain more than 50 strains of bacteria and yeast. This, when consumed, can increase microbial diversity and reduce inflammation in the gut. It’s also a good source of calcium, protein and minerals. Add all these benefits together, and you see why kefir is rapidly becoming a top health food trend.  

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Topics: Smoothies, smoothie, Smoothie Program, smoothie ingredients, Generation Z food preferences, smoothie trends

The Playful Cocktail Trend: Drinking Gets Fun Again

Remember when molecular mixology was the hottest (and coldest) thing in cocktails? We’re talking clouds of smoke, color changes, and scientific wizardry designed to make guests ooh and aah.

The downside? These drinks, while impressive, took themselves a little too seriously.

“Drinks are supposed to be fun. We as bartenders should be dedicated to our craft and push our limits regularly, but should always remember that we provide an experience first,” says Tyler Rothenberg, beverage director of Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

In that spirit, here’s how some top bartenders are crafting fun and playful cocktails.

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Topics: cocktail trends, playful cocktails, fun cocktails

2023 Cocktail and Bar Trends to Bring Customers In

People are ready to go out, have a drink and let loose. But bars will have to compete for their attention — and their budget.

As consumers grapple with an overall higher cost of living, “enticing people out of their homes and into bars will become the number one priority for venues,” predicts Imbibe Live. Higher costs mean 40% of consumers plan to go out less frequently, CGA by Nielsen data shows, and 20% intend to cut back on the number of drinks they order.

How can bar owners get customers in the door? Entertain them, intrigue them, and delight them. That’s the theme of these bar and cocktail trends for 2023.

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Topics: cocktail trends, bar trends 2023, 2023 cocktail trends, cocktail trends 2023

ICYMI - Top 5 Most-Read HBC Blog Posts for October 2022

In case you missed them, here are the Top 5 most-read posts from our four blogs for the month that just ended, October 2022.
 

Read on. If you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

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Topics: Recap

Recap - Top 5 Most-Read HBC Blog Posts for September 2022

In case you missed them, here are the Top 5 most-read posts from our four blogs for the month that just ended, September 2022.
 

Read on. If you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

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Topics: Recap

ICYMI - Top 5 Most-Read HBC Blog Posts for August 2022

In case you missed them, here are the Top 5 most-read posts from our four blogs for the month that just ended, August 2022.
 

Read on. If you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

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Topics: Recap

Recap - Top 5 Most-Read HBC Blog Posts for July 2022

In case you missed them, here are the Top 5 most-read posts from our four blogs for the month that just ended, July 2022.
 

Read on. If you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

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Topics: Margarita, Recap, How to Make Cold Foam, perfect smoothie, coffee specialty drinks

The Hottest Summer Cocktails

It’s summer. You’ve got your Shibumi sunshade. You’ve got your platform flip-flops. But one trendy accessory is missing: the drink in your hand.

A few years back, the must-have summer cocktail was the Aperol Spritz. Then came the summer of frosé, the summer of White Claw, and the summer of the espresso martini (and other coffee cocktails). But summer 2022 hasn’t found its One Drink to Rule Them All — and that’s OK! We’ve found some possible candidates.

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Topics: Frozen cocktails, Featured, Summer cocktails, Summer cocktail trends

ICYMI - Top 5 Most-Read HBC Blog Posts for June 2022

In case you missed them, here are the Top 5 most-read posts from our four blogs for the month that just ended, June 2022.
 

Read on. If you see content you like, be sure to join the HBC Community for regular updates, whether it's Beverage, Food, Hospitality or Recipes.

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Topics: Recap, cold foam

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