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About Hope Thoennes

Hope Thoennes is a Content Specialist for Central Restaurant Products, a food service equipment and supply distributor in Indianapolis. She writes for Central's catalog, website and blog and provides latest foodservice information on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Recipe and Image from Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Bite Me Monday: S’mores Krispie Treats

Mondays can be tough. You enjoyed a great weekend and now it’s back to the hustle and grind! Give yourself something to look forward to tonight with a new 15-minute, easy and delicious recipe. Take a bite out of S’mores Krispie Treats from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures!

Supplies Needed

This is one of my favorite dessert recipes because it is so quick, easy, and delicious! Central is here to make it even easier! Here’s exactly what supplies you’ll need:



3 TBS unsalted butter

pinch of salt
5 cups mini marshmallows, divided
6 – 7 cups Graham cereal pieces
3 – 1.55 oz. Hershey’s® Milk chocolate bars, broken into pips


Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan with cooking spray. In a large stock pot, melt the butter and salt over medium heat. Once it is melted, add 4 cups of the mini marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted.
Take mixture off heat and add in the cereal and stir. Add in the extra cup of mini marshmallows and stir to just combine.
Working quickly, pour half the mixture into the prepared pan and press down then top with half the Hershey’s pips. Pour the rest of the mixture onto the chocolate and press down then top with the rest of the chocolate.
Allow to sit at room temperature for several hours to set up OR place in refrigerator for about an hour.
Remove from pan and cut into bars.
Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.

Enjoy! Check back next week for another bite worthy recipe!

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: July 14, 2017

Happy Friday! We hope you’ve had a great week! Now, it is time to catch up on the latest foodservice industry news and Central blogs and promotions!

Industry News

  1. Fast Casual: Infographic: Great ways restaurants can lighten the load on that online carbon footprint
  2. Delish: 79 Best-Ever Frozen Desserts
  3. Restaurant Hospitality: What smaller chains should consider as they grow
  4. Nation’s Restaurant News: PE Group Brentwood makes investment in Blaze Pizza
  5. Eater: Chipotle’s First Shot at Queso Falls Short on Flavor
  6. Fast Casual: The gray-collar war: 5 ways for restaurants to remain competitive
  7. Food Republic: Five NYC Restaurant Trends We’ve Spotted This Summer
  8. Nation’s Restaurant News: Bobby Flay is ready to license Bobby’s Burger Palace
  9. QSR: Domino’s moo-ves in to milk some action from ‘Cow Appreciation’ events
  10. Foodservice News: How a Home Cook Created a Revenue Stream With a Swedish Flair

Central Blogs

Central Promos

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Top Image Credit: Floating Kitchen

2017 Back to School Kitchen Equipment Guide

Is your school’s kitchen prepared for another year? From elementary up to universities, we rounded up a few of the most important pieces for a successful year! For additional helpful information, visit Central’s School Homeroom page.

True TMC-58 Forced Air Milk Cooler

A staple for the lunch line, keep milk cartons within reach for kids of all ages! The oversized refrigeration system provides better tasting milk and increased sales.  Plus, show your school pride with 26 color options! Trust the reliability of True products!


True T-49 Reach-In Refrigerator

The True T-49 reach-in refrigerator is one of the best in the industry, and has a five star rating on our website! It’s spacious 49 cubic foot interior is ideal for storing anything you need for your school’s cafeteria. With a temperature range of 33°F to 38°F, you will get the best possible food preservation and safety.


Metro C539 Holding and Transport Cabinet

Often times in school foodservice operations, food is prepared in advanced and has to be stored for the various lunch periods. The Metro C539 holding and transport cabinet is the perfect solution to hold food. It comes with the choice of Lexan (clear) or solid doors that are insulated to keep in heat. The adjustable digital thermostat is easy to use with recessed controls for safety. It also includes 17 slide pairs and can hold 34 full-size sheet pans.


Flatware Holders and Cylinders

Central has stainless steel and plastic flatware holders and cylinders, which allows flatware to dry in the vertical position.

Leaving flatware on it’s side doesn’t make for a very sanitary situation as lipids, acids and chemicals are laying on each other.

The stainless steel holders have a stainless steel construction with rubber feed for stabilization.  They’re also dishwasher safe. Plastic flatware holders and cylinders are heavy duty and long wearing.


Compartment Trays

Styrofoam trays cause cafeterias to throw away money on a monthly basis, plus have several negative effects to the environment too.

There many types of non-disposable trays out there constructed of a variety of materials. Read our compartment tray buying guide to see which trays excel in certain areas to find the perfect one for your foodservice. You can also look into ENERGY STAR® rated dishwashers to save on your water costs as well.


Need Help?

Central hand-picked all the items in our School Homeroom section of our website! Feel free to contact us at 800-215-9293 with any questions for your school foodservice needs. Working on a grant or bid? We can help with that too! We work with schools to get you the total amount or quote needed so you can finalize your application. Call or live chat with us now for details.


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Tuesday Tip: Online Only Products

Did you know that Central offers hundreds of thousands of products? Our team is dedicated to offering a wide variety of quality products in order to make your kitchen successful. New products are constantly being added to our online only selection – keep your eye on our homepage for the newest vendor selections!

Browse here to see great products from True, Winco, Tomlinson, Walco, World Kitchen, Witt, and more!

TAKKT presented with Digital Champions Award

Stuttgart/Berlin, 22 June 2017. TAKKT AG was awarded first place at the Digital Champions Award in the “Digital Processes and Organization” category. The award was created by the German magazine WirtschaftsWoche and Deutsche Telekom in 2016 and has now been awarded for the second time. TAKKT impressed the jury with its comprehensive approach to digital transformation.

The award ceremony for the Digital Champions Award took place in Berlin on June 20. The award, presented jointly by WirtschaftsWoche and Deutsche Telekom, identifies medium-sized companies that are on the right track in the digital revolution. Eleven companies in four categories made it to the final round with their digital solutions and strategies. TAKKT AG was awarded first place in the “Digital Processes and Organization” category. The jury was impressed by the comprehensive approach TAKKT and its companies are pursuing for their digital transformation. Digitalization is not conceived in isolation for individual processes. Instead, it is the top priority along the entire value chain.

At the ceremony, CEO Felix Zimmermann was pleased about the award: “This represents both recognition and obligation at the same time.” Zimmermann emphasized that the development of new technologies and innovative solutions must be accompanied by a cultural change, which can only be achieved if it is supported by all employees. “My special thanks go to our employees, who have made a major contribution to this success,” said Zimmermann.

The jury consisted of high-profile representatives from business, science and the media. Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, was the patron of the competition. 


TAKKT is the leading B2B direct marketing specialist for business equipment in Europe and North America. The Group is represented with its brands in more than 25 countries. The product range of the subsidiaries comprises more than 500,000 products for the areas of plant and warehouse equipment, office furniture, transport packaging, display articles and equipment for the food service industry, hotel market and retailers. The TAKKT Group has over 2,000 employees and just under three million customers worldwide. The company is listed on the SDAX and Deutsche Börse Prime Standard.

Week in Brief: June 16, 2017

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: June 16, 2017

Happy Friday! Can you believe it is mid-June?! Time to catch up on the latest foodservice industry news and Central blogs and promotions!

Industry News

  1. Restaurant Hospitality: How restaurants promote just-for-Dad specials
  2. Eater: Why Root Beer and Burger Chain A&W Is Planning a Comeback
  3. Nation’s Restaurant News: Noodles & Co. Considers Name Change
  4. NPR The Salt: To Protect Fruit Crops, Scientists Are Putting Them Into A Deep Freeze
  5. QSR Magazine: 61 of America’s Most Innovative Menu Items
  6. QSR Web: Infographic – How Online Reviews Can Make or Break Your Brand
  7. Food Republic: 12 Sweet Ways to Use Strawberries, Now In Season!
  8. Fast Casual: 5 Ways to get Your Customers To Download Your App
  9. QSR Magazine: Buffalo Wild Wings’ Quick-Service Concept is Coming Soon
  10. NPR the Salt: This Art Group Installs Pick-Your-Own Fruit Parks Around Los Angeles

Central Blogs

Central Promos

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Visit to view current promotions, or click the links below.

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10 Recipes For A Top-Notch 4th of July

It’s almost that time of year again! Time to celebrate another birthday of the one and only U-S-of-A! The 4th of July is spent with family, friends, fireworks, and of course lots and lots of food. We took a vote, and we are all in favor of eating all of the desserts. All of them.

So, in the spirit of the holiday, we gathered some of the best lookin’ desserts, drinks, and snacks that we could find to help you celebrate our freedom. (Note: red, white and blue is a definite theme in these delicious recipes and we LOVE it!)

In need of some equipment and supplies for your restaurant or home to make some treats? We have you covered! From bakery equipment and supplies, and cake decorating supplies to cooking utensils and food prep bowl, Central has what you need!

  1. Red Velvet Cupcakes

2. 4th of July Firecracker Jell-O Cups

3. Red, White and Blue M&M’s Cookie Bar

4. Patriotic Oreo Pops

5. Triple Berry Frozen Smoothies

6. Patriotic Popsicles

7. 4th of July Brownie Bites

8. American Flag S’mores Dip

9. Red, White and Blue Strawberry Shortcake

10. Paula Deen’s Apple Pie

Because can you celebrate America without Apple pie? I mean really.



Featured image from Cute Food For Kids


Tuesday Tip: How Clean Is Your Water?

How Clean is Your Water?

Water is used in practically every aspect of the kitchen, including food preparation, warewashing, beverage service, basic cleaning and even some cooking functions. Normal tap water contains a number of suspended and dissolved solids, such as chlorine, bacteria, sediment, chemicals and other harmful elements. These solids can cause water to look cloudy, smell badly or taste funny, and can also affect any menu item that is prepared, washed or cooked with water!

One way to help remove these solids from water is with the use of water filters. While there are other treatment options available, water filters are the least expensive and the easiest to implement and maintain. Most importantly, they are effective—water filters offer the last line of defense between the body and the more than 2,100 known toxins that may be present in tap water!

Avoid This!

Brewer Without Water FilterBrewer With Water Filter

Here you can see the difference a water filter can make. Photos, courtesy of Bunn-O-Matic® Corporation in Springfield, IL, show a laboratory coffee hot-water reservoir after 7,000 brews (3,500 gallons or 134,247 liters) without and with a water filter.

How Can Water Filters Benefit My Commercial Kitchen?

Extend the life of your restaurant equipment

The chemicals and other impurities found in tap water can build up and corrode the metal parts of your kitchen equipment, which can increase downtime and eventually even cause the machine to stop functioning completely. Less build up means that the interior moveable parts can function in the full range they were intended to when designed.

Increase the efficiency of your restaurant equipment

Just a few thousandths of an inch of scale formation can reduce the energy efficiency of your equipment by 25% or more! In addition, scale formation can lower production times and levels, as well as prevent the machine from performing correctly. Commercial Water filters help to decrease the amount of scale buildup and keep your unit running as efficiently as possible.

Improved taste, smell and clarity of water

Because water filters block out solids, the resulting water is more clear, has a better taste and doesn’t smell badly. Using filtered water in food and drink preparation can enhance the overall flavor and aroma of the menu item. With filtered water, your diners can consume your creations without worrying about poor water quality ruining the taste!

Reduce service and maintenance costs

Maintenance calls are costly! Prevent the damage that scale formation and other deposits cause to your machines by using a water filter. While maintenance costs can be a painful hit to your expenses, full replacement of the equipment is even worse! When scale formation builds up too much, even a professional cannot reverse the damages and full replacement is the only solution.

Which Types of Restaurant Equipment Can Benefit From Water Filters?

Ice Machines

Without a water filter, you risk any of the following:

  • Scale buildup on evaporator plates can significantly increase maintenance costs
  • Excess sediment particles can clog distribution tubes and solenoid valves
  • Excess chlorine residual can cause chlorine smell and corrosion in ice bins
  • Sediment and abrasive hard particles wears down and shortens the life of pumps, valves, o-rings and seals

All Ice Machine Filters

Coffee Makers

Without a water filter, you risk any of the following:

  • Scale buildup on sensors and heating coils can significantly increase maintenance costs
  • Excess sediment can clog spray head in brew basket
  • Excess chlorine and organic residual cause bitter-tasting beverages

All Coffee Maker Filters

Steamers and Combi Ovens

Without a water filter, you risk any of the following:

  • Increased chlorine-induced corrosion
  • Limescale formation in high temperature steam application
  • Lower energy efficiency
  • Decreased life and performance of the steamer due to dirt and rust particle build-up

All Steamer/Combi Oven Filters