Fire Roasting & Hot Panning

What is Fire Roasting & Hot Panning?

Fire Roasting is often referred to as hot panning. This is the process of adding a thin crunchy, sugar-shell coating on to the center by applying heat to a traditional panning process. The nuts are cooked with a combination of ingredients such as sugar, salt, honey, butter or water in a revolving copper pan over a gas flame. Fire Roasting can be performed with many different types of wholesome, low-moisture centers including peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, soybeans and dried corn. Hot panning will produce a crunchy shell that is similar to popular, sweet and salty peanuts on the market. After the crunchy shell is produced, we can adhere inclusions such as dried fruit like blueberries, cranberries, and acai, grains such as quinoa, seeds such as chia, and a variety of seasonings.

Fire Roasting & Hot Panning Capabilities

Sugar-Free Glazed Nuts Sweetened With Monk Fruit

And now for the latest innovation breakthrough in the world of nuts, Warrell Creations is now capable of producing sugar-free glazed nuts that are sweetened with monk fruit. Our sugar-free glazed nuts are also keto-friendly.  Nuts are naturally a good source of protein and the sugar-free coating does not add carbohydrates, just sweetness.  Snacking on nuts as part of a Keto-friendly plan is nothing new.  However, Keto-friendly nuts with a sweet crackly glaze are!  These sugar-free glazed nuts may be seasoned and flavored the same way as the sugar-glazed variety.  They can be sweet, spicy, fruity or savory depending on the combination of inclusions, flavorings and seasonings.  Limitations are defined only by imagination.  Warrell offers sugar-free, glazed, fire-roasted peanuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, seeds and more. 

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What Are Monk Fruit Sweeteners?

Monk fruit sweeteners are a sugar alternative made from monk fruit liquid. Monk fruit is also known as Siraitia grosvenorii or Luo Han Guo. It was discovered in China by Luo Han monks more than a thousand years ago and was considered to be an antidote to aging as well as a fruit with healing powers. For centuries, people used monk fruit to heal digestive ailments and colds.

Luo Han Guo is part of the gourd family and is considered a superfood. This green, round fruit grows in Thailand, China and other parts of Southeast Asia.

While organic monk fruit has a glycemic index of zero and has almost no calories, it is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Sweeteners can be made from monk fruit through the fire roasting and hot panning process outlined above. We’re proud to be one of the first confectionery manufacturers with the ability to use the fire roasting and hot panning process with a Luo Han Guo fruit to create a truly sugar-free sweetener for chocolate, tea and everyday use.

Monk fruit has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties as well as nutrients. Sweeteners made with organic monk fruit are attractive to many consumers because they are low in calories and will not spike blood sugar. They are safe for those with diabetes and people who are trying to reduce their intake of sugar. Unlike other “zero sugar” sweeteners, monk fruit sweeteners have no unpleasant aftertaste. And since they are sweeter than sugar, these sweeteners go a long way. You need only a small amount to make a treat sweet.

Are Monk Fruit Sweeteners Keto-Friendly?

Many types of fruit are not permitted on the keto diet due to the impact of glucose and fructose on the body. Monk fruit is an exception because it gets its sweetness from antioxidants known as mogrosides — not from fructose.

Organic monk fruit and sweeteners made from it have no carbs and no sugars, making them ideal for anyone looking for a keto-friendly treat. Sweeteners made with the fruit can be used in drinks, desserts and candy, including chocolate. Monk fruit may even be able to lower blood sugar levels.

Many people on keto diets find it challenging to avoid all sugary sweets. Fortunately, organic monk fruit can help manage those cravings. This sweetener works in beverages and desserts as a sugar alternative. There is even evidence that monk fruit can increase insulin secretion, which can help boost insulin sensitivity and can help metabolism and efforts to lose weight.

One of the most important things to remember on a keto diet is to choose monk fruit sweeteners that are truly sugar-free and are not made with added sugars or additional fruits. Just because something says it is “sweetened with monk fruit” does not mean it’s not sweetened with other products as well. Be sure to read the labels carefully. We’re one of the first confectionery companies to create a truly sugar-free product with organic monk fruit.

What Is The Process For Fire Roasting & Hot Panning?

The entire fire roasting method takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes from start to finish. This specialized process requires each batch size to remain small to deliver an appetizing artisan finish.  Our Camp Hill, PA hot panning operation features a total capacity of up to 11 million pounds per year! Innovations from this kitchen support a range of on-package claims from Kosher, non-GMO, Project Verified, Certified Organic, Heart-Healthy, as well as a Good Source of Protein.

Fire Roasting Options – Hot Panning/Praline Nuts

Syrup Centers (Choose 1) Inclusions (Choose 1 or 2)
Regular Walnuts, Pecans, Cashews Flavorings
Sugar Free Chickpeas Toffee
Coffee Beans BBQ Seasonings
Puffed Quinoa Chopped nuts
Sesame Seeds Quinoa, Chia, Ancient grains
Pumpkin Seeds Superfruits
Peanuts Spicy to Savory seasonings
Macadamian Nuts Cinnamon

How We Can Help You

Our capabilities include fire roasting/hot panning contract candy-making services that can help you meet customer demands. We offer fully supported candy co-manufacturing services where we partner with you in every project phase, including product design and creation, packaging, marketing and distribution. We also have the flexibility to tailor the contract candy making process to meet your unique fire roasting/hot panning requirements, such as adhering custom combinations of fruits and seasonings. Our extensive contract candy manufacturing experience ensures your customers always receive a finished candy product of the highest quality.

We also offer innovative fire roasting/hot panning private-label candy making solutions for retailers and candy and confectionery manufacturers and distributors. Implementing a co-development methodology, we’ll work closely with your organization in every phase of your private-label candy-manufacturing project to ensure the creation of a superior product that also allows you to meet your profit margin goals.

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