Applebees, one of the largest food-delivery service companies in the world, announced Monday that it has invented a dessert that is “the most delicious apple” ever made.
The company is calling the new dessert, “Cherry Blossom Pie.”
The dessert is a blend of the sweet cherry pie that Applebees has been making since 2003, with “a cherry blossom base and a base of vanilla, a hint of sugar and a touch of caramel,” according to the company’s announcement.
“The result is a delicious, delicious dessert,” the company said.
Applebees said it is “delighted” with the new recipe and “look forward to continuing to bring the cherry blanc pie to customers across the country and beyond.”
Applebees’ announcement comes amid a heated debate about the use of ingredients from cherry trees that have been found in some of the country’s most widely consumed desserts.
In September, The New York Times reported that a number of food companies were using cherry trees as ingredients in their products.
Applebee has long supported the use, saying it “believes in responsible sourcing of our food.”
But the companies’ announcement prompted an online backlash, with critics saying the company was trying to avoid the debate by claiming that its “best” product was its dessert.
The criticism came on the heels of Applebees CEO Tim Cook saying last week that he “really like to think of myself as a hard worker and a good parent.”
Applebee said in a statement that the new “Ceramic Cherry Blossom Pie” is a “tremendous improvement” over the company, noting that it “has been a long time coming to a dessert.”