Caramel

Sticky, sweet and oh my gosh so good, caramel! I know this flavor and what all it can do, by experience. I see it being overused and abused, but I won’t go there, as it does depend on the recipe and who is mixing it at what level of mix experience they have. For me, it’s a smooth caramel, delicious in most things I add it to, either as a supporting flavor or a main, this flavor is fantastic!

How I found my spots, is the same as all the rest. I grabbed up about (5) 10ml bottles and went thru my drops, 2 drops .02 grams, 4 drops .08 grams, 6 drops .12 grams and 8 drops .16 grams. I let these sit for about 3 days, shaking them every few hours; no other steeping tricks. The 2 drops was a very light caramel, and can see that being used as a sweetener at that level. Going to 4 drops, I got a good caramel type, not quiet as a solo, but then I rarely see caramel used as an only flavor, but it is possible it has been. at 6 drops, it starts to get really thick, way too much in my face type, with a taste on it that reminds me of burnt bits, def overdoing it there at 6 drops! So then I went 8 drops, and I just knew i’d be in trouble, but no I was not, not as bad as I thought, and it brings me again, back to my article flavor pushing zombies.

So this brings up, less is more than you really think, especially using it at more than needed. If you ever noticed, those full in your face flavor type juices going bad faster, if you keep a light to moderate hand making juice, it will last longer, and you will enjoy it better. You can retrain your tastebuds. YES! If you do a slow step down, like you would do with your nicotine intake. It is possible, and please do not give up, just practice more! Now how about a good recipe?

Caramel Coffee Brulee 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Caramel
9 drops .18 grams Vanilla Custard
3 drops .06 grams Vanilla Pudding
3 drops .06 grams Cinnamon Crunch
1 drops .02 grams Coffee

Creamy, rich, smooth and oh so good! You might want to let this sit around for a few days to mingle and play. Go big so you won’t run out of this one too fast! 😛

Edit: if you want more cinnamon/pumpkin spice/ginger then increase the recipe to at least 60ml, if not 120ml. Use 1-2 drops per 60ml for pumpkin spice, 1-2 drops per 120ml for more cinnamon.. If you’d like, sub out either or the creams for some good Irish cream, or Cream de Menthe! 🙂

Beer Nuts

This flavor is just not your average beer nuts, I can tell you that! Sweet salty nuts with a just a hint of ale, and a hidden surprising plot twist is what this flavor is made of. Let me tell you a few of my adventures with this fantastic flavor!

First I I opened it, I know I was a goner! Nutty caramel (Where is the ale? wait!) smell just hit my nose and I was hooked, just by nose! I knew I better start low, so yes, I did my drops (1 drop = .02 grams/.02ml) starting at 2 drops in 10ml, going up to 4, 6 and 9 drops.

I let them sit up for a couple days, I couldn’t wait any longer! At 2 drops, it was really light, I picked up a really light caramel-ish type taste, but that was all..  sad but I gave me a few hours, cottoned up my coils and dove in again!  4 drops, I remembered the small secret that a few of us old timers know, AP 5% and (you can snag that here!)
2 drops ap (.04 grams), and there she was, Pretzel! Oh my! it was not a nut, but more of a caramel pretzel. I had to go back and check the bottle, but it must have been the ap that did this, at this level, for me.

So, after a break, I came back and tried the 6, less caramel (still noticeable, but not like the 4 drops) and the nut starts to show up. I added the ap again, but it increased the nut and no more pretzel for me! At 9 drops (.18 grams) it is a full blown beer nut, sweet, but a chemical note in 10ml. So…

The ale and how to bring it out! Ready? So I played with this and have more than a few recipes for this totally cool flavor, and I found by adding in some sweet dough, and some Yakima hops, I could get that yeasty ale taste into the beer nuts.. Here is my recipe for that:

Beer Nuts 30ml

12 drops .24 grams Beer Nuts
9 drops .18 grams Sweet Dough
6 drops .12 grams Mango
6 drops .12 grams Yakima Hops

Let this sit up for about 3 days and dig in, love to see what others think of this one. I might release my Beer Nut Shake at a later date. 🙂