I had an eloquently written set of notes that did not save the first time. Shame on me for not copying them to notepad. This is the short short version because i am tired.
Picture a pretty little square of pie crust with cinnamon sugar under juicy apple filling with a dollup of fresh vanilla cream covered in a strawberry brandy reduction. Pure delight
FA Fuji - I must be super sensitive because this seemed to overtake everything I tried. In this recipe it mingles with both the CAP CDS and the TFA Brandy giving it cinnamon and syrup qualities and giving that baked nuance much the same as liquid amber does.
TFA Strawberry (Ripe) - I used a lot. i didn't want to use sweetener and this plays triple duty. Sweet, creamy, and strawberry flavor.
CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl - All i ever get is cinnamon from it on a short steep so i went with it knowing to keep it low to get that cinnamon and a little bit of bakery after the week steep. It lends just enough bakery to pull of the tart and adds complexity.
TFA Brandy - I looked at a lot of flavorings trying to bind the basket ingredients together where necessary and this one worked great in adding that syrup-like and baked quality.
FA Cream Fresh - This and TFA Vanilla Swirl make up the cream by playing off the creamy underbelly of the Strawberry (Ripe) and add mouthfeel and depth.
TFA Vanilla Swirl - (SEE ABOVE)
This has been a lot of fun listening to the show and participating in the contest. Respect to the hosts and to all the mixers, new and seasoned, for their art and passion for mixing.
Brett Grosswiler (That Hohmie Brett)
Prepare to taste the most amazing, excellent, awe inspiring vape that will transport you back to watching your favorite childhood cartoo- I'm just fucking with you guys. I aimed to create the profile of an apple cinnamon cereal sitting in strawberry milk, and I feel that the final recipe version achieves this profile very well (not to be cocky). It doesn't taste quite like Apple Jacks, more like Cinnamon Toast Crunch with lots of green Apple Jacks (I'm pretty sure there is a difference between the orange and green AJ's...) mixed together that's been in the milk long enough to make it sugary and delicious. When vaping the first note tasted is apple that is a slightly dominant to the rough/grainy cinnamon cereal, but both battle it out for the top note. This is carried by the sugary sweet strawberry milk which becomes prominent about halfway though the exhale. To be honest, I struggle to taste strawberry and needed to have others taste test the recipe for this aspect - what I personally get is a sugary milk that has a definite fruity sweetness (I also used the Ripe Strawberry to blend the recipe together, in particular the apple and cinnamon notes, as well as making the apple have a more artificially sweet taste). Finally, the vape will finish on one of two notes - either the apple cinnamon cereal will come back and leave you with a grainy or slightly 'rough' feel, or it will end on the strawberry milk note and provide a smooth, sweet, dairy taste that lingers for a while.
I hope you guys didn't want flavor notes - I just followed the instructions for the contest on DIYorDie.com. Just in case, the only flavoring I haven't mentioned that I used is AP. I needed to use AP to bring out a grainy and more dry feel from CAP Cin. Dane. Swirl. Without AP, CDS stays far too soft and fresh bakery like, no where near what a cinnamon cereal is supposed to taste like. So guys, that's it! Even if I don't make it to round 2 it was fun coming up with this recipe, and I'm thankful for this competition and the chance to compete. Hope you all enjoy!
I wanted to make a creamy apple crumble flavour with a hint of ice cream. The challenge for me was to push the fuji more towards a baked apple without using FA Liquid Amber. Because I could only use 3 additional flavours and didn't want to waste one flavour on that. I tried to achieve a similar effect by using TFA Strawberry ripe.
FA FUJI is a very bright and frech apple flavour. The problem for me was the right percentage. I didn't want the apple too much upfront but if used too low, it gets muted too much after a few days of steeping. For me 3,5% turned out to be the best compromise.
CAP CINNAMON DANISH SWIRL V2 gives cinnamon to the crumble and also a hint of bakery notes.
FA APPLE PIE adds the crusty taste and pairs perfectly with the fuji.
TFA DX VANILLA CUPCAKE just blends all together. It adds the missing buttery cake flavour to the crumble and also transforms the apple more towards a baked apple. It cuts the edges, gives a little graininess to mix and adds a kind of icing to the apple.
TFA STRAWBERRY RIPE is a very versatile flavour because the strawberry is quite weak and can be nicely used in different situations. In this receipe it turns the fuji more towards a red apple and sweetens up the receipe.
CAP VANILLA BEAN ICE CREAM gives more mouthfeel and vanilla creaminess to the mix.
Recommended steeping time: 3-4 days
PS: Sorry for my bad english, I'm from germany. Because of that I couldn't get JV Fuji...
peanut butter pudding. covered in caramelized apples topped with cinnamon and sugar crumbs.
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I use 1.5mg Nicotine
the combination of the fw yogurt and tfa peanut butter created the sense of a pudding. the lightness of the yogurt without a strong sour note mixed with the heavy peanut butter evens itself out to a smooth pudding like essence.
fuji apple and strawberry ripe combined with each other as the apple is more prominent. the combo brings a beautiful gel flavor but does not take away from crisp and wholeness of the apple chunks.
fw dulce de leche offers a caramelized flavor to the combo of strawberry ripe and fuji apple. i feel this is the best additive to give a true caramelized flavor to the mix. i tried many caramels or butterscotches and the fw version of dulce de leche gave this the perfect flavor.
of course without a cinnamon crumb topping mixed with white sugar and cinnamon. The sweetener and cinnamon danish swirl v1 was the perfect ingredient to top off the mix.
it seems i did a big flavor bend with strawberry ripe @ 5% it gave many notes and assisted the entire mix without identifying itself as a predominant flavor note. that 1 ingredient i feel assists the creaminess of the pudding, then added to the apple to help complete this original profile.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did since its creation it has been a ADV for me. I only use drippers and it has been a beautiful mix to enjoy the past weeks.
this can be used as a shake and vape but i found after the 4th day the peanut butter stands out more and more. After 2 weeks i have found no more flavor note changes to my personal taste
A cinnamon applesauce bread with a light yogurt glaze. Similar to a banana nut bread or zucchini bread. A fluffy, cake like, cinnamon danish swirl and sugar cookie. Liquid amber and fuji create an applesauce note that adds moistness and richness to the bready notes, this also borrows from the cinnamon danish swirl to spice the applesauce and drive home the authenticity of the style of bakery I tried to achieve. Straw ripe sweetens the entire product as well as making the applesauce pop slightly and adds an interesting back note that is present at a higher temp. To finish the whole thing off I added a yogurt glaze much like a yogurt glazed pretzel thick and sweet yet not overpowering I thought this would be the perfect finish and pair well with the sharper notes of the fuji.
A sour and sweet Apple beer, with accents of cinnamon and strawberry.
I came up with this after trying 5 other variations. I wanted to make something that was very unique to the judges. It's not easy to do when every one is going to use half of the same flavors. So I found my weirdest flavor. The one that doesn't taste like any other flavor. DONUTS by Flavorah. It's a spot on beer flavor to me. It's strong and a steep is needed for this one. Fuji is a great Apple flavor for this recipe. It's strong enough to stand up with the Flavorah donuts (beer actually) flavor. The strawberry is used as a sweet fruity accent. The cinnamon is very light but it makes the Apple much more enjoyable. Cinnamon danish swirl can be very strong to so it worked well in this recipe as another accent to the beer. The strawberry ripe adds a sweetness and fruity note. The sweet fruit in this recipe really help making the beer complex and enjoyable. The frosted donut adds a powdered sugar taste to help bring out the sweetness of strawberry ripe. The sugar cookie is another sweet bakery flavor I chose to add sweetness to the beer. It also adds some bakery notes to the beer to help soften the yeast beer flavor.
This juice must steep for at least a week. The longer the better.
The MIXXED ingredients;
The first thing I thought of when I saw these was an apple pie of some sort, but that'd be pretty boring.
Fuji apple is a great flavour and the first time I tasted it, I thought, wow, this would make a great spiced apple drink - so that's what I decided to aim for.
It's a solid flavour. I've used it in fruit mixes at 1% with great success previously, but because I'm wanting it to be the main note here, I started at 3%.
3% ended up being a little too strong in the final mix, so I toned it down to 2.7%.
CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl is a really nice cinnamon, but the pastry is a bit lacking unless you're going to add something like INW Biscuit.
I'm not really going for a pastry flavour in this drink, but the cinnamon is going to pair really well with the apple and the subtle pastry notes will add depth to the juice.
3% might seem quite strong, but it'll come together as the other 'spice' flavours I'm using in this drink seem to lack cinnamon and I want that warmth!
TFA Strawberry Ripe. I'll be honest, there are other strawberries out there that I like better than this one. To me, this has always seemed like a very tacky strawberry flavour.
When I've tried to use it as a main note, it's always a bit too sickly sweet for me. What I did find out when mixing it with TFA Absinthe is that it makes a GREAT sweetener!
So we're going to use it to add sweetness to our apple juice drink! Anywhere from 0.5% to about 2% will do. I'm going to sit it at 1.5%, it's really going to add to our apple juice!
TFA Chai Tea is a STRONG flavour that normally needs a bit of a steep to calm down. This is what's going to add the bulk of the spice to our drink.
This is going to give us a chunk of clove, some ginger and a bit of cardamom, but we're going to have to go lightly on it, because we want it to flavour our apple juice, not overtake it!
TFA Horchata (not to be confused with Horchata Smooth) is another STRONG flavour. This one is really heavy on the cinnamon and it'll pair really well with both TFA Chai Tea and CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl. We're going to add it in at 1%.
TFA French Vanilla Deluxe is pretty much a vanilla custard without that eggy note. We're not using a custard because we're really not going for a latte. The tasty tasty diketones in the Deluxe variant of this vanilla are really going to smooth out the spices without affecting the overall crisp taste of our apple.
I was originally going to do a spiced cider or even a spiked cider. But once I got my hand on JF Yellow Cake, I had to use it.
Delicious apple cake with a sweet frosting
CAP CDS/JF Yellow Cake- JF does most of the work here. It's sweet and moist, but not too moist. It's absolutely delicious. CDS adds a nice little cinnamon dusting and adds some fullness to the batter.
Fuji/Apple Cider- I don't get a whole lot of apple from the cider. It has that fermented taste that you would associate with ciders and is very sweet. Combined with the Fuji, it's a perfect representation of an apple cider.
Vanilla cupcake- This makes up the frosting. It does actually help the batter but I definitely get more of the frosting than batter.
Strawberry Ripe- Now, I can't taste strawberries very well but I use ripe quite a bit. Usually to sweeten a mix. Not this time. While it does add some sweetness, I'm using this to smooth some harsh notes. Apple cider is a great flavor but can be a little harsh on the throat at times. Strawberry ripe does a perfect job of smoothing that all out.
I made 10 different recipes with many variations and this is the one I can't stop vaping. I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I do. Maybe not that outside of the box,but it's so good!
A nice thick creamy apple cinnamon cake.
CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl. Used it at a lower percent to give it a nice smooth cinnamon flavor like apple jacks cereal
JF Fuji. Fuji goes very well with cinnamon danish swirl to give it that apple jacks feel to it. I like it at 1.25% but could be bumped up to 1.50% if you want more apple.
TPA Strawberry Ripe. Works really well in this very smooth and adds a little sweetness to the mix.
TPA Vanilla Cupcake. Cupcake thickens up the cake a little more and adds to the yellow cake.
FA Vienna Cream. Used it to add some creaminess to the cake.
JF Yellow Cake. Has a very nice cake feel and taste to it.
Steep Time - 3 To 5 Days
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