Nothing fancy going on here just a simple creme caramel that has become my default dessert vape.
This is a Reworking of a recipe I had published a while ago as I wasn't happy with it.
WF Crispy water was dropped. It's a muddled flavour and not to my liking. I'm convinced a lot of WF flavours are better off in food recipes.
3% VT Creme Caramel is quite a weak flavour but after it steeps a bit those creamy caramel/ butterscotch notes come out.
However, it has zero body so 2% FA Custard Premuim adds a creamy custard base.
Finally 1% DYFS Holy Vanilla adds that smoky vanilla top-note and a little cream without detracting from the recipe. .
• 0.35% Flv Sweeteness (optional)
Dig in if you like but benefits from a 3 day steep.
Any resemblance to actual "1-2-3" recipes is purely coincidental.
A Milk and Honey inspired remix... for old times' sake.
It's an overdone profile (graham cracker, banana and some nut flavouring) but I wanted to have another bash at remixing Milk and Honey. This one is more of a M & H inspired juice than a clone but still manages to scratch that itch.
Toasted Almond is the main nut flavour I get from M & H. Not so sure I get peanut butter, which didn't taste right when used. 1% TFA Toasted Almond provides a subtle almond background and a toasted top-note.
To my tastebuds at least, the key to M & H's profile is TFA Bananas Foster. It's creamy with subtle banana, caramel and spice notes. However, it lacks body and can get lost in a mix so was boosted with 1.25% TFA Banana Nut Bread, which adds more body and complex sweetness. This also helps it stand up to CAP Graham.Cracker V2 which would otherwise overpower everything.
1% CAP Graham Cracker 2 accents the recipe with a biscuit texture and adds holiday spice and molasses notes. It's far more complex and nuanced than CAP Graham Cracker 1 which is a plain cinnamon cracker so don't sub it out.
The hardest part in developing this recipe was finding a cream that could blend without interfering with the overall profile. However, a bit of help came from the much maligned yet overlooked, CAP VC 2. It may be unpleasant at higher percentages but at lower percentages it's an amazing blending cream which adds body without interfering with the overall flavour.
Usually M & H remixes contain Marshmallow but there's already plenty of ethyl maltol sweetness coming from the banana ingredients used. Also, whenever I did use marshmallow, it muddled up the profile.
FW Sweetener provides a necessary sucralose boost at 1%
Nice as a S&V but 3 days recommended.
A light vanilla/toffee-topped custard cream.
This one is a twist on my ADV at the moment, 1-2-3 Creme Brulee, which is
1% DFS Holy Vanilla, 2% INW Custard and 3% VT Creme Brulee ( recipe link below).
One day I mistakenly used 3% VT Toffee Ice Cream instead of 3% VT Creme Brulee (similar bottles) but was pleasantly suprised with the result.
VT Toffee Ice cream has subtle toffee top notes which are complemented by the spicy vanilla notes from Holy Vanilla. 2% INW Custard works beautifully with VT Toffee Ice Cream providing buttery custard/ biscuit back notes. 0.35% FLV Sweetness rounds things out.
Even though it only has three ingredients, this recipe is unapologetically moreish.
S&V certified but gets richer as it steeps.
1-2-3 Creme Brulee
This is a remix of my favourite custard recipe, 3-2-1 Creme Brulee by Tootall. However, for shits and giggles, I tried out Vape Train's Creme Brulee, in place of INW Creme Brulee, and did a bit of tweaking.
At 3% VT Creme Brulee manages to pull off the scorched caramel taste better than Inawera's brulee. And while it might have less body and be more milky than Inawera's offering, 2% INW Custard fixes that issue providing a thick creamy, semi-biscuity flavour.
Next, on to the vanilla. A mixer on this site suggested using dark vanillas over bright vanillas to complement caramel top-notes. To see what he meant, two batches of this recipe were mixed: one with Shisha Vanilla (the bright one) and the other with DIYFS Holy Vanilla (the dark spicy vanilla). It turns out he's right. The difference was subtle yet apparent: Holy Vanilla worked nicely with the caramel notes in VT Creme Brulee. By the way, It's always refreshing to learn from experienced mixers who aren't cynical and are friendly and welcoming instead.
Overall, this is a pleasantly light yet decadent custard vape with caramel and earthy vanilla top-notes. 0.35% FW Sweetener was added to taste. Perfect as a S&V but gets richer as it steeps.
Tootall's 3-2-1 Creme Brulee
Whipped toffee-pecan cream with biscuit sprinkle.
Toffee and Butter Pecan were made for each other and this tasty number shows why.
FLV Toffee is my favourite from Flavorah's dessert line. It's a sweet buttermilk toffee that sits where you want it in a recipe. 1% FLV Toffee is complemented with caramely nutty butter notes from 1.5% FW Butter Pecan.
2% VT Toffee ice cream has a pleasant toffee taste and is quite buttery but lacks body, hence the inclusion of 1.5% CAP Vanilla Whipped Cream, which thickens as well as blends everything.
0.75% JF Biscuit adds a slight biscuit accent you get on the exhale.
0.35% FW Sweetener because it's a dessert.
This recipe manages to be sweet and moreish yet is not too rich so is certainly ADV material. It's a nice "comfort vape" to get you through those dark wintery nights.
Enjoy. P. G.
Sugar-frosted froot loops in light creamy milk
Every mixer has their own version of froot loops so after months of tinkering, I came up with this well-balanced one which has a nice blend of medium citrus, light cream and sugary cereal sweeteness.
FW Fruit Rings is the best citrus-based cereal around, however, all too often, when mixed, it's drowned in too much cream for my liking. Much of this is to do with taming the accompanying citrus notes. To avoid this, FA Juicy Strawberry and TFA Meringue were marshalled as muting agents as well as for essential cereal sugar sweetness.
FA Juicy Strawberry contains a truckload of Ethyl Maltol with caramel-like sweetness and cereal sugar texture. I found it works better in cereals than Strawberry Ripe. Just 0.75% Juicy Strawberry is enough to tame 2.5% FW Fruit Rings and provide a cereal sugar effect. (N.B. If you prefer a little less Ethyl Maltol sweetness, lower to 0.50%, which does the trick too)
TFA Meringue is an indispensable and distinct cereal sugar (FA Meringue doesn't work as well so no subs), however, the downside is that it can high-hack a recipe if used too high. After various trials, the sweet spot was hit at 0.65% to get that frosted sugar sweetness and texture.
1% FLV Cream was boosted with 0.75% TFA Bavarian Cream to make a light cream base. Not much Bavarian Cream was needed as I didn't want to overdo it with E.M. I forgot how useful Bavarian Cream is which adds creamy undertones as well as smoothen things out. 0.75% FW Hazelnut, a reliable workhorse, rounds out the cereal milk base and provides a creamy malt background.
Finally, to boost the overall cereal sweetness, 0.50% FW Sweetener.
And that's it. There's nothing new going on in this recipe; fruit loop profiles are ten a penny. Besides I didn't want to add to the already high cereal mortality rate on recipe sites. However, this simple recipe turned out so well I thought I'd share it as it might just float your boat.
Better as a S&V for that sweet crispy sugary coated taste.
Light cinnamon graham crackers dipped in birthday cake batter with cream cheese icing. Spoon-lickingly delicious.
A trip down memory lane with an old school profile. I've just "discovered" CAP Cake Batter and found out I absolutely love it. It could have gone the other way either as Cake Batter is a notorious marmite flavour: you either love it or detest it. And even though there are lots of newer cake/ dough flavours around, none taste quite like CAP Cake Batter. Basically, it's a gooey, cheap-tasting vanilla dough which coats your mouth and messes up your face as you lick it off that giant wooden spoon.
It might be an old school flavour but still beats the hell out of more recent flavours if you're after that cheap birthday cake batter taste.
2% CAP Cake Batter is boosted with 2.5% CAP Sugar Cookie. 1% LA Cream Cheese Icing thicken things up with some tangy sugary icing. CAP Graham Cracker V2 was chosen over V1 as it's a lighter flavour and has a slight gingery cinnamon taste I love. It's a potent flavour and usually kept low but was raised to 1.25% to push that cinnamon through the thick cake batter layer. A dash of TFA Vanilla Swirl helps blend everything. Finally, 0.35% FLV Sweetness for the sweet tooth.
This one can be licked off the spoon the next day but best after 3.
A light creme brulee on a buttery digestive biscuit base.
I wanted to go for a creme brulee with my own twist so hope you like this offering. It's great as an ADV as it's not too rich yet still satisfying if you like custards with a biscuit bite.
2.25% INW Creme Brulee and 1% INW Custard make up the brulee layer. INW Creme Brulee is a light semi-custard with promising hints of caramel but lacks body. INW Custard was used to boost things but kept low at 1% as it's too buttery and eggy higher up so clashes with the buttery biscuit base. Finally, to top off the brulee layer, 1% FA Caramel adds a hint of that burnt, gritty, brown sugar glaze.
To add a light unobtrusive biscuit base, I went with an old-school formula, 1% FA Cookie and 0.50% INW Biscuit. Wanted to avoid CAP Sugar Cookie as I'm sugar-cookied out of it at the moment and also rely on it too much. Normally, FA Cookie or INW Biscuit wouldn't be my thing as individual flavours, but they work well together when you want a hint of buttery biscuit in your mixes.
As it stands, the biscuit base is semi-biscuity but still mediocre. It needs a kick so add 0.25% FA Breakfast Cereals and it tastes like a light nutty digestive biscuit. It's an extremely versatile flavour so well worth having in your mixing arsenal.
Overall, the biscuit layer is light and sits in the background but manages to add butteriness and texture to the brulee without making it too rich.
Finally, since it's a dessert and should be sweet, 0.35% FLV Sweetness.
This is lovely the next day but best after 3 days minimum; that's if you can hold out that long.
Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two shortbread biscuits. No faff, no bells and whistles, just a good ice cream vape.
This no-nonsense recipe is for indulging those summer ice cream cravings from childhood. It's simple, tasty and sweet.
CAP Vanilla Bean Ice Cream at 4% is nothing special. It's a generic but tasty plain ice cream with nice thickness. You can of course sub it with FW or TFA's equivalent. Have been growing fond of TFA Vanilla Bean Gelato lately. It's an old school flavour I've grown to like and thickens the ice cream base while adding some cheap but tasty bright vanilla notes; like in commercial ice creams.
As it stands, the ice cream base lacks buttery creaminess, however, don't want to resort to CAP Vanilla Custard, which throws the recipe off. LB Vanilla Ice Cream is a better fit here as it's loaded with diketones and lends buttery undertones at low percentages. Only a smidgen needed though as it runs riot when used over 1%.
For the shortbread sandwich, 2 % WF Shortbread Cookie is a no-brainer. It's a buttery, light biscuit flavour and FA, Cookie, which was raised from 0.50% to 0.75%, gives some crispy crust it lacks. By the way, I avoided adding chocolate here- an ice burger's biscuit contains a hint of cocoa- as it was too rich: wanted to keep this recipe straight forward.
Finally, to bump up that store-bought sweetness, 0.35% FLV Sweetness.
Best after 3 days, when the light buttery biscuit peeps through , but that didn't stop me from digging in the next day.
Boozy after-thought: It's funny how smells and tastes can encapsulate and evoke memories: that's why vaping will always trump smoking any day.
Here's a simple yet complex tasting, no fuss recipe. Have been playing around with INW Yes We Cheesecake and decided to keep it basic. It's pretty versatile so can be made into a cheesy number with HS Italian Cream or, my preference, mixed with a custard. Inawera's offering is more of a European style baked cheesecake with slight cream cheese and biscuit notes at 3%. It's nicely balanced for those who find CAP NY Cheesecake too much on the tangy cheese front.
3% INW Custard boosts the cheesecake with creamy custard notes giving it more body, while 1% INW Vanilla Shisha, a perfect light vanilla cream, rounds things out. I hate steeping and the good news is that after an overnight's steep, this is lovely. Best after 3 days though. Will post any updates on steeping changes.
Day 8: "phantom" lemon note from day 4 gone. Biscuit notes picking up. Really benefits from a sweetener boost.