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I took a purely conceptual route here, which is probably best when discussing the how's and why's of making a monster into a vape. That said, it really did turn into a monster in its own right.
WF SC Starfruit - the face of our titular demigorgon. Pretty, and tasty, fruit for the face of a hideous beast.
FA Blood Orange - The monster is, or should be, just about consistently soaked in the blood of its various victims, so a tasty bit of citrus from blood orange made as much sense as anything to me.
INW Shisha Strawberry & FA Red Touch - Syrupy red strawberries working in lock step with the blood orange to really sell the viscous "blood" aspect.
FW Waffle & LB Belgian Waffle - I sort of struggled to give this mix a bit of body at first, thinking on it for quite a while before it dawned on me: Eleven fucking LOVES Eggos. While this is not exactly an eggo, what it actually ends up as is a lightly cinnamon spiced waffle strong enough to stand up to the heavy fruit syrup piled upon it.
The Candy/Jammy Wizard is really just blending the fruits together into a cohesive whole, but at the same time "Wizard" does fit the motif of a fantastical scenario.
A Co-worker put me up to this. His "favorite juice of all time" is called the Strawberry by Drip wich. Traditionally commercial juice, and cloning aren't really my thing, but I agreed to take a crack at the profile. I've no desire to actually clone the original, but the profile was at least potentially tasty so, why the hell not?
The Ice cream base here is shamelessly stolen from @eyemakepizza. I know it's not going to be the one in a commercial juice, but I wanted to make this decadent without falling into oversweet, and the ben and jerry's esque rich creamy concoction the pizza man put together is perfect for that.
The waffle base is pretty straightforward, both TFA belgian and FW waffle have holes in their overall profile. neither is quite right on their own, but by their powers combined you end up with a pretty accurate and tasty rendition of a lightly vanilla'd and slightly maple'd up waffle. maybe not as fluffy as a real Belgian waffle, but for the purposes of a breakfast treat being used as a sandwich around some ice cream and strawberry syrup it works quite well.
The strawberry combo is simple, INW shisha strawberry is a syrupy mess, strongly reminiscent in my mind of nestle's strawberry syrup. To boost that up, and give it a bit of body without venturing off into a full on strawberry Red touch works quite well to bring some balance to the whole ordeal.
A delicious jam covered waffle. Shake and vape certified. Fresh strawberry jam flavor that was a little strong but calms down with time.
Jam - Shisha Strawberry, Strawberry (ripe), Sweet Strawberry - These 3 strawberries make up a sweet delicious strawberry jam.
Syrup - Golden Syrup - Fills out the middle of the vape for me. With a 4 week steep, the Golden Syrup really pops.
Waffle - Belgian Waffle and Waffle - The combo of these two is great, you get some of the fluffy Belgian waffle while still having some of the burned waffle from straight off the waffle iron.
Cream Topping - Sweet Cream and Whipped Cream - This finished the recipe with a bit of cream for good measure.
I don't remember much from childhood. I think I simply killed off many of those brain cells in my delinquent adolescence, but I do have one fond memory that I doubt I'll ever forget.
I remember I was maybe 3 or 4, in pre-school, and my dad had been working odd hours all week so we had barely seen each other at home. This particular day, he didn't have to go in. My mom typically took me to school, but this time my dad offered -- except when we make it to the school, he simply keeps driving his 70s Ford Explorer straight past the drop off area. Confused, I ask him where we're going and he smiles while answering "we're playing hookie!" I'd never heard the term, so that didn't help relieve my confusion at all, but it sounded fun so I went with it.
We went and got some cheap McDonalds pancakes, played some minigolf, and saw a movie for the day.
With the story of quality time spent doing goofy shit with a loving father as inspiration, I'm submitting this as my entry to December's mixers club theme. The theme this month (and last?) is telling a story, and this just felt like the right thing to share. This is a simple, fast food pancake & maple syrup. How about some recipe notes?
FW Waffle + CAP VCC + PUR Cookie + FLV Cupcake batter: This is the pancake. FW waffle does a pretty good job as the foundation here, but to myself and most others it's just not cakey enough. That's where Van Cupcake comes in, except VCC is pretty hefty on the palette and has a strong icing kinda vibe to me for some reason. So I kept it low and helped mellow out some of it's heavy vanilla and icing notes with FLV cupcake batter. Add some soft crumble with PUR Cookie, chose this over FA cookie as it's a bit softer of a cookie IMO.
FA Butterscotch + FA Maple Syrup: These sort of team up with the nice maple notes in FW Waffle to provide a great gooey, buttery syrup without being overpoweringly MAPLE.
FA Joy + CAP LMP: Bit of a twist. My dad nowadays likes to cook his pancakes with a bit of lemon juice in the batter for some sweet zing and almost fries them so they have a really nice crispy ring around the edges. So I tried to include those notes in this, still unsure if they're coming through but I feel like I taste some fried stuff and soft lemon in the background somewhere occasionally.
OFFNOTES: As a certain reddit flavor review put it, FW Waffle can taste like you're just licking a hot iron. I tried to keep it at a respectable but low enough range to avoid this but sometimes I still get a hint of it. If you like slightly burnt pancakes from a cast iron pan, it may not bother you though. Hoping that with time a long steep will help the syrup and cakes blossom enough to cover it up.
Who doesn't enjoy a short stack of waffles on a Saturday/Sunday morning?
I used LB Belgian Waffle, TPA Waffle (Belgian), and FW Waffle because the three seem to work so well together. I actually got the idea from Noted on Youtube (I LOVE that show).
The JF Biscuit adds a bit of stability, while the FW Yellow Cake brings a little body.
Let this steep for 2-3 weeks, and enjoy!
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