Flavor Profile: creamy easy simple smooth
Used in 3585 recipes at an average of 1.293%.
I was hoping to get this done with just one concentrate but taking the hard cracked toffee too high resulted in too much coffee, I tried FW salted caramel and it was too rough by the time I got it high enough for the same caramel taste so I chose chefs choice/CCW and it worked out perfectly, there was a slight fresh cream/milk note in the original so I added 1% fresh cream. The 1st revision I made had 2% super sweet in it but the sweetness was at the front and in the original it came after the coffee/caramel so I reduced the super sweet to 0.75 and added the marshmallow which seems to layer the sweetener in the same way as the original does. This is 95% there if I fucked with the %’s a bit more I could get it 100% but it would be fiddly and so much of this clone/remix game comes down to perception and you can’t please everyone but I’m happy enough to put it out there and say “can you do better?” :)
I know there is probably some difference in concentrates between the original and the remix but it’s that close why be picky 😆
Rudolph on Acid - My Christmas gift to the mixing community.
This is not a remix/clone of SMAX - Pony On Acid, it is however, inspired by that profile . I've been working for some time to clone Pony on Acid, and I've gotten close but it's not ready for release. I did however, want to release my version of what I imagined this profile could be.
SMAX describes Pony On Acid as "A blend of magical berries laced with a euphoric strawberry glaze." The images SMAX uses to describe this profile includes, strawberries, pineapple, and raspberries atop a light, fluffy cream, and that truly describes what I taste in the original. However, there are some off notes in the original that I get. There is a "hairspray" or "floral" note that is very off-putting and the "cream" layer seems a bit thin. So, I decided to use the profile as a guide but approach it differently.
To me, the cream needed to be fuller, and have more of a mouth-feel. I decided to go with a custard, but not a very "eggy" custard. FA Custard Premium was just right for this. If you're in the USA, you'll probably have a hard time finding this flavoring because FA North America doesn't want it sold in the USA. But DIY-ers can still purchase it through www.chefsflavours.co.uk .
In the original, I could definitely taste a marshmallow and it fit very well with the profile, so I stayed with that note and used FA Marshmallow at 2%.
The original's description states it is "laced with a euphoric strawberry glaze". You can simulate a "Strawberry Glaze" in many different ways. You use CAP Sweet Strawberry in conjunction with another strawberry and maybe add TPA Sweet Raspberry, and I actually did use that in some of my versions. However, I think the TPA Sweet Raspberry was what was giving the mix a "Hairspray" off note. I decided not to add a raspberry note and by doing so, eliminated the off note. Also, to keep with the profile and to consolidate the recipe as much as I could, I used only one strawberry, JF Strawberry Sweet. It has a nice "cooked" strawberry note much like a strawberry glaze.
The original's description doesn't mention anything about a pineapple. However, in all of the images SMAX uses to describe the profile, they show pineapple with the strawberries and in the original I definitely get a pineapple note. They are probably using CAP Golden Pineapple but in my mix it seemed a bit weak even at 1.5%. I decided I wanted a more distinct pineapple and TPA was the obvious choice, but you have to be careful with it because it can be harsh over .5% and can take over a mix. So I used it very low at only .25%.
I added Super Sweet at .5% to lift everything up make it more vivid. If that's too much, you can always reduce it to your liking.
I do believe this mix stays true to the profile while expressing my own preferences. Anyone who enjoys Pony On Acid, I hope, will enjoy this as well. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This can be a shake and vape but it's best to steep it for 2-5 days.
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A creamy and rich milk chocolate recipe.
Sweetener is not necessary, but makes for a much more authentic experience.
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