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This was an idea I have to give ID10-T credit for. Back in November, he mentioned his brother bringing a dessert to Christmas every year. Which consisted of raw cranberries covered in molten hot white chocolate and then cooled. This is appropriately called Cranberry Crack. Well, while ID10-T was busy mowing down some competition in the mixer contests, I was still salivating at the thought of this. So I decided to build a recipe around that concept. It was only after a couple versions that I realized that I wanted to take a little different approach.
While I never have tried this Cranberry Crack, I knew raspberries and white chocolate are amazing together. So why not add them to the mix. I thought this was going to be pretty easy and straight forward. But quickly discovered that balancing the white chocolate with the fruits, would prove to be challenging.
FLV/FW White Chocolate - MF White Chocolate I still feel is one the best. But, for the life of me, couldn't get it to work in this. I probably could've made a dilution and maybe make it work, but I moved on. I'm not that big of a fan of TFA's offering, so knew that was out. That left me with the only other one I had, which was FW. I really like their version. It's creamy, buttery and has a nice little vanilla note to it. I originally had this at 3% and was going to be the only WC in this recipe. Then, with a big shout out to Brendon, in came a big box of flavors from Flavorah. Well, white chocolate was the first one I reached for. This did not disappoint. Very rich with a heavy cream. Not sure I was picking up as much vanilla as FW, but this was delicious. I had to have this under 1%, to keep it from bogging down the other flavors. I kept FW in this but just dialed it back a little.
INW Shisha Vanilla - By far, one of the best and most versatile vanillas in my arsenal. This is pulling double duty here. It brings just a touch more vanilla and adds bit of creaminess to the white chocolate.
FLV Cranberry/FA Pom - This got a little tricky. FLV's version is very much like OceanSpray Cranberry juice. Not as tart as you would expect for a cranberry. But, imo, is the best authentic (as apposed to candy-like) offering. Not one of their stronger flavors. I found I had to keep raising the % to hold up to the creams. My goal was to try to bend this into a regular cranberry, instead of a juice. TFA's version wasn't bad but just seemed like a unsweetened juice. CAP's Cranberry was just not that good. But FA Pomegranate had that tartness and has a thickness, I was looking for. It gave the cranberry a sort of cooked feel to it. I just needed to keep it low enough that none of those floral notes would shine through.
FA Raspberry/INW Shisha Raspberry - While I knew I wanted FA all along, Shisha worked surprisingly well with it. I find FA to be one of the best. It's realistic but doesn't carry much tartness. Almost like a cooked raspberry with some sugar. Has some floral and maybe earthy undertones. INW Shisha almost has the same notes. With some earthiness and kind of floral accents, but in a completely different way (if that makes any sense at all). INW has a bit more of the tartness that you would expect from a raspberry.
Steep Time : 7- 10 days
Dewy-Granate is a fresh and IMO realistic tasting mix of honeydew melon and pomegranate. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
FA's Pomegranate is my favorite pomegranate flavor, because it is so close to the actual fruit. It's both sweet and tart and has a hint of bitterness, like the original fruit. It is not so easy to blend in fruit mixes, because it easily overwhelms a lot of other fruits. But I found it works pretty good in this mix.
INW Melon & CAP Cantaloupe
The combination of these two melon flavors gave the best result for a realistic honeydew melon flavor. INW Melon is a bit strong, so I used it at a low percentage. It has the tendency to be a bit "throaty" in the fresh mix, which goes away after a few days of steep.
Notes: mixed at 80/30 (VG/PG). Steep: minimum steep over night, best after 2-4 days.
This is my first entry in my first competition, therefore I found it fitting to name it after the first heavy metal song in history... It was supposed to be called "In the Garden of Eden" however the lead singer of Iron Butterfly was so messed up, he slurred the words together, thus In A Godda Da Vidda was born. To me this truly tastes like a blend chosen from the fresh, fantastical, and abundant Garden of Eden. Heavenly indeed!
This is a velvety, delicate yet flavorful and exotic fruit blend that could easily be an ADV. This mix is very smooth right out of the gate with no harshness, which is sometimes difficult to do with fruits. Despite the complimentary fusion of these ingredients you can still pick out quite easily all of the flavors and how they add to and refine the entire recipe.
TFA Papaya - I wanted this entry to be a bit tropical in nature and I really love what the papaya does. It has a deep sweetness that really shines in this mix with a touch of muskiness. I wanted something that was sweet but also balanced with a gentle tart flavor and papaya fills this gap beautifully.
FA Pomegranate - I just love how this flavor adds an extra bit of juicy tartness to this recipe. It"s succulent and bright and compliments the fleshy papaya. I chose FA's offering over TFA because it seemed more authentic to me and has a touch of a bitter note that I really wanted to bring out in this mix. I wanted this blend to be multi dimensional and to showcase the complexity of these melded flavors.
CAP Sweet Tangerine - This sweetens up the mix and adds some delightful citrus. This flavor normally has quite a throat hit, but at this percentage and in this particular mix it is surprisingly polished. I have added just enough tangerine too to add a mellow but sweet tang to the papaya and pomegranate. The result in my opinion is a sophisticated yet fresh fruit combination.
Buttered Toast + Blueberry Jam. POW!
Jam Monster Blueberry clone. Still tweaking but liking it very much so far. Suggestions welcome!
UPDATE 1/27/17: add 3% TFA Butter to prev recipe and it's even better (β testers are telling me it's amazing). But. As tasty as it is, it's not the clear, precise clone I'm looking for. Not yet. I'm thinking of starting over, greatly simplifying, just bc right now it's blending very nicely and that makes it hard to discern where the "problem" lies. For me, this isn't just to make another tasty juice. The goal is to sharpen my skills at making a specific target. One that can at least somewhat be objectively verified - as much as a decision from taste buds between different individuals can be rendered objectively, anyway.
To this end, I'd be immensely grateful if some of you very experienced mixers out there would give this a try and share your comments? Thank you very much in advance...
I've been trying to figure out a recipe I liked using INW White Grapefruit and this is the result. The flavor profile is a nice grapefruit followed by the vanilla which gives a nice glaze over the pomegranate and a general tropical end.
INW White Grapefruit: This is the main note of the recipe. I use this at 1% as it is a strong flavoring and is quite smooth. I really like this flavoring a lot but took awhile to figure out what to pair it with. This gives the inhale a really good grapefruit taste.
INW Shisha Vanilla: My favorite vanilla flavoring by far, this gives a nice sweet glaze of vanilla over the fruit notes. At first I used 1% but felt it wasn't enough but 1.5% seems to work for what I want it to do in this recipe.
FA Pomegranate/TFA Pomegranate: This is something I've been doing with pomegranate in general is using both of these flavorings together to accentuate each other. What I find is FA at 1% and TFA at 3% gives me a very nice pomegranate that sits behind the grapefruit, in front of the tropical notes and right under the vanilla.
TFA Dragonfruit: At first this recipe was just the Grapefruit, Pomegranate and Vanilla and it got harsh on me quick. For this reason I decided to change some pace up and try adding in a bit of a tropical flavor to it and Dragonfruit does a great job with that. Since it has a similar profile as pineapple does and has a bit of a creamy note to it, this helps smooth out the recipe and adds in a nice tropical note.
FA Passionfruit: This was a wild guess. Upon flavor testing this I noticed it had a nice sweet tropical fruit note that made sense to pair it with the dragonfruit and it works really well to make a tropical fruit profile that comes through at the end of the exhale.
FA Fuji: I use Fuji to tie up all the fruit flavors together and smooth it all into one nice flavor. Originally I used it at 1% but bumped it just a bit to 1.5% for a little extra help.
Overall a nice clean Grapefruit, Pomegranate and Tropical Fruit vape with a nice vanilla shine. Shake and Vape, I mix at 80vg/20pg personally but you do you baby.
No catchy recipe name or extensive notes or meticulous master crafting here. Threw a bunch of tropical flavorings together to see if I could get a tasty shake and vape. And voila, it's pretty damn tasty. Even better after sitting over night. If you have he flavorings and the hankering for a smooth/sweet tropical fruit/mango juice then definitely give this baby a shot. Also could replace TPA meringue with FA Meringue at 0.75%
OK - its a bit late for summer, but there are still hot days in Autumn, right?