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This is a sweet potato rice pudding inspired by the Haitian and Cuban influences on New Orleans. Is it a stretch thematically? Absolutely. I wanted to do a NOLA inspired recipe but I wanted to stray from what would generally be expected and this is what I came up with. I'm not going to bore you with the details of the trip around the world my mind takes when I brainstorm so here's my flavor notes.
VT Rice Base - Honestly I ordered this FOR this recipe and it just worked. It imparts a sweet sticky rice taste and texture to the whole mix. You get that grainy taste and mouthfeel from rice and a sweet undertone.
CAP Horchata - Sticking with the rice theme and adding a bit of cinnamon and flair to the recipe as a whole. I tried it higher and it gets to be a bit overpowering for me so I settled at 1.5 on this one to just add that touch of cinnamon evocative of fall.
FLV Vanilla Pudding - Brings a creamy mouthfeel to the recipe after a few days steep and knocks off some of the graininess from the Rice Base. Honestly I probably need to bring this down some, but this is more or less my first iteration of this recipe.
FA Coco/TPA Coconut Candy - I wanted to add some coconut to this and this is the combo and percentage I settled on. You may or may not taste it, I get it faintly and it helps add some sweetness to the rice base and brighten the recipe a touch.
HS Pumpkin Pie - yup. this is the "sweet potato" base. It's what I've got so I can't say much about it. Planning on experimenting with other things here in the future.
FA Carmel/FW Butterscotch Ripple - This is my go to combo for a buttery caramel note and it works well here. It adds some darkness and heaviness to the body and gives a buttery undertone. Really helps bring out the pumpkin pie in correlation with the CAP Horchata's cinnamon note.
This is very much a work in progress and a bit of a learning experience as well. Any and all criticism or advice is much appreciated.
Inw Malina Raspberry and TFA Sweet Raspberry make a really nice raspberry base for this recipe. FA Coconut at 2 percent to push the coconut note in the Pur Toasted Coconut Cheesecake (which is an excellent cheesecake). Caps NY Cheesecake and Custard V1 to give some extra body and mouthfeel. Add sweetener to your own preference. i mixed this and tossed it in my steep box but didnt get around to it for 3 weeks. It is very good. If i make any change at all i may push the coconut a tad more. I may order coconut candy or some other sweet coconut for this in the future.
Ive edited this recipe a little....i dropped FA Coconut to 1 percent and added 1 percent of TFA Coconut Candy. I love this version better. It tastes so good, its my current ADV.
An O.G. match made in Heaven . . . Five Pawn's Castle Long meets Fear's Cardinal. A smooth blend of caramel, bourbon, toasted coconut/almonds, vanilla, tobacco, and oak. The blend carries slight notes of coffee and cocoa, as well. I began this working on a clone of Castle Long and a Cardinal-based custard, when it dawned on me . . . drop the custard and make a Castle Long/Cardinal mash up. Even though it has not hasn't been around as long . . . Cardinal has far surpassed O.G. status, in my book. I mix this up 60vg/40pg. This works great as a SNV, but gets better with age. Enjoy with a cup of coffee blacker than Old Scratch's heart.
I wanted to do something tropical, and while going back through my notes I came across INW Cocopilada. The first thing I had written down was "very nice tropical blend of pineapple and coconut, reminiscent of a Pina Colada." Then right below that I had notes on INW Cherimoya which is a lovely flavor that screams tropical so I figured this was a perfect fit for what I was shooting for. There's notes of banana and pineapple in this, with a creamy richness most fruits just don't have.
For me, a mix has to be more than just a good flavor. It needs to match that profile when you actually vape it. Something like this I picture it as being thickened up from the banana, so I needed to build the body up a little more. Plus I like a dense satisfying vape!
TPA Banana Cream actually does a good job of this, and at 2.5% it gives this a nice richness and helps accent the banana notes I get in Cherimoya already.
Now, the only thing left to do is to sweeten up the coconut note and find a contrasting pineapple so it can stand out a bit more. I used TFA coconut candy only because it was a sweeter type coconut. That candied coconut helps it show up better in this mix. I tried a couple versions with FLV coconut and sweet coconut, but TFA just worked better for what I was going for.
FLV pineapple here was a pretty simple call. At 1% there's zero throat hit, and it adds a hint of tartness that helps stand up against the thicker banana. CAP golden pineapple is too sweet and it lacks bright top notes. When the majority of the fruits are base notes, I needed that pineapple to be bright so I didn't get buried.
This mix came out beautifully! It checked all my mandatory boxes to qualify as an ADV. From flavor to mouth feel this has it all.
You could add 1% of VT Light Rum if you want to give it a banana kissed pina colada vibe which is what I'm vaping right now and it's damn good. Or you could try adding your preferred coolant if you want to chill it, this works well there too.
This wasn't an overly complicated profile, but to get the body I wanted as well as getting certain notes to contrast one another was a bit tricky. It was fun to do though and all the testers were good.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I have been, I'm due to mix another bottle now.
You can S&V this, there's no harshness or anything but I find it hits the best balance after about 3 days. Banana Cream usually needs a few days to settle down for me and get in it's position
Wow! This was a huge challenge. As many mixers know, a really good chocolate is hard to develop. For one, it seems most, if not all, chocolates have off notes. Some have plastic notes, others have a mustiness, and others have both. While a good long steep can take out some of the off notes, it doesn't always go away and it's very hard to cover up these off notes. My approach was to find the one that had the lesser of the two evils and I think I found it.
Now the profile I was going for was my interpretation of Metix Golden Ticket. I'm not calling it a clone, but you can be the judge whether it's close or not.
Metix describes this profile as chocolate milk with a rich creamy twist. I'm not sure if that's an accurate description of the flavor I get, but it is a wonderful eliquid. To me, it absolutely does have a creamy twist but the chocolate milk part seems different than just a "chocolate milk". I get a chocolate fudge with slight caramel notes with just a hint of coconut and a very rich cream. It is a wonderful blend of chocolates and cream. So, here is how I approached it.
This was difficult. As I mentioned, there's just not a lot of chocolates out there that don't have off notes. But there is one that stands above the crowd, HS Australian Chocolate. This one seemed to have the least off notes and after a week steep no major detectable off notes. Off the shake it does have a slight mustiness but so much less than all the others I have tried. I had considered LB Lava Cake but that flavoring seems to be better in a bakery rather than a chocolate milk. HS Australian Chocolate at 3% was the best choice for this.
The HS Australian Chocolate, however, was not right own it's own for this profile. It needed that hint of coconut and that slight caramel I was tasting. Now I didn't want the coconut to take over the mix which is easily done if used too high. TPA Coconut Candy at .25% was all that was needed to make the chocolate have deeper dimension to it and to add a bit of sweetness. The caramel note was a bit harder. I wanted to add that slight caramel note but with out giving it a "butterscotch" taste. FW Salted Caramel is one of the best caramels out there, but it has a "nutty" note that I didn't feel was right for this mix. I settled on TPA Dulce De Leche Caramel at 1%. This was the perfect choice. It has a milky note like condensed milk that added to the "chocolate milk" part of the profile and a slight caramel.
The Creamy Twist:
Anytime I'm going for a "milk" the first flavoring I grab is FA Meringue. It seems to do so well as a milk in many profiles. But this profile needed a twist. I needed a deep rich milk to compliment the chocolate and HS Italian Cream was it. If anyone is wanting a full bodied rich cream I highly recommend HS Italian Cream. FA Meringue at 2% and HS Italian Cream at 1.5% was perfect for this "Creamy Twist" I was looking for.
Metix Golden Ticket is a very nice eliquid. It is, however, on the upper side of sweetness for me. But one thing I've learned is that chocolates need that sweetness. I added .5% CAP Super Sweet which may be too high for some, but that's the beauty of DIY, you can modify to your liking.
If you don't mind a very slight mustiness, this can be a shake and vape. However I suggest letting it steep for about a week and 2 weeks is even better.
I hope people that love Golden Ticket will mix this and see how close I've gotten. Any comments, reviews, good or bad is welcomed. It makes us all better mixers. :)
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