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Hey, this is the recipe release for a discontinued one shot at Chef's Flavours in the heartrendingly beautiful EJuiceMakers line. Shoutout to Chef's and everyone who picked this one up.
The original description was: "Chewy candy with a classic blend of cherry, strawberry, orange, and lemon. Stellar and explosive." What I couldn't say was that this is a starburst recipe. But like all the starbursts at once. Whatever. It was a good recipe.
I figured it probably needed some actual development notes, so here goes...
I had been playing around with the platonic concept of "the starburst" for a long ass time. And I thought I was making some headway. I had originally posted a simplified version of this recipe as BURST. The key part of the recipe, for me at least, was trying to nail down the texture. And I feel like we mostly got there.
This base wouldn't have been possible without guidance/wholesale theft. Kopel originally put me on to the Vanilla Swirl as a taffy base idea, and yeah, it works. Most taffy has a background vanilla, and a vanilla swirl has this weird waxy, thick texture to it. I remember going through revisions and nailing down 2.5% as the amount of vanilla swirl you could add without the maltol in the flavor muting everything to shit. Marshmallow is added to further bring up that chewy, waxy texture. TPA Marshmallow is another flavor that mutes, so .5% is about as high as I could stomach for the integrity of the mix. The Greek Yogurt was ripped off from Steam's appermelon gummy recipe. I still don't 100% understand why it works, but a touch of FLV Greek Yogurt really does add to the chew of a recipe, and the butyric notes steep out really, really quick.
Those three flavors together make for a hell of a chewy candy base when slammed up against big, bright fruit flavors.
A traditional american starburst mix is cherry, strawberry, orange and lemon. FW Starburst Type (or Star Candy or whatever non trademark infringing name they are selling this under this week) has a pretty damn accurate starburst orange and lemon vibe. I don't get any strawberry or cherry from it, but the citrus parts are bold, bright, and sweet with a pretty intense bite. The muting properties of the base soak up some of the bite, but I think it still gets the point across. TPA Strawberry isn't the best strawberry for the job here, but it does work. I needed a big, pink candy strawberry with some softer edges. JF Sweet Strawberry at 3% works better. Maybe use that one if you have it, but the TPA still delivers.
...AND THE CHERRY. You can hack together three cherry-ish flavors for something that doesn't taste like gasoline and almost looks like a cherry in the right light. Or you can just use TPA Cherry Extract if you can deal with a weak, candied cherry flavor that isn't garbage. It's weak though! And it has some water in it! So you'll never get a bold, vibrant cherry out of it, but it works as a complement and that's all I needed here.
This only has .5% of FW Sweetener in there. Feel free to sub in CAP SS. The recipe works with it. I think this was from a transitional period before I fully embraced sweetener for candy-type vapes. If I had to do it all over again I'd probably switch to SS at .5% or FW Sweetener at like 2%.
So, this is my best attempt at a normal-ass starburst recipe. I liked it. Steeping with this recipe is a bit tricky though. I think it needs at least a week for everything to settle down and thicken. And I think it gets too muted after 3-4 weeks. So it's definitely not perfect, but it's the closest I've tasted to a mouthful of classic starbursts.
An icy swirl of sweet strawberry and tart kiwi. These bold, syrupy fruit flavors complement and contrast with one another in a tangy and refreshing soda that I can’t get enough of.
FA Kiwi: Hands down the best kiwi flavor around, tart and sweet.
TFA Strawberry Ripe & CAP Strawberry Sweet & TFA Strawberry = a syrupy strawberry stone
TFA Dragonfruit to emulsify and preserve the strawberry flavor.
CAP Jelly Candy = Adds a bit of texture, also adds some candy vibes to the soda.
WS23 = Closest thing to a cold fizz you're going to get.
Optional variation: If you want a little more "soda bite", you can add 1% RF Soda Base.
This came out delicious on the first attempt, and subsequent variations haven't improved on this formula much, only slightly balancing the fruits. I've also tried this with other combinations of strawberries (including the daveberry trifectae) in place of this strawberry stone, but ended up returning to the individual formula, then boosting the Kiwi and slightly reducing the Strawberry and Strawberry Ripe to make the kiwi a little more prominent in the mix.
A delightful strawberry gummy flavor.
Super Sweet - The standard commercial e liquid kick. Sweetener usage from .25% to 1%
Cucumber & Cactus - My go to wetness/moist adder to a flavor. Gives a dry flavor some moistness.
Strawberry TFA and Ripe Strawberry TFA - I've found these two flavors go hand in hand, and helps with the strawberry component of a flavor not fade as quickly.
Swedish Gummy TFA - Just an all around nice gummy texture. Sorta swedish fish like, but not really IMO.