This was created mostly to combine some of my favorite flavors. When I was working on Cap'n Burgundy's First Mate, I discovered the beautiful pairing of FW Graham Cracker and brown sugar. I opted to go to the source, and use WF Molasses in place of TPA Brown Sugar. Then I added some texture to the back of FW Graham Cracker with FA Cookie to prevent the graham cracker taste from becoming overpowering. It was a lot of dry ingredients, so I finally found a place to use CC Devon Cream. Along with that I used FLV Cream and FLV Milk & Honey to achieve a nice textural balance. FA Maple Syrup is used for the maple and to sweeten the recipe overall. FLV Popcorn has a unique textural component that I wanted to use, and it provides a slight hint of caramel and butter in the background.
I made this one for a friend. It is a recreation of the ever popular combination of Nilla wafers and banana pudding. This version is a bit more exciting than the real thing, because I decided to add some eggy Vanilla Custard richness and actual banana to counter TPA Banana Cream.
VT Banana Custard makes up the authentic banana slices, but it's lacking in the custard department. CAP Vanilla Custard fills in for that with some intense richness and thickens the overall profile. TPA Banana Cream brings the artificial Jello banana pudding flavor, but only enough of it to be present. FLV Vanilla Pudding is where the name comes from. It's a pretty solid creamy pudding flavor that works as a blank canvas here. FA Cookie and VT Pudding base are used to give some Nilla Wafer texture to the experience. Lastly, the meringue is used because the reference picture had whipped cream, and I wanted something that would show up more and prevent the recipe from getting wispy.
This is the result of pitting my least favorite fruit flavor (Grape) against my favorite fruit flavor (Mango). There are two versions of this recipe, one with White Peach at 1%, and the other with FA Apricot (Armenia) at 1%. After gathering some information from test subjects, both need to be included because they're awesome for different reasons. I'm usually not a fan of anything grape flavored, but this makes it work. It is also probably worth a shot if you're not a fan of Mango.
Ahoy! 'tis me latest collaborative project, 'n I had th' pleasure o' workin' wit' a true gentleman 'n a scholar t' get it nailed down. Cap'n Burgundy 'n I 'ave been tryin' out numerous concepts, from th' enigma o' FA Breakfast Cereals t' th' cereal destroyin' FW Hazelnut. Thar were some moments o' pure joy, 'n some moments o' sheer terror (lookin' at ye Fizzy Sherbet). Let's walk th' plank.
FLV Cream 'n OOO Cream/Milky Undertones make up th' cream base fer th' cereal, 'n aye that's all ye needs. FLV Cream be easily one o' me fav'rit flavors, 'tis an awesome cream that I still can nah describe. OOO Cream/Milky Undertones adds some, ye guessed it, milky undertones t' th' vape without bullyin' th' cereal too much. Movin' onto th' yellow, mouth-destroyin' loot pieces. FA Cookie adds some separation from th' cream base 'n all-around great texture t' th' cereal. Cereal 27 be wha' makes up th' yellow puffed corn bits, 'n gives a general "cereal" quality. Brown Sugar was Cap'n Burgundy's trick, hijacked from Breakfast Bowls #1. It adds some dark sweetness 'n makes th' Captain Crunch mighty tasty.
Now 'tis me time t' shine. When we started this adventure, I was in charge o' findin' a TPA Crunchy Berry Soap substitute. In th' words o' th' cap'n hisself, "I bloodhounded it, 'n when ye try it ye'll say, 'That Alfred sure knows wha' he's doin' wit' his schnozz.'" Forest Fruit be th' answer t' th' crunch berry pieces, 'n wit' some brightenin' from Strawberry (ripe) 'n Super Sweet, it beats TPA Crunchy Berry Cereal by nigh-on half a league.
This my first 1-2-3 recipe. The Virginia Tobacco is a sweet, leafy flavor. I used TPA Pear and FLV Apple Filling to bend it into something else entirely. I wouldn't really say this qualifies as a tobacco recipe. It's more of a rustic and light autumnal fruit mix with a hint of cinnamon. The steeping part is up to you. It works as a shake and vape recipe, but FLV tobaccos are known to get better at the two week mark.
The Mixers' Club topic for September was "Back to School", and this was my submission. I wanted to create a fusion of beer and energy drinks to really capture the quintessence of the theme, and I thought this was finished until I read ID10-T's feedback:
Hop infused rhubarb and dragonfruit energy drink is a crazy profile, but i think this just about gets it done. I’ve got like 1,200 flavors and somehow this recipe has two that I don’t have, Green Goblin and Pink Panther, so I was intrigued to try it. It’s cold but not too cold and I’m not sure it’s something I’d want to taste without it being nicely chilled. The green energy drink flavor was never my favorite but it seems to just mostly fill this all out. My favorite thing about it is that after the hit of coolant and in front of this constant backdrop of green stuff I get a progression of flavors, hops, INW dragonfruit, that nifty sort of rhubarb sweetened with red berry juice. All of them intensify with extended vaping like watching a play and getting to know the cast of characters and caring about them so much that the fact that it’s cold in the theater and the curtain is an unnatural neon sticky sweet green isn’t super distracting anymore.
If I could change one thing about this recipe, it’s that the overall flavor is a touch light to me. Normally I appreciate that in that it won’t wear out my palate but this is such an odd combo that I feel like it ought to be LOUD as well as weird. I only tried it in my favorite RDA so this an untested theory, but I have a feeling that if I put it in a shitty subohm tank with prebuilt coils it would taste like cold sweet nothing. I want this to be something that would be plenty of flavor in that sort of setup. I want my face blasted off with these flavors. I don’t want it overdone and throwing up off notes everywhere, but I do want it pushed right up to the limit, just every flavor in here giving me its all. A crazy bold mix for a crazy bold profile, no feather touch stuff, no more Mr. Nice Guy. If I had bought this as a one-shot mixed it at 12%, I’d try it again at 15%. Might wind up regretting it, but I’d at least give it a shot.
After reading this, I knew he understood the vision. So I went back to work and made this thing aggressive, confusing, and obnoxiously loud.. just like it should be. Some of the nuance and layering was destroyed in the process, but that's not what we're here for. I didn't want to add an excessive amount of neon green "Monster" flavor, so I just added 1% to the original formula. I turned the Fizzy Sherbet up to 4% from 1.25%, which is what really makes this thing fight back. Yakima Hops went from 1.5% to 2% to add some bite. Anything past 1.5% with Pitaya made the thing too floral, so that was as far as I could take it from 1%. Finally, the most difficult thing to figure out was Pink Panther. It really knows how to dominate a mix so I could only take it up to .6% from .5% without getting too weird. It adds just the right amount of rhubarb/red currant without covering up everything else.
For October's Mixers' Club prompt, I was tasked with revisiting my biggest failure of a recipe and making it work. When I first started mixing, I wanted to create a cola recipe without using any cola flavorings. From what I had gathered they were all pretty lackluster, and I wanted to solve a problem many people were facing. It was a tremendous error in judgement, and I wanted to abandon it completely. If Concrete River didn't make this eloquent challenge, and ID10-T didn't make his decision to conquer his fear, I wouldn't have accomplished a major goal and brought this to life.
Normally I would put a lot of development notes here, and explain why I made the decisions that ended up in the recipe, but I'm not going to do that with this one. I want you to mix it up if you're interested in an awesome cola recipe, and know that I put a lot of effort into it. Another part of the prompt was to explain what I'm doing differently now, which I think could benefit many people. The first major difference in my mixing was brought about by Jennifer Jarvis. I knew early on that she utilized smell quite a bit, but I didn't understand how important it was. I stopped making recipes with percentages and suggestions, and just started following my nose like Toucan Sam. I would try to elaborate, but I wouldn't do it justice. Just go find Jennifer Jarvis and she'll give you some amazing pointers.
Another major difference in my style is the application of vast amounts of information I have gathered. There are so many incredible resources on YouTube, Reddit, and Discord that have made my experience truly awesome. People that are willing to answer any question you can conjure, give suggestions on ways to make an idea work, and provide inspiration for creative new recipes. I'm very thankful for all of them, and I look forward to coming up with countless things for everyone to try.
After trying out numerous vanilla flavorings (i.e., INW Shisha Vanilla, TPA Vanilla Swirl, FA Madagascar), I was still unhappy with the results. I wanted something to bring some serious depth to the vanilla from FLV Vanilla Pudding, without altering the texture that was already there. FA Bourbon (Vanilla) is an authentic spicy vanilla note that does wonders in this recipe. Pudding does have trace amounts of egg, and FLV Vanilla Pudding wasn't bringing that to the table. So I decided to use INW Custard at a low percentage. I think it blends into the profile enough that you probably wouldn't realize it's there without reading the recipe and adding it yourself.
VT Golden Syrup was here from the very beginning of the process. It is an awesome flavor, and I wanted to use it for adding sweetness and nuance to the pudding. It started out at .5% and kept going up with every variation to the point it sits at now. The flavor is what I imagine happens to sugar used in a pudding recipe while it's cooked. It's not dark enough to be a caramel, but enough to add some delicious complexity to the mix. FLV Sweet Coconut is used to bring out some buttery richness from the profile. FLV Vanilla Pudding is the star of the recipe. When I first tested this flavor I honestly wasn't a big fan. However, after trying it out in other peoples' creations, I came around and embraced it. My opposition was most likely a symptom of expecting only excellence from a fellow pudding, and focusing on the flaws instead of the strengths. This flavor has an outstanding texture, and it is incredibly versatile in bakery and dessert recipes.
The INW - Yes, We Cheesecake is the best cheesecake flavor available and creates the base for the trinity. Capella - New York Cheesecake is the first support flavor, bringing an additional note of caramelized sugar for the crust, adding some serious creaminess, and opening the bridge to vanilla flavors a bit more. Lastly, the TFA - Cheesecake (Graham Crust) completes the crusty undertone portion of the trinity and adds another hint of dairy. This trio can be used in any capacity to add an authentic and delicious cheesecake profile to a recipe. It's okay in a SNV, but I really suggest waiting about a week for it to come together.
This recipe was inspired by the MixinVixens blueberry ice cream recipes. It utilizes EdibleMalfunction's Holy Trinity of Blueberry. I specifically picked Rin's Blueberry Ice Cream recipe as the inspiration for this, because she mixes at low percentages, and it really demonstrates the versatility of the cheesecake trinity. My favorite ice cream base is a combination of FLV Cream and vanilla, found in both Rin's Recipe and Longing. FLV Cream is a bit hard for me to summarize, other than by saying it's an incredible cream flavor and should be added to everything. Vanilla Swirl is the most common vanilla, with a smooth and unobtrusive vanilla taste and a ridiculous amount of body. FA Bilberry adds an awesome depth and muskiness that helps combat the muting effect of vanilla swirl, and it should always be used at a low percentage if you don't want to end up in Funky Town. FW Blueberry brings the blueberry flavor to the top with a bold somewhat-artificial flavor. TFA Blueberry (Extra) is a natural blueberry that helps tie into the ice cream seamlessly. You can try this with or without the WS-23, it was added because ice cream is cold.
Inspired by Rin's Blueberry Ice Cream