This recipe was a bit of a personal challenge for me. The goal was to convert my cola into a bubblegum with the fewest amount of changes possible. It started out with some research on what goes into making a bubblegum. It turns out that the flavoring components used in gum are already fairly in line with many other recipes from the 20th century, using things like cinnamon, vanilla, and citrus oils. The significant differences were the inclusion of mint, which makes sense for a chewing gum, and the inclusion of flavors such as banana and strawberry in more modern versions.
I started out by removing VT Fizzy Sherbet because bubblegum isn't fizzy, and it doesn't have a dominant lemon/lime flavor. TPA Wintergreen took its place, and then I started trying various fruits out to see the effect they would have. Strawberry was my initial assumption, so I tried out WF Strawberry Gummy Candy, INW Shisha Strawberry, TPA Ripe Strawberry, and several others. None of them were headed in the right direction so I broke out my banana flavors and started smelling them. My first idea was to use WF Banana Candy, but it didn't fit the bill so I moved onto WF Banana Puree. As soon as I smelled it I knew that was the right choice, so the rest was a percentage game. 1% was the perfect amount to not stand out from the rest of the mix as an obviously banana flavored gum. The real issue was finding the correct percentage for TPA Wintergreen. I tried out everything from .5% to 2% and found myself lingering at 1% originally. Unfortunately the brighter parts of the orange and banana were still a bit too apparent after a steep, so I moved the wintergreen up to 1.25% and then 1.5%.
Now that the development notes are out of the way I need to thank some awesome people. Graham was the person that really planted the idea in my head. I was originally against it for the most part because there are already some awesome bubblegum flavors available like MB American Bubblegum. It wasn't until Dave commented on a Reddit post that I should make 007 Bubblegum that I actually committed to the idea. Then once I was fairly happy with the mix I asked a few people to try it out for me. Eyemakepizza and Shyndo were kind enough to give it a shot and they both seemed to really enjoy it. Shyndo made an excellent point about the validity of this creation. He noticed that bubblegum flavors were difficult to work into a mix because they were mostly top-notes that would clash with other fruits. So after testing this out with some additional fruits I felt better about this silly project. Feel free to make your own version of this recipe using your favorite fruit flavoring and let me know what you think.
I've been working on this one for a while. Before I even had the idea for Cabin, I wanted to capture the idea of rain in a vape. Now that it's Spring I decided to get back to work and finish this thing. I'll try to include some development notes, but it was mostly just trying things that reminded me of being outside in the rain and countless adjustments.
I started working on this before I picked up WF Starfruit and after trying it I knew it was the right place to start. It's a flavor that really captures a clean, slightly citrus dominant, water-filled fruit. I was working with this higher in the beginning from 3-3.5% but it was too aggressive to blend into the rest of the profile. Since it had to be at a lower percentage I wasn't getting the same effect, so I decided to add .25% INW Cactus to bring back some of that water content while obfuscating the Starfruit flavor a bit.
Then I started to bring in some florals that wouldn't bully the profile too much or stick out. The first addition was Hibiscus Candy. I was working with this one lower towards the beginning at around 2.5-3% but it wasn't showing up enough with the Starfruit in there. I decided to see what happened if I push it fairly high and it ended up working perfectly to add a solid amount of body and tone down the citrus in Cactus and Starfruit a bit. It still seemed lacking so I added TPA Honeysuckle at 1% and hoped for the best. I really enjoyed what it was doing to the overall idea so I started incrementally increasing it and it landed at 3%. It really helps to sell the rain concept, provides some more floral nuance, and brings an almost apple-like quality to the recipe.
Finally I wanted to add something to bring a blue hue to the recipe and make it just a little bit brighter overall. I landed on VT Bilberry Ripe because it's an awesome blueberry (kinda grape?) jam flavor and it did exactly what I was hoping for. It started down around 1% but I brought it up as much as possible without it showing up in the final product as a separate thing. Then to make it even more refreshing I tossed in .5% WS-23, but feel free to use your usual amount of cooling additive here. After making this I found that many people before me have had the idea to capture rain in a vape, so hopefully my edition is good enough to stand among them.
I made this one for Noted: Popcorn. WF Caramel Popcorn and Peanuts makes this job much easier. It's a great start and delivers on all three fronts, but it needs some help to read as authentic Cracker Jack. The HS Caramel Toffee is perfect for darkening and solidifying the caramel used in Caramel Popcorn and Peanuts. I honestly didn't expect it to work as well as it did. It actually registers as the same dark caramel used to cover the popcorn in the real deal. Then I added the FLV Popcorn to bring that fluffy popcorn texture to the table, and help the WF Caramel Popcorn and Peanuts balance back towards popcorn dominant. I like to add some sweetener for authenticity, but it's not absolutely essential here.
This is a recipe I made after learning that ID10-T had never tried an awesome chocolate cake vape. It's the first official utilization of my cake layer, which is 2.5% WF Angel Cake, 1.5% OOO Corn Bread, and 1% JF Yellow Cake. Then I added LB Lava Cake to bend it into chocolate cake territory, FLV Coconut to add some serious richness and depth to the chocolate note, and finally VT Chocolate Mousse to add the finishing touch of well... chocolate mousse.
Edit: Adjusted FLV Coconut to .25% because Dave was right.
This was supposed to be a collaboration with Concrete River. Unfortunately the only adjustment my first version needed was moving VT Fig from .25% to .75%. If you're a strange person that wants to vape a Fig Newton replica, this is your recipe. As much as Concrete would like to say he had nothing to do with this creation, he was the person that introduced and recommended using VT Red Dates. It's used to fill out the inner dimension of our factory-pressed cookies with fruit paste perfectly. If you're a Newton connoisseur you know they're thicker than a snicker, so I used JF Biscuit, CAP Sugar Cookie, and FA Cookie to get you there. Then I added the AP version of cinnamon with FLV Cinnamon Crunch for the tiniest hint of spice in the background. I know that VT Fig is pretty much black licorice in a bottle, but after steeping at .75% I assure you there's no black licorice in these bars. It's essential for accuracy.
This is the result of a collaboration with Max Savage and originated from an idea that Silky had. Silky recommended that I try FA Passion, FA Papaya, and FA Guava together to scratch my itch for a funky fruit mix. I tried it out, but it wasn't weird enough. So Max Savage and I went through a few iterations to nail down an odd, but delicious combination of flavors. The end result is somewhat of a tropical smoothie, and I really enjoy it.
We started out using Guanabana, but it didn't get along with the profile so it was tossed. Yakima Hops any higher was adding too much bitterness, and CAP Sweet Mango wasn't showing up enough at 3%. My favorite part of this mix is FA Papaya, it adds a wonderful and smooth quality to the vape, and tones down all of the sharper edges of Yakima Hops and Pink Guava. FA Passion adds some nice brightness, and the super sweet makes everything pop.
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.