With the weather changing and the holidays not too far off, I wanted to start working on some seasonal recipes. The first that was on my mind was a nice spiced vanilla cream.
As much as I love custards, I didn't want to go down that road, I wanted something different. What I envisioned was a creamy vanilla, and just kissed with a bit of spiced. Like if you were to take a thick vanilla icing and add a holiday spice blend to it, and after working on different bases, I was able to create one that gave me what I wanted.
Bavarian Cream & Vanilla Pudding:
Really make a nice thick base for this to set on with a that plays right into the profile.
French vanilla deluxe:
If you're ever looking for a rich vanilla that can punch through a heavy base, I suggest trying it in your next recipe. It's not that vanilla TFA uses in other flavors like VBIC or swirl, it's different and perfect in something like this where you want a vanilla to stand out while adding a thickness...that isn't a custards.
VT Buttercream Frosting:
This is a wonderful flavor, and at 1.5% I was able to get the flavor out of it to blend with the cream base. There's room to go higher, but I wanted to keep it even with the next star of this, and that's the Milk & Honey. These together add such a great element to this mix. You get that Frosting note I was looking for and a sweet richness that goes well with the cream.
Now this all by itself is honestly very good and could be an ADV for me... however, I wanted spiced vanilla cream.
The easiest part of creating this was which spice to use. FLV does spices better than anyone, and eggnog is no exception. It's not crazy potent like clove or rich cinnamon and 1% here gives me a smooth spice kissed vanilla cream. It doesn't turn this into an eggnog by any means, so don't think that at all. I used my vanillas and creams carefully so this didn't happen. There's no egg, we only got the spices from it here and it's delicious!
Sweeten to taste. I mix with 1% FW sweetener but you can adjust. I do suggest a little for the profile though.
Let it set for at least 5-7 days, it allows the creams get in place and the spice to smooth out and warm up.
I hope anyone that mixes this enjoys it as much as I've been
Here's a nice flavorful blackberry lemonade. This lemonade base can be used with other fruits, just respect the balance and have fun playing with it. I used it here with blackberry because I like the depth a dark berry gives to something bright like a lemonade.
The FW blackberry at 1.5% is more than enough to add that sweet, mashed up blackberry flavor. This is one of my favorite blackberries. It can be a bit candied if used higher, but I used a touch of Forest Fruit here to add a bit of complexity and keep that candy note in check.
This 3 lemon combo is so good. CAP Lemon Sicily helps drive the lemon. It's not tart and whispy like FA (although I do like FA too) and it has more staying power. You could use something like FE lemon here to do the same thing.
The FLV & VT lemonade as a team make the perfect duo for a lemonade. I could have went simple and used FW lemonade at 6% or LA, or even PUR which has a solid lemonade...but none of these by themselves gives me what I wanted. This combo has a nice brightness, and the flavor is undeniably lemonade. It's not lemon juice, or lemon peel...it's lemonade with no off notes and no harshness. Also, this won't cloud up your juice.
*Add 0.25-0.5% WS-23 for a nice chill.
Give this a shot, and don't be afraid to try different fruits to throw in there. Have fun with it! It's good off a shake but even better the next day.
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
FLV avocado isn't exactly a realistic avocado, but they did a very good job capturing that fatty thickness you get from an avocado. The reality is an avocado isn't packed with a ton of flavor to begin with. You get more of the actual taste as it lingers rather than when you vape it, but none the less this is the closest to avocado out of the others I've tried. This flavoring is actually fairly strong and can be used lower depending what you're doing, I liked it most in this at 0.75% to stand up to the creams. It needed to separate itself rather than just thicken things up, which you can also use this for lower at around 0.25%.
I initially created this using VTA creamy avocado because I had it first, and while that was also very good, this was more in line with the actual flavor. The VTA offering is also nice and fatty, but I get a heavier nutty banana like note from it. FLV also has a bit of this going on but not as much. I like the VTA offering a lot as a sub, but it's completely different from this even though it's very good in here as well. If that's all you have, throw it in at 1.5% for a really good recipe of it's own.
This is a nice rich ice cream base to go along with that fatty avocado. It will need a good 4-5 days for the buttery note in the creams to tone down and let the coconut come out a bit more.
The coconut is a nice and sweet layer that lays in here underneath all that thick goodness. I know this is an odd profile, but I can tell you it's very good and I can't get enough of it.
If you like thick creamy mixes this is right up your alley.
Remember all those great kool-aid flavors growing up as a kid. This is was one that I liked a lot, but haven't thought of until a friend mentioned it. I went out and got a few packs to see if I could get a recipe out of it, and here it is.
This isn't anything fancy, it's a simple 3 fruit profile but they were made for each other. Once I figured out the actual drink, it was just a matter of finding the right combo of orange and strawberry...then hitting the correct balance.
The orange sits on top and blends with the strawberry through the vape with a light banana note on the back. It's a nice juicy mix that's full of flavor. Creating a fruit body isn't always an easy task, you can end up with a thin recipe that's all top notes. The banana cream helps solve that by creating a nice base for the others to sit on and the juicy strawberry adding a wonderful dose of moisture that wets your mouth. If you liked this kool-aid, or love a good fruit mix I suggest giving this a shot. It's well balanced and you can taste each layer individually.
You can S&V this one, but I find a solid 24-48 steep gives the banana time to get in it's role and the orange will tone down a bit.
This is a simple profile that jumped out at me after testing TFA cherry extract. This flavor is definitely on the weaker side. I had to push it up to 5% just to get that light accent I was looking for. I could have gone higher, it
didn't get weird or anything, but I didn't want it in the front. I wanted there to be a kiss of cherry sweetness, and with sharper citrus flavors I needed it at 5%. Once I started to play with different lime layers to hit the notes I was looking for, what I found was limes by themselves can be a bit thin and hard to use as a base. This is where the JF juicy lemon comes in. This gives that lime layers something to set on, and at the same time filling out the mix with a nice juicy vibe. This isn't a sharp lemon like you'd get from something like FA Sicily. It's a sweet, juicy lemon that as a stand alone has a nice mouth feel and solid body for a citrus. At 2% I can steal those characteristics without pushing too much lemon into the recipe. And why not, a little lemon plays perfect with a sharp lime.
Now the lime combo I settled on was from FLV, and while you can get away with subbing out the lime wedge for FA lime cold pressed at 1.5% and still being tasty, the FLV lime at 0.5% is needed. It has a candied lime note that pulls that sharp lime wedge back a little bit and rounds that layer out. At 0.75% that lime wedge is a boss and demands some attention. The sweetener helps push the profile and you'll need a little, but feel free to adjust. I like mine a little sweeter so I use 1% FW.
This is super simple, but it's well balanced and hits what I was looking for. So if you want a cherry kissed juicy lime with a full body...mix this up.
You can S&V this (I do) but it's best after 2 days. It gives the sharp lime time to fall in it's place and that lemon move further back.
I'm not crazy about coolants, but feel free to drop you're preferred additive in here to really hit that profile
This is a baked custard filled pie that's wrapped in a sugar cookies rather than a pie crust. I got the concept from the holiday pie they sell at McDonald's. It's nothing fancy, but damn is it good. That new custard is pretty much CAP V1 but without the sharp vanilla. If you sub it out here, this will still be good but it's not close to the same thing. The actual pie isn't full of vanilla, it's just an egg custard with sugar cookie and that's why this FA premium works wonderful in this mix. It fills out the INW and takes that dryness it has out and leaves you with a rich egg custard with a full body and buttery back note. If you like custard you need this new custard for sure
This is essentially a chocolate custard style dessert with a caramel sauce. It's not a thick caramel, but more of a brown sugar and butter mixture type sauce.
The custard base here is a combo of both CAP and INW. The INW is more of a realistic egg custard that's true to the dessert. I add the CAP here to lend that buttery note that it incorporates with that rich vanilla. This worked better than trying to add TFA or CAP butter in this mix. That butter note lends to authenticity of the caramel sauce.
FLV Cream helps build on the cream note, but it also works to blend the custard and the chocolate.
JF milk chocolate and HS Australian make a great pairing here. If you have the OG INW feel free to sub that for the JF but the new version doesn't work. The buttery note that's in CAP custard also helps the milk chocolate here. JF milk chocolate is pretty good but it needs some sort of fatty richness to help cream it out if that makes sense, and that's what happens here. The HS gives it a little darkness to the chocolate layer so it's a bakers chocolate and not a Hershey bar.
Overall this is a very decadent mix. It has a balanced creamy custard note with a nice chocolate and caramel back note. If you like chocolate or custard then you need to give this a shot. Best of all it you don't have to wait weeks, I've vaped it after just 3 days but it's blended at it's best after 5 days. I've gone through 3-30ml bottles of this so I figured I'd share it with the world. Enjoy!
This mix was adapted from Adam Biondo's "My vanilla custard" submitted in the first DIY or DIE comp and was a final 3 contender. I don't know how to link the recipe, but definitely check his out. I didn't have to do too much to it so he definitely gets the credit. I see a lot of people asking for custard recipes so I wanted to share this. His mix was what turned me onto this profile. It just needed some changes to better fit what I wanted.
If you don't have the Cream Charlotte you can just leave it out, it's good either way. I like it because it helps push that dense bakery note and has a rich quality I haven't found in another flavoring, it's one of a kind...and no doubt loaded with DA/AP.
I vape this mix more than anything else and I'm constantly tweaking it is why I never released it. The CAP graham cracker with the butter pecan adds perfect dimension to this and can't be subbed. The original uses TPA brown sugar at .75% but I prefer that dark note that this needs from FLV Milk & Honey...brown sugar can be obtrusive. Don't be afraid to play with this, or any recipe you like. That's why we DIY, to get exactly what we want. If you love custards and bakeries as much as me, I suggest you get cream Charlotte. Mix this up my custard addicts...it's seriously amazing!
The FW yellow cake can be subbed for JF if you don't want to use it.
As with all heavy mixes, they get better with time. I actually like this a lot at one week, but if you can push it 2+ weeks you'll love it even more.
I love those grape juice fruit snacks, you know the ones that look like a bunch of grapes. It's a profile I was working on for a while since I don't see too many grape mixes, and after I played around I realized that it isn't as easy as I thought. Sure, I had some decent mixes but it just wasn't what I envisioned. The grape flavors we have are either too chemical, or they are too far into candy land that they just wouldn't work. When Flavor Revolution (FR) came out at NR I decided to pick it up.
FR Grape Candy- While it's 100% hard candy grape, it didn't have that chemical off note and I knew with a bit of help it was my best chance with all the ones I had. This with TFA Grape Juice made the core of the mix but it was very linier...just grape. While good, it just wasn't there
INW Two Apples- Apples in a grape mix??? Absolutely! Especially in a candy profile that has real juice. Apple juice is probably the most used filler in juices that aren't 100% and it's noticable in these fruit snacks. Not so much that it's an apple and a grape, they just blend perfect. At .25% it's just giving this some dimension and making it interesting.
FA Marshmallow/TFA Vanilla Swirl- This is a solid combo to add some body and volume, it's what is making the recipe chewy so it's not a grape cocktail. This also blends the grape/apple so it's not a grape lollipop dipped in apple juice. TFA marshmallow can't be subbed here. This has too many top note and all that extra EM will bog it down.
FLV Moscato - Now I know this isn't out yet, but its a damn good flavor. When I tested it I knew it would be the missing link for this. At .25% It has this bright a white grape note that pushes this mix to perfection and is really what gives it that grape authenticity.
I'm aware FR is a new brand and most won't have it. Since it's only sold at NR in the US, it cuts the chances down even further.... however, if you like grape you need it in your life.