From phase three of the 2016 World Mixer's Competition.
This is a bare bones attempt at creating a decadent creme brulee spritzed with fresh squeezed orange and garnished with orange slices. Your palate will crave the actual dessert when you get notes of rich custard, burnt sugar/caramel, and a spritz of orange.
INW Creme Brulee: This ingredient is quite magical. You get a hint of vanilla, a rich custard taste that is sweet, but not overly sweet while also getting this amazing burnt sugar/caramel on top. Typically, I'd keep this ingredient in the 1-2% range in a custard recipe to create some complexity, richness, and to add to the overall custard vibe. It definitely plays well with custards since creme brulee is essentially a custard itself. I wanted this flavor to shine through the CAP Vanilla Custard to distinguish itself from a basic custard so I used it at 3%. Creme Brulee is one of those ingredients that grows on you and keeps you coming back for more due to its complexity and the fact that you can get the sweet custard, rich egginess, and burnt sugar tastes at different levels throughout the vape.
CAP Vanilla Custard V1: This bad boy bullies me into adding it in almost all my recipes for damn good reasons. It's thick, has a great vanilla, and can mesh with nearly anything as long as you know how to use it. At 3.5% I use it as more than just an ingredient to give body to a recipe. It's here to to carry INW Creme Brulee to victory on its highly praised foundation. I needed a bit more of a custard base to complete the creme brulee vibe.
FW Blood Orange: Now, this is the difficult part of the recipe. However, taking a big risk can lead to a great reward. On the other hand, the risk you take can ultimately lead to failure. I needed an orange to take this recipe from "meh just another custard" to "damn this is an original idea that can be built upon and taken to new levels". I wanted the orange to be present, but not to take over the entire profile. This ingredient is extremely difficult to fine tune and dances on the line of taking over and being an accent to others. My selection of FW Blood Orange at 2% adds just enough orange to freshen this recipe up and take it to another level. This flavor is almost a quintessential representation of an actual orange in vape form. It has that sweet, fresh, and juiciness that one would expect from an orange along with this ever so slight rind taste. To me, 2% of this flavor in my recipe portrays what you would get if you blended in the juices of a fresh squeezed orange along with the custard ingredients used in creme brulee. The slight rind taste really reminded me of a dessert garnished with orange slices.
This is just one of those hmmm maybe these will all work together kinda recipes and after a few iterations and changes, it's pretty tasty. Strawberry mango bubblegum cream is what I was going for. You get the strawberry and bubblegum with a slight mango followed by a nice mellow cream. Fruit recipes aren't my specialty, but I'm digging this since it's quite unique. The mango has a musty kind of flavor the first 48 hours then calms down and blends in much better. Give this 3 days of aging for the mango and cream to settle in. Add some sweetener if you like your bubblegum extra sweet.
Here it is folks. Vape it. Love it. Inhale my juice. This was the recipe I submitted for the inaugural DIYorDIE mixer's competition. Mix it up, let it sit for a few days and let me know what you guys think. If you're one of the unfortunate people that gets a pepper taste from TFA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, I'm sure you could substitute for CAP's version. However, the TFA VBIC at a low percentage really blends in well with everything else and lends a buttery hand to the Vanilla Custard and Butter Cream. Try my version first then if needed, substitute TFA VBIC for CAP's version. Full notes on reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/DIY_eJuice/comments/4zqehv/apple_buttah_from_the_inaugural_diyordie_mixers/
and here's the link to my other recipes in the contest http://diyordievaping.com/2016/09/09/winner-of-the-2016-diyordie-world-mixing-championship/
I know, I know another cookies and cream recipe, but damn this shit is tasty. The sugar cookie, cookie, and biscuit create an amazing cookie base. The remaining ingredients create this fantastic vanilla, creamy, buttery almost frosting like texture that coats your mouth. If you like your cookie to have some cinnamon in it, add no more than a drop of Flavorah Rich Cinnamon per 30mL. I strictly make this recipe 60mL at a time and I only add one drop of rich cinnamon to that so if you can somehow get half a drop in a 30mL, go for it. If not, it will be just fine without the Rich Cinnamon. Steep time: after 1 week it's pretty much good to go. If you can let this sit for more than a week, you'll love it even more. Enjoy, Compadres!
This is my entry for the cannoli contest for DIYorDIE. Before this contest I've never tried a real cannoli, but after having about 10 in the past two weeks, this is my best attempt at nailing the profile. Straight up cannoli. No lemon or chocolate just pastry and filling. Thanks for making me gain a few pounds, Wayne!
This was only able to steep for a week, but even with just a week steep it's good. I feel that letting it steep longer than a week will definitely benefit this recipe.