Created with Fresh03 & Friends during the "Mixing For Mike" show on 6/12. Fidalgo Vapes' donation earned him a recipe by the mixer of his choice, and he asked me to make him a Strap-On (STRawberry APple watermelON) using Medicine Flower flavors as the main ingredients.
This was a little tough because I'd never used any MF melon, strawberry, or apple flavors before. A bunch of Medicine Flower samples came in the mail fairly recently though, so I had them on hand. Rule of thumb with these things, start low, as they are very highly concentrated. Only had one each of watermelon and strawberry to play with, and after smelling Red, Golden, and Green apples, I knew Red was the one I wanted. If you smelled all three MF apples, you'd pick Red, too. Strawberry didn't smell quite as strong as some of their others and after consulting ELR about it, I decided to go with 1.25%. Red Apple at 1%. I was already dripping in 0.75% Watermelon when Fidalgo himself answered my call for help and said to go with a way lower amount. He was right, 0.75% was overly rindy and a little soapy, and I could tell it was from too much watermelon. Tried it again at 0.4% and it worked beautifully. This was a balanced mix of flavorful, very natural fruit, no candy at all. Just a bowl of chopped watermelon, fresh strawberry, and red apple. I knew going it I was going to add something to this to make it something special for Fidalgo, but didn't know what until I tasted it and Def Leppard started playing in my head. Pour some sugar on me! Not sweetener, sugar. "Pour some sucralose on me" just doesn't not sound sexy at all. These fruits tasted so natural and I didn't want to candy sweeten them with sweeter fruits or just throw sweetener on them, I wanted them to taste like they'd been sprinkled with sugar right on top. A little bit of OoO Powdered Sugar did the trick. I think this recipe is done, but it is subject to change after I try my samples for the Noted: Sugar episode coming up on 6/21.
Thrown together on Fresh03's "Mixing For Mike" show on 6/12. Daniel TheVapeMan aka Noted Time Stamp Guy made a generous donation to the GoFundMe for VapinTrucker's family. He asked for me to make him "something tropical" using only flavors in his stash. Someone says "something tropical" to me with no other guidance, my mind immediately goes to guanabana/soursop because the quickest way to describe those flavors is "something tropical." Scrolling through Daniel's stash, I see he has FLV Guanabana. Perfect, let's build this around that.
I thought about how I'd been itching to try mixing just FLV's Mango Passion Pineapple and FLV Guanabana and see whether it makes the two-flavor banger that it makes in my head, but I couldn't find Mango Passion Pineapple in Daniel's arsenal. Fine, I get my own mango, passion fruit, and pineapple flavors. FLV Mango works, INW Pineapple works. Right about that time, someone else was talking about using FLV Passion Fruit to make Daniel a tropical lemonade and I thought, well, Danny Boy might want a break from passion fruit, so let's do something else instead. It gave me an excuse to bust out the Pink Guava. You want some really bright citrusy stuff with some funky ripe tropical depth? That could describe either passionfruit or guava. Speaking of funky ripe tropical depth, I saw Daniel had VT Paw Paw in his collection and that's an underrated flavor that I knew could give the mango in here a ton of bass, or base, whatever, really hit those low notes instead of just floating up top. For the finishing touch, I'd been wanting to mix FLV Mango Passion Pineapple with rum as well as guanabana, but Por Que No Los Dos, right? So I hit this Mango-Guava-Pineapple-Guanabana with some FA Jamaican for a dark rum finish.
The whole thing just tastes like a Caribbean vacation in a bottle now. Wonderful. I think it might be done. But I might come back later with a very similar, simple 1-2-3 recipe using FLV Mango Passion Pineapple, FLV Guanabana or another guanabana/soursop/cherimoya flavor, and either FA Jamaican Rum or, since summer is here and Texas is hot, WS-23.
Thrown together on Fresh03's "Mixing For Mike" show on 6/12. Rawlinsonboy's donation to the GoFundMe for VapinTrucker's family bought him a recipe request, and that request was honeycomb chocolate cheesecake. I asked everyone if the chocolate meant chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, or the cheesecake itself is chocolate cheesecake, and fellow mixers seemed most interested in chocolate chips, which made me happy because it's by far the easiest to do, though VT Chocolate Mousse probably wouldn't have made chocolate cheesecake too hard. I just used PUR's NY Cheesecake and Cheesecake Graham to give a slight upgrade to this Cheesecake Trinity, dumped a ton of VT Honeycomb on top, used as much WF Chocolate Chunks as I thought I could get away with without it getting weird, and added some Sweetener because chocolate honeycomb cheesecake. The little bit of VT English Toffee is where I imagine the honeycomb toffee bits and cheesecake start to melt together a little in your mouth.
This might be done, but I'm probably going to try it again after a steep and tweak it a bit. Might consider switching to a chocolate cheesecake instead of a cheesecake with chocolate chips in and on it, switching from graham to a chocolate cookie crust, or trying to make it more like a milk chocolate-coated honeycomb toffee candy bar crunched up on a cheesecake. But it's already pretty yummy, and if Rawlinsonboy's happy, I'm happy.
Thrown together on Fresh03's "Mixing For Mike" show on 6/12. Addy Tuney's donation to the GoFundMe for VapinTrucker's family earned him the right to command me to create a "Blueberry Jam Butter Biscuit." He clarified that it could be either an American or European biscuit, so I went with the shortbready type cookie interpretation of the word biscuit rather than going all Pillsbury doughboy with it.
This is not bad for at all for a first draft, but I'm going to give it the steep and tweak treatment and come back with an improved version later.
When Tuney said blueberry jam, I immediately knew I wanted to use VT Bilberry Ripe. Easily the best blueberry jam I've tried, much better blueberry jam than VT's own Blueberry Jam, which is absurd. The WF Blueberry Jam might prove to be unnecessary and disappear from the finished version, but I just really liked the way it worked in Rin's Blueberry Cheesecake and wanted to use it. FE Lemon is there because until someone makes a blueberry flavor that pops on its own like blueberry + lemon, you're going to see me adding a little lemon anytime the subject of blueberry comes up. It might be unnecessary here as well, but it's reflex at this point.
Mr. Tuney said butter and WF Cookie Butter was the first thing that came to mind. It's so good. If it turns out that it just makes a more buttery cookie after steeping, rather than giving me a layer of butter under the blueberry, I might have to try something else.
CAP Sugar Cookie is the go-to cookie that I knew would work with the blueberry. I used some WF Shortbread Cookie to crisp it up and make it more shortbread-tasting versus a big soft sugar cookie. Hopefully keeping it fairly low keeps it from being too burnt after a steep, but if the biscuit comes out overcooked, I might have to replace it with something more basic like JF Biscuit.
SSA Ice Cream Vanilla is mostly for a buttery mouthfeel finish, but also because there's never enough vanilla in any biscuit/cookie flavor. Hopefully I haven't overdone it, but if it grows over time, I might have to use less of it in the final version.
Vanilla Ice Cream, to enjoy on its own or use as a base to top with goodies.
For whatever reason, some of us suffer from pepper tasting. Where others taste delicious vanilla ice cream, we taste something like a hybrid of black pepper and oxidized nic. If TFA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream does not taste like pepper to you, ignore this recipe. Go vape TFA VBIC, you lucky ducky.
For some who can't enjoy TFA VBIC, Capella and Flavor West versions of VBIC are often offered as alternatives, but they're inferior, for most profiles, anyway. Perhaps you can enjoy LB Vanilla Ice Cream, though. If LB VIC does not taste like ice cream with some pepper in it to you, ignore this recipe. Go mix The Trinity Vanilla Ice Cream right now. It'll rock your socks!
But for the most unfortunate pepper tasters, even LB VIC has the some of the dreaded off-note. You might even have thoroughly enjoyed it the past, only to find that it's now starting to make you wonder whether your nic base is beginning to head south. Pay attention, pepper people, this one is just for YOU.
WF Vanilla Ice Cream provides the most authentic vanilla ice cream top note you're going to find, I think. TFA Vanilla Swirl tastes like soft serve, the shittiest form of ice cream there is, but it's got volume for days and it perfectly fills in a little dead space in the middle here. SSA Ice Cream Vanilla is literally the finishing touch, as a touch of it here provides a lingering, satisfying vanilla ice cream finish.
This isn't really meant to mimic anything, it's just supposed to be delicious. If you must give it a "profile," I suppose we could call it a spiced pear torte with butterscotch cream sauce.
As soon as I tried his pear trinity I knew I wanted to try transplanting it to a different base, not that DAAPled Pears wasn't already perfect, but just to see how it might work as a plug-and-play. I took out Foment's cream base, which I hear is also super portable, and replaced it with the pair of CAP bakeries I used for Titanic. However, after steeping and trying it, it seemed to have a hole in it. I stared at that hole until right shape to fill it came to mind, and that shape was FW Butt Rip.
Alright, so, that name probably isn't the most appetizing, but it beat the alternative, Kumsicle. It's a kumquat creamsicle!
We have this hippy grocery store in my town. Smells like patchouli in there. They sell all the vegan/gluten-free/non-GMO/organic/fair trade/$1 from the purchase of this $6 candy bar goes to saving the rainforest type of stuff. Mine has organic vegan versions of creamsicle bars in the freezer section. Blueberry, Raspberry, and of course Orange, the most common flavor of creamsicle by far. The inside is, of course, dairy-free and instead filled with a vanilla-flavored coconut-based cream. I just thought it was weird that they had such basic flavors, in a place where almost everything is some sort of acai, goji, whatever weird fruit they found growing high in the Andes mountains of Peru this week. It seemed like kumquat would be a great flavor for a hippy creamsicle, so here that is.
I borrowed heavily from Jenn W's Loco Unicorn recipe, which you can see reflected in the combination of coconuts and choice of vanilla. I figured that would work well with WF Kumquat as it worked with her CAP Sweet Tangerine, and it does. The VT Sweet Cream really drives home the rich whipped creamy filling as it blends well with the coconuts and vanilla.
The trouble with WF Kumquat is it needs more of that tart peel note, I used INW Lemon Mix for that. I also tried a version with VT Orange Marmalade for the peel, but it annihilated the separation I was looking for between the fruit and cream. INW Lemon Mix stays on top.
I know it's supposed to be a popsicle, but I fell out of the cold things should be cold camp on this one. I didn't want either the citrusy top note or the creamy coconutty filling to get stomped on by it. You could try adding coolant if you want to, just don't hold me responsible for the result.
Years ago, after trying someone's Honey Pearry remix (Pear, Honeydew, some Strawberry) and tweaking it to my liking, one of the first things I wanted to do was make a mango version. Unfortunately for me, that was before FLV Mango and other great mango flavors even existed, and my attempts were so bad I had to give up and settle for a peach version. I've finally revisited that old desire, and making a juicy, sweet honeydew/pear with a nice mango top note proved easy thanks to the combination of FLV Mango and VT Shisha Mango. The INW Prickly Pear makes it extra juicy while enhancing both the pear and melon aspects.
It's that old Honey Pearry by the Vapor Chef profile - honeydew and pear with a hint of strawberry, with some new twists.
TFA Honeydew is already outrageously juicy, and I've enjoyed recipes that use INW Cactus to make it even juicier. But if you do that, you have to deal with the taste of INW Cactus. Enter the new INW Prickly Pear. It's almost as juicy as Cactus. I don't think it actually tastes like prickly pear fruit, though it might if mixed with something like CAP Sweet Guava. But, I digress. It really tastes like some kind of juicy, sweet apple/melon blend. Which makes it a perfect complement for honeydew/pear. Next, cooling. The Honeydew-Pear pairing was already a fantastic summer juice because it's so juicy and refreshing, but I never thought to add cooling to it back in the day because Koolada/Polar Blast never seemed like it would be a good fit. Add some WS-23, though... wow.
A long time ago (2016, which is like decades in vaping/mixing years), I tried to make a pear recipe that captured my favorite type of pear, the Nashi pear or Asian apple-pear. I did the best I could with the ingredients I had at time. Here it is again, a little better. I've not eaten one of these pears in some time, but this is closer to what I remember. Here's what I used and why.
WF Ripe Pear is the foundation this whole thing is built on. I used TFA Pear before but it's really too sharp and strong to easily bend into one of these sweet and mild juicy delights. WF Ripe Pear is softer and sweeter but still has the body. FA Pear makes it juicy. A touch of TFA Honeysuckle gives it just the right kind of sweet florality, it's that lovely speckled skin of the apple-pear and part of the sugary juice at the same time. I used JF Fuji instead of the FA Fuji to get the appleyness right this time - the old recipe used FA Fuji but that kinda spicy skin too much and it was way too sharp. I smoothed it out with TFA Marshmallow before, but that pulled it off target a bit. Tasting the old recipe again, I get a hint of vanilla and creamiess from the marshmallow that just doesn't belong. Adding a bit of Marshmallow to sweeten, smooth over, and fill out things is so 2016, anyway. Just use better ingredients to begin with and you won't need to do that. JF being softer and not having that hard apple skin eliminated the need for all that mess.
CAP Kiwi is a terrible kiwi flavor. Don't buy it to mix this, it's not worth it. It's not offensive, it doesn't even really even taste like a kiwi. But it's very sweet and just a touch of it makes this taste more like the the Nashi pear than the Ethyl Maltol I used to try to blend with Honeysuckle to get the flavor right four years ago. I'm pleased to have finally found a use for the stuff, and if you have it already, maybe you will be too.
This is not a boldly flavored recipe. It's not meant to be. It's aping a fruit that has a pleasant mild flavor and is meant to be an ADV that doesn't stress the palate with intensity. I'll make a blow-your-face off recipe next, maybe.