I have always felt weird about vaping anything energy drink. Mainly due to bad experiences, but with faitth in Flavorah and actually liking their energy drink, I figured it was time to make my own.
Am I an avid energy drink drinker? Not really, but I have had one with mango that I really liked, so it was obvious that was what I would base my recipe on.
In current state I have been through a few versions of this. All in all, it's a relatively simple profile, so most of the changes I have made has been adjusting the FLV Energy drink and fiddling with different sort of mangos.
One of the first mangos I tried this recipe with was FLV Sweet Mango alone around 2%. It gave the taste of mango, but there was a floral note that I didn't think was fitting. So I added in FLV Ripe Mango later around 2% which got rid of the floral note more or less. Version after this was adjusting these, so not much fun.
I have now replaced FLV Sweet Mango with VT SHisha Mango, due to its aswesome syrup ability. I mean, it is a sort of sweet disgusting beverage I'm making, right? So syrup is a must.
I still like the notes of FLV Ripe Mango, as it sticks around a little with some more natural notes.
The actual beverage itself is pretty simple. FLV Energy Drink is rocking the show. I pulled in FLV Citrus Soda in an earlier version and kept it for the fizz and the citrus. I didn't want to take it too high as I really just needed the fizz while the citrus goes pretty well with mango and doesn't overpower anything.
CAP Lemon Lime is soley there for the sake of the mango.
If you've never had mango with a splash of lemon or lime juice, you haven't really lived. CAP Lemon Lime really accompany the mano in this recipe and helps out the FLV Citrus Soda and FLV Energy Drink too.
CAP Super Sweet is just there for my personal preference, although I'd argue that it should be kept in as it is a disgustring sweet beverage I'm making. You do you though and if you're scared of sweetener, then leave it out. I assume other sweeteners can be used too, but I can't guarantee anything.
I'd suggest 1 day steep at least, to take the edges off of FLV Citrus Soda, as it is pretty heavy right off the bat. But if you wan't to SnV it, then you can do so with no issues.
There aren't much to say about this. I was in the mood for something minty, without using cooling like koolada or WS-23 (cause I don't like that).
When I made the original recipe, I had a ton of PUR Butter Mint on hand (I actually still do), but I felt the reciped needed an update, since PUR Butter Mint (for whatever silly reason) is discontinued. FLV came to my rescue and released FLV Mint Candy, which I figured could be a good new edition instead.
I also added in FLV Vanilla Pudding, to make the vanilla a little more present in the mix, along with lowering the FLV Peppermint to 0.25% as it was quite strong at 0.5%
For the rest it's the same old. Vanilla being there for the mint to have a nice soft pillow to sit on, and INW Shisha Vanilla still pairs well with FLV Mint Candy. Vanilla Swirl softens up the edges.
Super Sweet is only there for my personal preference and I’d argue that it has a function n this recipe, but if you’re one of those die-hard-non-sweetener types, then leave it out. Use whatever sweetener or none if you like. I'm disgusting like that.
Let it sit for 3 days and you're good to go.
Don’t get me wrong. The original recipe is actually really good.
But I wanted to see, if I couldn’t improve it somehow and maybe make it a little bit more European.
So the first I did was to switch out FW Black Licorice with CAP Licorice.
I find that CAP Licorice has a more true European taste to it than its counterpart FW has. It’s probably the most European style black licorice you can find on the market in current state.
I wanted to fiddle with the banana part too.
I find VT Banana Custard a much more fitting flavor to use, as it’s a little bit more gooey in texture that will support the marshmallow, plus the banana flavor is a little more candy-ish.
Changed the CAP Super Sweet to fit the more modern devices.
Skipped touching TFA Marshmallow as I find it does exactly what it should do in the original recipe.
1 day steep to polish off the sharp edges, but works perfectly fine as SnV if you don’t mind the sharpness of CAP Licorice.
Profile: Waffle with banana and a splash of whipped cream
So one of the commercial juices that I really enjoyed vaping, was Double Drip Coil Sauce Strawberry Banana Waffle. Although i could never really taste the strawberry, it was rich in waffle and banana.
My intend with this is not to make an exact clone, but something along the lines of it, since I really enjoy that profile.
It's pretty straight forward.
The waffle itself is just MB Classic Belgian Waffle and SSA Crisp Waffle. I find it gives a pretty delicious mixture of crispy and buttery gooey waffle at the same time. I had MB Classic Belgian Waffle at 2.5% to begin with, but it was a tad too high and I noticed an odd mucus off-note. Much better around 2%.
SSA Crisp Waffle has gone up and down a little bit in this recipe. I landed on 1%, where it was previously 1.5% and 2%, which was a tad too high and the waffle got a bit too crispy like a cone. The goal is to strike a balance between a soft buttery waffle that still has a bit of a crunchy texture. And I think this is it.
VT Banana Custard handles the banana on its own perfectly fine and even supports the cream a little too. I don't want it to be an absolute dominant flavor, but just there enough to be blended well with the waffle, so 2% is perfectly fine.
The cream is rather simple and doesn't play a major role, but will give a good supporting mouth feel and some creamy vibes. TFA Vanilla Swirl was a last-minute addition, but I felt like I was missing it in the mix for a hint of vanilla and a good support to the TFA Whipped Cream.
SSA Milky Caramel Fudge is used as a sauce kind of type. Not a major role, but I needed it for a nuance in the mix that kinda goes well with everything else. I pushed it a little high, but around 1.5% and 2% I didn't really feel it was there. So hence the 2.5%, which still feels a little on the low side, but it reach the intended goal.
Relatively short steep of 5 days, since nothing in the mix really needs that long to settle.
Add in somes sweetener if you like. I'll let that be up to you.
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Let the drums of war sound as we march into battle in the frozen lands!
Since I did Frost Punk, I wanted to combine FLV Peppermint with licorice. It's black as night and cold as winter. I guess it kinda describes my mood sometimes.
The licorice is my own little combination.
I find CAP Licorice at 2% and FA Black Touch at 1% very fitting for your typical european style licorice. Just about enough salmiak and anise to make it great.
FLV Peppermint adds hefty and cold mint that goes well with the black tones of licorice.
FA Meringue adds a little sweetness and texture to the mix.
Add sweetener of your own choice if you like.
Super simple no bullshit recipe.
SnV worthy, but I tend to let FLV Peppermint sit overnight or a 24h period to kinda balance itself.
There aren't much to say about this. I was in the mood for something icy and minty, without using cooling like koolada or WS-23 (cause I don't like that).
I love both FLV Peppermint and PUR Butter Mint as they give me exactly what I wanted.
Vanilla is there to give the mint a nice soft pillow to sit on and some good nice mouthfeel. INW Shisha Vanilla really pairs well with the buttery sweetness PUR Butter Mint has. TFA Vanilla Swirl helps FLV Peppermint a lot with sharpening off the rough edges it can have.
Super Sweet is only there for my personal preference. Use whatever sweetener or none if you like. I'm disgusting like that.
Let it sit for 2-3 days and you're good to go.
Back in the early days of 2019, before the world went to shit thanks to COVID19 and politicians didn't spread it to each other, @Alfredpudding @eyemakepizza and yours truly decided, that we were in the need of a damn good key lime pie.
So we set sails trying to create what we thought would be the best damn key lime pie we could make.
The pie crust itself is simply just made using TFA Cheesecake (graham crust), INW Yes, We Cheesecake and CAP Graham Cracker.
The filling is super simple, using TFA Bavarian Cream, VT Shisha Lime (which really to us is the best damn lime in current state) and a pinch of meringue. TFA Cheesecake (graham crust) obviously help the filling too.
It's a simple and pretty straight forward recipe, but it stands to prove that you don't need that many ingredients to make something utterly delicious and authentic.
We never got around to uploading this recipe, so now is the time to do so.
Profile: Sesame dough ball with vanilla pudding filling
The journey to make this recipe has been long, but I'm very satisfied with the outcome.
Despite the simplicity of the recipe, the end result is a very complex flavor, that adds two layers of contrast to the mix.
To create the sesame dough ball, I tried various combinations of WF Sesame Dough with all kinds of bakeries. Everywhere from FA Cookie, to WF Deep Fried Pastry Dough, CAP Sugar Cookie etc. But every time, I found myself getting further and further away from the simplicity that I really wanted from a sesame ball. So in the end, I had to come to realize, that WF Sesame Dough on its own actually worked perfectly fine.
It has a sharpness of toasted sesame, but keeps the warmth and don't overdo the sharpness at all. It's nice and round in flavor and a little sticky in texture.
To help the stickiness be more upfront, I added a pinch of FA Meringue.
Concerning the pudding, I went though time and time again to figure out exactly what I wanted. I knew FLV Vanilla Pudding needed to be in this, as it has the great ability to be thick, almost borderline disgusting, but handled correctly you can get some really nice results with it.
To add a sort of eggy note to the filling, I danced around a few custards such as FA Custard Premium, FA Custard, but I always landed right back on INW Custard, as it brings those exact eggy notes I was after and doesn't add any taste that I didn't really need there.
To bridge the INW Custard and FLV Vanilla pudding, I'm using TFA Vanilla Swirl and its ability to smoothen everything out.
FA Meringue again brings a little sweetness and stickiness to the filling.
The contrast here is, that you'll start with the toasted sesame and a hint of dough. Before you know it, you're hit with the vanilla filling. Exactly as if you were actually eating a sesame ball with a vanilla filling.
This recipe is inspired by the vietnamese dessert "Báhn Cam", which usually consist of a mung bean filling, but despite me lacking any sort of bean flavor, it works perfectly fine with a vanilla filling instead.
Let it steep at least the recommended 5 days for the best result.
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Profile: Creamy vanilla rice pudding with a hint of cardamom
Quote @Zany: "Unlike Traditional Chinese Medicine - This will actually make you erect!"
We wanted to make a delicious rice pudding with hints of spices and vanilla without actually making it too thick and disgusting.
@Zany aka. Dico and I sat down and looked over which flavors we had that would fit such a profile.
The very first version contained VT Thai Sticky Rice, FM Pistachio, VT Yoghurt Drink, FLV Vanilla Pudding and TFA Whipped Cream.
To begin with, we only had VT Thai Sticky Rice on the table for the rice base, but we kinda figured out that it wasn’t enough rice so we introduced FE Sweet Rice to the mix.
At some point, we also had FM Pistachio in the mix, but the more we huffed and puffed, the more we kinda figured that it didn’t really quite fit in for what we were going for.
Pretty early in, it was decided that FA Cardamom would maybe be an awesome addition, so it was added. It somehow didn’t clash very well with VT Yoghurt drink, which also were just kinda weird, so we scrapped VT Yoghurt Drink early on.
Final addition to the line-up was FLV Sweet Coconut and it all just fell into place.
Concerning the taste of this mix, it’s not overly strong on the rice taste as VT Thai Sticky Rice comes with a hint of a spice note. It’s there to add some depth in the mix.
In combination with some notes of vanilla, coconut, a little cream to bind it all together and a wonderful warm and round taste of cardamom as a finisher, it’s a twirl of flavors that dances in your gob.
Please do let it sit for about 5 days to let it all blend in nicely together.
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Profile: Caramel infused taffy with a kick of peppermint
Been screwing and chewing around with FLV Peppermint thanks to @Zany, despite the fact that yours truly hates everything cool.
But I was drawn to the peppermint flavor much more rather than just having a cool element in my mix.
I do love a good caramel and peppermint candy however, so I set sails to make it into a vape that I could enjoy all year around.
Lets break it down!
The Taffy Chew:
To create the texture I decided to go with FW Salt Water Taffy as the main note. This adds both a little sweetness and a little texture to the mix.
I wanted to enhance the texture, making it more thick (as if it would be sticking to your teeth), so for a more waxy and sticky texture note I my choice fell on CAP Butter Cream to complete the waxy and stickiness.
For a little bit of mouthfeel, just so it didn't feel like that I would be chewing a flavored candle light, I threw in some TFA Vanilla Swirl. It makes it chewy, but round and nice in texture and adds a hint of sweetness and creaminess without actual cream.
The Caramel Mint:
I have always found the mixture of FW Caramel (salted) and FA Butterscotch to be a perfect caramel taste for me. It brings the best of both worlds, so it was an easy choice for me combine those two.
Concerning percentages of the two, they are just about enough to not be disgusting, but gives a nice round warm mouthfeel on the inhale, that really coveres your tongue in caramel goodiness.
On the exhale, you'll get a good serious kick of the FLV Peppermint in both terms of cooling and the nice sharp peppermint taste, while the caramel still lingers and dances around. I experimented with FLV Peppermint around 0.5% which i found to be way too much and it just took over. I find 0.25% to be just perfect, to still keep some sharpness without it feels like you're vaping razorblades.
FA Meringue is being used in this case to create a shade of candy and doesn't really do much other than exactly that.
To complete the candy, but not stated in the recipe above due to the preference of people, I added in about 0.25% CAP Super Sweet. I find that it adds the sugarlips that I myself like from candy, but the recipe works fine without it really. It all comes down to whether or not you as mixer tend to use it.
Concerning a steep, this really needs the advised 3 days of steep. Off the shake the FLV Peppermint is a tad too harsh and the caramels haven't developed yet at all, so please follow my advise and let it sit for 3 days.