What's poppin' family. I'm going to keep this one short and sweet so we can get back to mixin'. This is hands down my favorite Vanilla Custard I've been vaping as of late, and if you know me, I mix my fair share of custards. This one is simple, uses fairly common and accessable ingredients (maybe not VT Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and FA Custard Premium, but if you don't have them you should), and packs a whole lot of flavor. I've approached this recipe as kind of a throwback, or an updated version of classic combinations. FA Custard Premium instead of CAP Vanilla Custard V1, INW Yes, We Cheesecake instead of TFA Cheesecake (Graham Crust)...you get the picture. It's about upgrades. At the end of the day it's super smooth and the thick vanilla cream takes center stage. Anyway, let's get to the recipe.
10% total, 2 week steep, and I add CAP Super Sweet because I want to. Add sweetener of your choice if that's your thing.
Custard base boys, and this one slaps. FA Custard Premium and INW Custard deliver a symphony of flavor, harmonious like Jordan and Pippen. These two were built for each other and brilliantly lay the groundwork for a dense, buttery and eggy cream. The decadent vanilla starts to develop in this layer, which we will bolster with a few other choice concentrates. It's quite the canvas to work with.
VT Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is without a doubt a serious banger. The bright vanilla is complex and rich in this frosting offering, and it plays wonderfully into our already developed base. Butter, creaminess, vanilla and sweetness. This one is a keeper, pick it up if you don't have it.
FA Vienna Cream the mf'in OG. A classic concentrate when you want your cream silky smooth. It brings more vanilla and a velvety creaminess to our recipe that really helps our custard sing. I constantly find myself turning to this concentrate when I'm making cream recipes because it's so delicious. Downside? It brings the recipe to a two week steep. Worth it.
FLV Milk & Honey can be tricky. For this recipe it adds depth, and brings our bright, in your face vanillas into balance. Lingering dark sweetness galavants throughout the vape that is a welcome addition and adds intrigue. It's a great flavor if you want to add a little mystery and sophistaction to your recipes.
INW Yes, We Cheesecake brethren. Graham cracker and cookie notes. Graininess. Creaminess and body. This is a one stop shop of deliciousness and I'm hoping that most of you mixers have had the opportunity to play with this workhorse. Bakeries almost always work well in custards to solidify an awesome creamy body, and it shines here.
And that's that. My newest Custard in 2020. It's simple enough, and packs a ton of flavor. I hope you all enjoy. Cheers.
A berry candy with a creamy and chewy texture reminiscent of starburst!
Full disclosure - I basically ripped off /u/Concreteriver's starburst base. His Cherry Hills recipe is delightful, check it out.
I added a little INW Lemon Mix to brighten and add a little juice to my berry combo. FW Razzleberry + FLV Boysenberry in conjunction make for a really nice dark berry candy.
I subbed in JF Pink Burst in our starburst base because I like it better than FW's offering and it meshed well with the berries.
Pretty tasty candy vape.
A nice tropical grapefruit inhale with a sweet and sour lemon exhale. Honeysuckle mingles throughout and gives this vape a nice floral touch. WS-23 cools it and brings an icy touch. Delicious.
FA Corn is sweet creamed corn. The base of our corn bread. It's perfect for this recipe. Alfred convinced me to sub this in instead of HC Corn and it's a million times better. Thanks Alfred.
FLV Popcorn brings some more corn, some insane texture, and also a dark sweetness that resonates through the vape. Its kind of like caramel corn, and it works well.
CAP Cereal 27 brings even more corn. Also it really helps in the bread/texture department. With these 3 working together we get a very believable "corn" flavor, and they all work to beef up and sell the bread.
JF Yellow Cake finished the cornbread. It's sweet and thick and brings everything together nicely. Final touch, and also brings a tad of vanilla.
FA Custard Premium + INW Shisha Vanilla come together as our pudding. If you don't have Custard Premium, get it. It's basically the bomb. It's thick, eggy and rich. It's Vanilla Custard. Very, very delicious. Shisha Vanilla is a nice vanilla cream that thickens up our pudding. It's bright and forgiving. But let's be serious, this is a custard disguised as a pudding.
FA Fuji is the King of Apples as far as I'm concerned. At 2% it's a solid, bright, crisp and sweet apple. It's fairly realistic, but works very well in this candy-esque profile.
INW Two Apples is tart and sweet. It's heavier on the green apple flavor and pairs exceptionally well with the Fuji to help flesh out our apple in this mix.
DIYFS Holy Holy Grail RY4 is absolutely fantastic. It's a thick and creamy caramel. I don't get much tobacco from this, just heavenly, velvety, creamy caramel with notes of brown sugar and vanilla. Super sticky, too.
INW Milk & Honey is the perfect accent to our caramel. It's dark and creamy. You get touches of honey and brown sugar that play wonderfully with the apples and already very present and pleasant caramel.
Simple Mix, and it's simply delicious.
Graham Crackers and Custard are a match made in heaven. There are countless versions of this dynamic duo, but this one is mine. I'm very happy with how this turned out, and after many, MANY versions, this is the one I keep coming back to. We've got rich vanilla custard with cinnamon and subtle notes of caramelized brown sugar and honey. Then come in the crunchy cookie graham crackers. Thick and dense, these two partners make one hell of a team. The profile is simple for the most part, but I had a blast working in different concentrates to really fill this vape out into something I'm quite proud of. Most of these flavors you will find carry a dark sweetness that I am very fond of, and I think it helps fit the theme nicely.
I really like bending bakeries. I could never seem to get graham cracker right, though. I tried so many graham cracker combinations and they all fell short. I could never get that crunch that I wanted. I needed that texture. So I decided to invite FA Cookie to the party. This is a beast of a concentrate when you want that AP heavy crunch. It's kind of dry, but we are dropping those Graham Crackers into custard, right?
FA Cookie is a crunchy bakery 'cookie’ base that works very well to build our graham cracker off of. It's definitely AP heavy, and works well as a jump-off point because of its graininess and neutrality. It's dark, and mildly sweet, kind of like my Irish mother.
That's our foundation, folks. Let's start building that bad Larry up. I used two graham crackers in conjunction to the FA Cookie, both serving very different purposes. CAP Graham Cracker brings the cinnamon, and FW Graham Cracker brings some more crunch, with a touch honey.
CAP Graham Cracker has a decently strong bakery cinnamon sweetness, some people find it off-putting, but I personally love it once it settles down a bit. You are going to get some butter, and a slight graininess from this concentrate which is helpful to build on that cookie base. This thang tastes pretty authentic to me, almost like they were homemade and baked. These graham crackers came out of the oven, not out of a box. This concentrate needs help in the crunch department, and that's why we are also using FA Cookie and FW Graham Cracker.
FW Graham Cracker is hands down my favorite GC. If I had to only pick one, this is it. You ever had Honey Maid Graham Crackers? You know, the ones that come in sheets and you have to break apart? These are them. Definitely sweet, definitely cookie-like, and it packs that punchy crunchy. It also brings some honey, which is awesome in combination with CAP's offering. These 3 bakeries working together create our graham cracker cookie. It's tasty, and in my opinion a very clear representation of a solid graham cracker to crumble up into our custard.
Custard is so bomb. They are easily my favorite profile and I absolutely love tinkering with new ways to elevate them. This custard base seems pretty standard, but each ingredient was chosen very deliberately to help bolster our graham cracker. Let's start with the custard base, no surprise here, CAP Vanilla Custard.
CAP Vanilla Custard is universally accepted as a solid canvas to paint upon when it comes to developing a custard recipe, and there is no exception here. It's eggy. It's rich and buttery. It's thick, creamy and sweet. I didn't want to bring it too high, because that depth and intrigue was going to come from our cream and vanilla addition. I like taking a custard and accentuating it with the proper cream, and the proper vanilla. It just works.
DIYFS Holy Vanilla found it's home here because I decided I wanted to keep things dark. It's a superb vanilla. Malty and creamy with a tad of spice that leans towards extract. Crack them beans, baby. The rich vanilla sinks into the custard and thickens it up, all while bringing a maltiness that plays off not only the custard base, but the graham cracker. It helps bring dimension and clarity to the graham cracker which helps deliver a more accurate end product. Nothing too out of the box with this one, it just fits.
INW Creme Brulee is what sets this custard apart for me. I mean honestly, this is just another custard, but it has this delectable brown sugar note accompanied by creamy vanilla. It's not quite burnt but more of a bubbly caramelization of sugar. It again, not only brings depth to our custard, but our graham cracker as well. Brown sugar and custard? Sign me up. Sticky brown sugar graham crackers in a delicious vanilla custard? Put me in coach.
And there you have it. Crunchy, crumbly graham crackers and a robust vanilla custard sure to satisfy you bakery heads like me. Hope you enjoy.