A fresh honeydew forward melon soda for y'alls!
FLV Citrus Soda the only flavor that gives me that "fizzy" feeling. I usually think it needs some help from another tangy lemon lime flavor, but here I opted to use FLV Lemonade instead, to kind of sweeten it, rather than making it pop. I think it works great together with the melons, as they are so sweet, so the sweeter citruses blends great.
FLV Wild Melon is just an incredible flavor by itself, a blend of many different melons all mashed together. I opted to make the honeydew part even more prominent by adding FLV Honeydew, which can be a bit thick if you use it too high, but at 1% I think it does just what it should here, add even more of that great honeydew flavor.
FLV Cucumber was just some experiment I did, but I think it turned out great, as this flavor in particular has a quite distinct almost salty cucumber note to it, and cucumber/melons are a well known pairing. It's used relatively low here, so you have to look for it to taste it, but I think it adds a great juicyness and complexity to the whole mix.
WS-23 for cooling, as a soda should be cold! This is optional though, and use at your own prefered percentage, but I highly recommend it.
I want to preface this by saying I have never been to Japan, and I have never had a Macha ice cream, so the probability of this being authentic is probably pretty low. It is however very yummy! What I could read about macha ice cream, it's supposed to be bitter due to the macha flavor, but as always with vaping, there is no "ice cream" flavor, so you kind of have to use a thick vanilla cream in order to make an "ice cream". The vanilla note you get here is probably more prominent than you need, but it's just so damn good.
When I planned this recipe, I also made a few other versions with other ice cream bases, one was with LB Vanilla Ice Cream + TFA Vanilla Swirl, and one was with FW Vanilla Bean Ice Cream + TFA Vanilla Swirl. My thought going in to this was that FW VBIC was going to be the best one, as it's not as eggy and a little bit sweeter than the other versions I made. I was very wrong though, and I'm glad I made this final version, as it's by far the one that blends best with the floral macha notes.
This has been a very fun recipe to work on, trying to nail down which flavors that would make this authentic, but also translate well in to a vape recipe.
The first thing that had to be done was get the crepe/pancake right. WF Crepe SC was a given choice here, as it has that light and soft dough note, everything you want from a pancake/crepe flavor. By itself it is a bit too light though, especially when you’re throwing a lot of other powerful flavors on top.
I know that @foment_life used CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl in combination with WF SC Crepe in his Breakfast of the Gods recipe, something which is perfect here – as the Crepe needs a bit more dough to stand out, and we also need that cinnamon spice for the filling.
I did experiment a bit with other combinations such as LB Belgian Waffle (which also has a slight cinnamon note), and FLV Rich Cinnamon, but I found none of them to be as good as the WF Crepe/CAP CDS combo, as the cinnamon note should be “just there” to make it as authentic as possible. CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl v2 can be used as sub for the v1, I have tried with both and I honestly don't taste any significant difference.
Next up was trying to find a good flavor to replicate the palm sugar syrup, which is used both for the filling and garnish. WF SC Molasses turned out to be the best choice here, I’m not 100% convinced it’s the most authentic, but it is however by far the most yummy, as it has that brown sugar note that plays great with the coconut. The other flavor I experimented with was VT Golden Syrup, but the caramel note in there makes the recipe way too sweet to enjoy for longer periods of time. I wouldn't recommend trying to sub the molasses, it's very unique, especially how it interacts with the sweet coconut notes.
Third, the coconut BOMB. Look at the picture and you’ll see how coconut heavy this recipe is. The whole filling is just heaps and heaps of grated coconut, so the coconut needs to be a very good tasting main note, and also have a great body to it. This has been by far the toughest part of the recipe, as the very flaky texture is hard to achieve, so you just have to settle for how yummy they are.
My conclusion of this is that you can actually use 2 different combinations, but there is 1 flavor that has to be in there no matter what – FLV Coconut. It’s the only flavor that really has that thick (almost) grated coconut feel to it. It’s extremely potent, so use it with caution. DO NOT KNUCKLE TEST THIS FLAVOR!!!!
The second flavor that I landed on is FA Coconut, I think it also has some of the same qualities as FLV Coconut, it’s a bit flakey but also brings some of a milky note. Together they make a great thick and very yummy coconut flavor.
The third flavor that can be used as a sub for FA Coconut is FLV Sweet Coconut. This is by no means a bad sub at all, and I think some people might even prefer it. I don’t though, because I don’t think it has the same body, so not as authentic. I’d recommend using FLV Sweet Coconut at 1.5% if you plan on subbing.
VT Dessicated Coconut could maybe also be an option for the cocobomb, I'm not sure it would taste better, but maybe more authentic. It is was out of stock on Chefs so no way for me to get it just yet.
Last, I’d say the lime could be left out, but I feel it does precisely the same job as the lime in the real dish – by adding a strong contrasting note it elevates the other flavors. I also think it makes for a much more pleasant vape, as the other flavors can become a bit boring in the longer run. VT Shisha Lime was the best choice as it doesn’t water down the other flavors as much as other limes.
I did also experiment a lot with different dragon fruits, as it’s a common topping to use. I did however realize that I had to scrap that idea, as there was just no way to make this possible as it’s such a “weak” flavor.
SOME PINK CLOUDS FOR Y'ALL!
After trying out @eyemakepizza 's Lemon Basil Ice Cream, I got inspired to do a bit of a different ice cream myself.
I knew I wanted to make something with FLV Rose Essence and FLV Lychee. Pairing them with raspberry felt compelling, and once I tried it, it didn't dissapoint. I felt that I wanted to have the raspberry "just there", to bring that sweet yummyness without taking over. The rose is definitley the star here, even if the flavor in itself is pretty light, it makes the recipe very smooth. The lychee can easily get funky if you use it too high, but here I think it pairs great with the raspberry to make it more of a nondescript berry sweetness, while also adding a body to it, something that the rose is lacking.
I can see how this recipe might frighten some people when they see all the floral flavors, but honestly, if you like berries and cream kind of vapes, you'll like this. Rose Essence is very light and when I vape this it feels like I'm puffing on pink clouds.
LB Vanilla Ice Cream is pretty much the gold standard lately when you're making an ice cream (imo). Great mouthfeel that you want an ice cream to have, and a perfect balance between the sweet and eggy notes. 3% felt perfect for this, considering the other ingredients that are a bit on the lighter side.
TFA Vanilla Swirl is just a perfect match for LB VIC, since it's light on the body but has an amazing sweetness and vanilla note to it. There's a good reason why these two flavors are used so much together, they're just a match made in heaven.
CAP Hibiscus is a very versatile flavor, and is perfect to use as sweetener for berries & florals. It's not used for flavor here, but rather to add some extra sweetness, while acting as bridge between the creams and the florals. Thanks to @apexified for this suggestion!
INW Raspberry is hands down my favourite raspberry flavor, and one of the best berry flavors out there. It can be a bully and it can become wierd if used too high. At 0.5% it is slightly muted by the vanilla swirl, and just adds a touch of that amazing raspberry flavor that pairs extremely well with both the lychee and rose.
FLV Lychee is very sweet, has a great body to it, and also some funky floral notes that I just love. This can be hard to work with, if you use it higher it will become too funky, but here at 0.5% it adds a nice sweet body, while acting as a bridge between the sweet raspberry and light floral rose.
FLV Rose Essence .. it feels wierd to say that the rose is the star here, but it is. It's such a "light" flavor with a nonexistant body, but with the ice cream base, and the sweet berry/lychee body it adds that final touch to it, a very pleasant "calm" and fresh feel to the mix.
Ginger Lemongrass Honey Tea for y'alls.
So I wanted to try recreate this "health tea" in vape form, and I think it's pretty spot on. Ginger and lemongrass are said to have many health benefits, feel free to read up on it and try it if you already haven't.
FLV Eisai Tea brings the green tea flavor, it's slightly fruity, earhty and dry which is a perfect base for this beverage.
FLV Ginger is a relatively sweet ginger syrup, which is much needed here to get the balance right as some of the other flavors can be a bit dry.
FLV Lemon Grass is slightly sharp but a spot on lemon grass flavor. The bitterness helps the tea get an even more authentic feeling and pairs beautifully with the ginger to give a very fresh and unique taste.
FLV Honey Bee is known to have a floral note, but I think that gets completely buried here. It gives the tea a very very pleasant honey mothfeel and almost nectar type sweetness. Highly recommend this flavor if you need a honey for teas.
This can be shake and vaped, but a day or two will make it better.
Shout out to @nowar for all the support <3
The idea behind this recipe started in the DIY_eJuice discord, where we were just bullshitting in the lobby one day, coming up with words that rhymed with "soda". Yoda came up, so I figured, being the "soda man" and all, why not give a "yoda soda" a shot.
So I started thinking, what are the characteristics of Yoda? First off, he's green. What "green" flavors do I have? Lime, Cactus, Apple, Pear, Honeysuckle, Hibiscus were on the shortlist (yes I know their flowers aren't green, but I considered all florals "green" for this purpose).
He's also an elder. That's where Elderflower came in to the picture.
So now I had all these flavors in mind, time to make this actually taste good.
The soda part is something I've worked with a lot, so of course I had to use my go-to fizz base: FLV Citrus Soda, CAP Lemon Lime & WS-23. As true effervescence is not (yet) possible to achieve in vape form, I feel that the sprite esque citrus notes from those flavors is as close as you can get to vaping a soda.
FLV Elderflower became the main part I wanted to build around, and I know that pear and elderflower is a great pairing. FA Pear is perfect for that as it's very sweet, something that is needed to make the recipe balanced against the funky florals and sharp citruses.
TFA Honeysuckle was on the short list, and it is sort of a "funky pear" so I think it's a perfect match here to help the pear with the sweet part, and also bring a more funky vibe to the whole recipe.
As I did a first test mix with those flavors, I knew I was on the right path. The flavors all pair beautifully with eachother and the overall feeling you get from it is very refreshing. After that it was all about finding the right balance between the sharp citruses, funky florals and sweet pear. It took quite a few attempts to get the balance between the elderflower, honeysuckle and lemon lime right, but I think it ended up great. I wouldn't nesscesarily say that it tastes like "yoda".. whatever that would be, but I think the common thread in the recipe is make makes this a yoda soda.
TLDR flavor notes;
FLV Citrus Soda & CAP Lemon Lime acts as the sprite esque soda base, WS-23 adds the cooling which further enhances the soda feeling.
FA Pear adds a very sweet and authentic pear flavor. It's very juicy which helps the mix with the freshness.
TFA Honeysuckle pairs great with the pear to give that funky sweetness, it helps sweeten the citruses and adds some complexity to the mix.
FLV Elderflower adds a floral touch, although it's a bit sweeter than other flowers, and a little musky. I think the sweet-tart flavor that blueberries usually have, this is in the same realm as that.
Simple and tasty chocolate and banana cream mix.
I don't think the flavors needs much description, apart from VT Devon Cream, which has a fantastic chocolate note to it. To me it's a full-out chocolate flavor. MB Glamour Chocolate a lighter slightly milky chocolate, and it's the reason why this needs around a week of steeping, since it takes a while for that chocolate flavor to fully develop.
Sweetener is highly recommended for this mix, TFA 1% or CAP 0.5%.
WS-23 works here too, if that's your thing.
Easy to mix, hard to define.
Actually it's not that hard to define, I just thought that sounded cool. The taste is very similar to a licorice ice cream, but with a bit thicker mouthfeel. Personally I think this can be shake and vaped. The vanilla note is a bit more prominent the first few days, but as always with custards they start to shine after a bit of a steep.
FA Black Touch it a great licorice flavor that is very much like Scandinavian licorice candy.
FA Custard Premium is not available in the US AFAIK, but you guys don't seem to like black licorice either so I guess thats fine. Here's a couple of European sites that sell it:
UK - https://chefsflavours.co.uk/custard-prem-flavourart/
Denmark - https://dindamp.dk/en/flavourart-aroma/1283-2622-flavourart-premium-custard-aroma-originalemallage.html
This is very much a work in progress, but I wanted to share it anyway because I enjoy it a lot, and I think it's a bit unique. I think a lot of Northern Europeans are going to like this. Feedback is very much apriciated! Keep mixing wierd stuff all you beautiful folks out there <3
I love the fruit/floral combo that @RockyHarlow uses in his "Rainforest" recipe. It's hard to describe with words what it tastes like, since it's more of an abstract work of art, but I think his name "Rainforest" fits very well. The sweetness of the guava, sweet/floral honeysuckle and funky cactus makes for a very interesting combination.
As I keep throwing things at my soda base (FLV Citrus Soda, CAP Lemon Lime & WS-23), I think this combo turned out great. It preserves the unique taste of the original mix, but adds a slight fizzyness to it.
This is a relatively popular ice cream combo in Northern Europe, elderflower has been used here for decades (centuries maybe?), mainly as a spice to cover up the offnotes in moonshine, but it has also made its way in to ice creams, cordials and candy.
You might call this a lazy mix, and indeed it is. But as the vanilla is a main component here, there is no better vanilla ice cream base than the one by @eyemakepizza. It's elegant and tasty, and by adding the elderflower it gives a new interesting dimension to that rich vanilla yummyness.
FLV Elderflower is an amazing flavor that works well with both creams and fruits.