Root beer floats are a favorite summer treat in the United States. Believe it or not, root beer is not enjoyed by all cultures and countries. Native Americans introduced root beer and made it using birch bark or wintergreen(characterized by methyl salicylate). http://tiny.cc/mp4ogw. Most of the world associates the taste of wintergreen with medicine or bathroom cleaner. Americans enjoy wintergreen and root beer flavor in their sweets.
Personally, it’s difficult for me to imagine not enjoying root beer. In order to provide a proper evaluation of Extra Dessert Delights Root Beer Float gum, I decided to start with a home made root beer float gold standard (vanilla ice cream and root beer). Root beer floats are cool, creamy, sweet, tingly, spicy and refreshing.
Extra root beer float gum matches the “gold standard”. Initially the chewing gum is sweet, creamy, spicy and tingly. It quickly gets overly sweet, like cotton candy and it is more palatable after a few minutes of chewing. Either the artificial high potency sweeteners (aspartame, acesulfame K, and sucralose) or the flavor components (perhaps ethyl maltol) are contributing to this un-natural syrupy sweetness. After about three to four minutes chewing, the cool light wintergreen character comes out and I would identify this gum flavor as root beer float. A tingle is present through out the chew. I suspect there is a touch of cinnamon in the gum to add a “bite” or perhaps a sensate (artificial cooling agent). I’d have to call this gum ordinary, even though I’m impressed with the concept. It is ordinary, because it’s WAY too sweet and I’d like to try to “tweak” the initial sweetness level.
Wintergreen and Root beer float flavor for gum might have the following mixture:
|Component||ROOT BEER FLOAT||WINTERGREEN|
|Methyl salicylate or Artificial Wintergreen oil||47%||40%|
These formulas are merely starting concepts and would need to be compounded and tested. The point is that wintergreen flavor and root beer flavor have similar ingredients. The biggest difference, noticed between wintergreen and root beer float gum, is the color. Some people who are very “turned off” by the color of root beer float gum: brown. A formula of artificial yellow, blue and red were blended to give the brown color. Extra Root Beer Float sugar free gum is a difficult gum to formulate (sweetness, flavor and color) and it’s an amazing concept. I look forward to more Dessert Delight flavors from Extra.