Extra Dessert Delights Sugar Free Gum, Root Beer Float Flavor

Extra Rootbeer Float sugar free gumRoot 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:

Ethyl maltol 8% 0.5%
Ethyl vanillin 12% 1.5%
Anise oil 15% 4%
Cinnamon oil 3% 1%
Methyl salicylate or Artificial Wintergreen oil 47% 40%
Menthol 10% 15%
Peppermint Oil 0% 35%
Carboxamide(sensate) 5% 3%


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.

chewed Extra root beer float gum



  1. Hi Susie,

    I happened upon your blog (which i am very impressed with!) after recently starting to use an electronic cigarette, and subsequently deciding to do some research on how the flavors of the vaporizing nicotine fluid are put together. If you didn’t already know, an electronic cigarette is a device that vaporizes a propylene glycol solution containing nicotine and flavoring, and is being touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.

    It seems like such an amazing science this one, because not only do flavor scientists have to develop a wealth of knowledge, they also have to do some serious training of their olfactory sense. Amazing really.

    Anyway, i’m not sure what you know of the e-cigarettes, but i just wanted to take this chance to ask an expert such as yourself what you might think the safety aspect of inhaling artificial flavors in a propylene glycol solution? Supposedly no combustion occurs in the vaporizing process, however the atomized inhalant is produced when the PG solution comes into contact with a tiny metal coil heated to approximately 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit).

    This is such a new area of Food/Medicine and i have just wondered what an expert in flavoring chemicals might think of them being inhaled on a regular basis in a propylene glycol mist?

    Great work here, and it is also thoroughly enjoyable to see a dedicated scientist in the throws of truly enjoying their work.

    Stuart – Australia

    • Susie Bautista says:

      HI Stuart: Thank you for your comments. I’ve been exposed some to tobacco flavor chemistry, but I am not well versed in this specialty. There are different safety concerns with flavors for cigarettes (because they are combusted and inhaled). In the United States, flavor chemicals and extracts in flavor for food have only been tested for safety as consumed (not inhaled). There was an unfortunate incident of workers inhaling artificial butter flavor (diacetyl) and ruining their lungs. Flavor ingredients for food have not been exhaustively tested for inhalation safety. Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with a electronic cigarette.

      Great question. I’ll inquire with a tobacco flavorist about their thoughts.

  2. I really want to find this gum now! have you had the apple pie flavor? its incredible. Reminds me of something out of charlie and the chocolate factory.

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