How did pumpkin spice flavor infiltrate our food supply? Flavor scientists were the instigators. We come up with a good flavor and want everyone to use it in every food imaginable. Most flavor scientists are confident (if not egotistical) and believe that everyone will love their creation and will want to flavor their food products with it.
Some favorite pumpkin pie flavored foods are: egg nog, waffles, tea, lattes, chocolate, muffins, cakes and ice cream. Typically, pumpkin spice flavor blends well in fatty sweet foods that we typically enjoy in Fall & Winter.
A good pumpkin spice flavor might have the following ingredients:
Concentrated Vanilla Extract 10 fold
Nutmeg essential oil
These flavor ingredients taste best in heavy, sweet, creamy foods. Most of us don’t have flavor ingredients in our homes (they are way too powerful). However, most of us have vanilla extract (1 fold) in our spice cabinet. Taste vanilla extract in water (1/2 tsp. in an 8 oz water) and then try it in with sweetened milk (1/2 tsp. in 4 oz milk+4 oz water with 1/2 tbsp. sugar). Big difference! Vanilla extract can be smokey, woody and harsh in water, while tasting sweet, custardy and enhancing in sweetened milk.
Fat and sweetness affect our perception of flavor. Fat can coat the tongue and lighten the effect of an otherwise harsh flavor. Fat also affects our perceived temperature of the food, which affects flavor. Try a non-fat milk and whole milk both stored in the same refrigerator for the same time. Which milk is “colder”. Fat is responsible for causing whole milk to perceived as warm.
Sweetness and sweeteners have a huge impact on flavor perceptions. Try vanilla extract in water without sugar and then add sugar. Sugar makes flavor come alive(it’s a flavor enhancer). A latte uses sugar and fat to build flavor. How does a non-fat, sugar free latte compare to a regular latte?
So where did flavor scientists forget to add pumpkin flavor? Is there a pumpkin caramel our there? How about pumpkin butter popcorn? What’s missing?
Where did flavor scientists go wrong with pumpkin flavor. Is the pumpkin flavored beer any good?