What’s that smell? Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) FEMA 3536

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What's that smell? Who cut the cheese? Is there a gas leak? Did I step on something? What's rotting in the frig? These are some questions you may ask when you walk into a flavor lab where the chemist has been using Dimethyl sulfide (DMS). DMS smells terrible and can politely be described as canned creamed corn. DMS is like a fair maiden in torn clothes; even though it stinks, it makes flavors taste better. A flavor chemist has to see the beauty DMS has to offer. Flavor scientists use DMS in seafood or meat flavors, like crab or chicken and in milk, butter, egg, mayonnaise, malt, vegetable, and fruit flavors. Fruit flavor formulas that  I have created using DMS include raspberry and strawberry. DMS adds the "ripe" note to berry flavors … [Read more...]

Antifreeze added to food and drink?

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Amyl acetate is a fairly inexpensive flavor chemical that smells like banana. I took a small bottle of this aromatic chemical from my flavor lab to use at home. Why? Because Amyl acetate is also a spot and stain remover. Some dry cleaners refer to this spot remover for paint or ink as "banana oil". When I found out a chemical I used to make food flavors was used as a dry cleaning chemical, I was alarmed. Then, once I realized I could  inexpensively and quickly salvage my children's paint stained school clothes with a small bottle of  "banana oil", I relaxed. Chemicals or ingredients that are safe to use in food are found in non-food applications. Recently, I discovered a flavor carrier, propylene glycol, is also useful as an … [Read more...]

Futuristic Food Pills?

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  Does anyone remember the Jetson's cartoon and "food pills"? They came in all sorts of flavors, satisfied biological functional needs and seemed enjoyable to consume? Personally, I don't envision food pills in our futuristic society, but it's an interesting concept. Are food pills in the future because they are convenient? Will they be well accepted? or is it because food pills are safer to consume? Deadly food allergies are increasing, more people are sensitive to gluten,there are deadly new pathogens like E. coli O157:H7 and natural plant materials can be toxic. Realistically, one could make an argument that food pills could provide a safer food supply for our society. In contrast, one could argue that the food "experience" is … [Read more...]

Cocal; 5-Methyl-2 phenyl hexenal FEMA #3199

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Would you volunteer to taste chocolate cakes? Who says no to chocolate? Even though I'm in the middle of a house move and working long hours,I'll manage to find time to judge chocolate cakes this week at the Thurston County Fair. Cake baking contestants can expect a critical assessment of the chocolate flavor in their cakes. Flavor Scientist knows taste is important and I'll stick to the motto of "it's gotta taste good". Chocolate can be made from roasted cocoa beans, milk solids, sugar and vanilla. When formulating a chocolate flavor, I blend flavor "keys": vanilla, milk and cocoa flavors. Each"key"is composed of the chemical aromatics of each component. Cocoa "keys" are formulated using  aldehydes such as: Cocal or 5-Methyl 2-phenyl … [Read more...]

Coffee and Furfuryl mercaptan FEMA 2493

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Small houses keep a family close. My childhood home was built in the 1950's and it is small and cozy. The kitchen has a dining room table that has a view of "out back". "Out back" is not small. There are five acres in which we raised cattle and hundreds of acres beyond which cattle once roamed. I have fond memories of mornings eating breakfast, looking out and smelling coffee. Perhaps this is why coffee is my favorite beverage. Furfuryl mercaptan (otherwise known as coffee mercaptan) is the characterizing component of coffee. Coffee flavor and Furfuryl mercaptan are generated by a roasting process and a chemical reaction called the Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction is one of the most important reactions in food flavor … [Read more...]

Erin’s Jalapeño White Cheddar Popcorn, flavor review

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Jalapeño brings in 2013 with a bang!  Erin's all natural Jalapeño White Cheddar Popcorn is amazing. Once I got over my fear that this popcorn would set my mouth ablaze, I ate over half the bag. Did I already kill my new year's resolution to eat healthier? Not so much: Erin's is high in fiber and "about half the bag" is merely 300 cal. Whew! Erin's also advertises on the back panel that their popcorn is a great choice for healthy snacking. Erin's is manufactured by the same company that makes Tim's potato chips. Tim's offers a jalapeño flavor as well, but I've never been brave enough to try it. I'm a whimp when it comes to hot food. Jalapeño and white cheddar are the perfect combination. The flavor reminds me of really good nachos. The … [Read more...]

Going inside the lab behind ne…

Going inside the lab behind new flavors | http://t.co/X3fZAVlf: http://t.co/kR417vPE … [Read more...]

Candy corn is the hot flavor t…

Candy corn is the hot flavor this Halloween | http://t.co/hg6AoRsm via @TIMEMoneyland … [Read more...]

Pancake lovers rejoice: Canada…

Pancake lovers rejoice: Canada's stolen strategic maple syrup reserve has been found! http://t.co/brpm2RMw via @HuffPostFood … [Read more...]

Not just for Halloween, pumpki…

Not just for Halloween, pumpkin is the new bacon! http://t.co/y7FkQfjT via @TodayMoney … [Read more...]