Apple Flavor Esters

Apple Capital Americans love apples, hence the saying "As American as Apple pie". In Washington state, Apples are the largest agriculture crop with over 100 million 40 pound boxes being harvested annually. Last week I traveled to the "Apple Capital of the World", Wenatchee, WA. I was in meeting rooms most of the time, but I did manage to get out and purchase a big bag of Honeycrisp apples for home. My family never understood the fuss about Honeycrisp; until now. My children traditionally favor Gala or Fuji apples, but this bag of Honeycrisp apples opened our senses to what a truly a delicious apple Honeycrisp is. Next time, I will buy a crate of apples, because this bag only lasted a few days. These Honeycrisp apples were perfectly crisp, … [Read more...]

Limited Edition Apple Crisp Flavored Yoplait yogurt, flavor review

The Sense of Smell We have a heightened sense of smell when we are hungry. Our sense of smell is what allows us to perceive flavor in our food; hence when we plug our noses and chew cinnamon raisin toast, all we taste is sweet, but when we unplug our nose we taste the cinnamon and raisin.     My Impression When I first tried the new limited edition Apple Crisp Yoplait yogurt, I was hungry. I could taste fresh apple pie with oatmeal/brown sugar crumble on top. This yogurt is delicious and very balanced. The second time I ate this yogurt, I did not catch-all the "nuances" that I did when I was hungry, but it is still just as delicious. The flavor in Apple Crisp Yoplait is amazing. I'm in awe of the flavor scientist that … [Read more...]

Life Apple Cinnamon Crunchtime multigrain cereal, flavor review

  I'm a seasoned food professional and I got duped by this product.Life Apple Cinnamon Crunchtime is low in sugar (7 gm per 3/4 cup cereal), because it is sweetened with Reb A (a natural high potency sweetener from the Stevia plant). As I've said in earlier posts, Stevia is not a favorite ingredient of mine. Not until I tasted the product, did I realize that the sweetness was "different". High potency sweeteners mimic sugar's sweetness but do not taste the same. For me, stevia has a lingering licorice aftertaste and it is prominent in this cereal. My wish is to have food companies label it boldly on the front of the package, instead of making me search for the Reb A on the label. It's difficult to see Reb A in the ingredient … [Read more...]

Extra Dessert Delights sugarfree gum Apple Pie review

It's never easy to have a holiday weekend come to an end. Personally, I celebrated with two dinners and lots of left overs. Celebrating involved gorging. There was ham, turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, stuffing, cranberries,  fresh rolls, appetizers, cheese plates, spinach dip, pumpkin pie and apple pie. My recovery plan is lots of water, exercise and healthy, low-calorie food. It's going to be difficult to resist the homemade apple pie I have in the fridge, though. Thankfully, Wrigley has my back and came out with the gum line Extra Dessert Delights sugar-free gum. One of their more recent launches is apple pie. I love apple pie, but will it be good as a chewing gum flavor? Well, Extra gum isn't AS good as apple pie, but it is … [Read more...]