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

What's that smell? Who cut the cheese? Is there a gas leak? Did I step on something? What's rotting in the frig? Dimethyl Sulfide 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. In Flavors 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 … [Read more...]

Blackberries and Ionones, Irones and Damascones

Vines Rows and rows of wild blackberries grew in the pasture behind my childhood home. I will forever remember the fragrant smell of these wild berries on a warm summer night. When I began my flavor chemist training, my first impression of elderflower absolute was ripe wild blackberries on a hot summer night. The smell of wild blackberries drying in the hot summer sun is deliciously sweet, slightly floral, yet full of ripe berry richness. My siblings,the neighbor kids and I would fill empty stainless steel milk buckets with the berries. Sometimes, we made a cobbler, but most times, we just ate the berries we picked. Currently, my home in the Northwest U.S. is surrounded by wild blackberry plants. I love to inhale their delicious odor … [Read more...]

Orbit wildberry remix sugar free chewing gum review

Often I hear "our world is getting smaller".  When people say that; they are referring to the ease of travel or transportation. How about food and flavor? When I visited Italy 10 years ago, a very popular confection & beverage flavor was forest fruits. Forest flavors is portrayed with pictures of blackberries, blueberries and raspberries and is always somewhat floral. My first impression of the Orbit wildberry remix is that it's forest fruits flavor from Europe. When I opened the packaged and smelled the gum, though, I changed my mind. Orbit Wildberry Remix smells just like grape soda or grape candy flavor for kids. Initially, the gum was juicy, sweet and flavorful. It reminded me of a berry flavored Starburst, and I love Starbursts. … [Read more...]

SoBe lifewater black & blue berry review

Northwest Berries The only way to truly know what a fruit or vegetable tastes like is to try it fresh and ripe. Moving to the Northwest has given me the opportunity to try other fresh fruits and vegetables. Some new favorites are raspberries and blueberries. In fact, I like blueberries so much, I planted some in my backyard. Before moving here, I would have describe blueberries as floral or green; maybe even watery. Blueberries are a touch more complex when picked ripe. They have a nice full sweetness, a touch of a floral character, some seedy notes, nice juiciness and a subtle tartness. My Impression The SoBe lifewater black & blueberry has an excellent flavor. It is distinctly blueberry with a nice juicy, sweet, seedy and full … [Read more...]

UP2U Mentos Gum (Fresh Mint/Berry Watermelon) review

Youthful and Fun Good thing I learned to text, or I might not understand what UP2U meant. I'm technical, but occasionally behind the times, preferring to talk rather than text. This Mentos gum is definitely youthful & fun. Mint Berry Watermelon The first pack I tried was the Fresh Mint Berry Watermelon mix. When I took the gum out of the cellophane wrapping, I was overcome with aroma (creamy peppermint with some sour fruity character). I knew the flavor was going to be strong. The berry watermelon initial taste was a jammy berry with some floral and melon notes. Quickly, it went to a cool, but sour berry gum with green character. Then there was a minty taste, but with a bad ashy character. Initially, I would say the flavor was … [Read more...]