Watermelon and 2,6-Dimethyl-5-heptenal (FEMA#2389)

Memorial day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and that means watermelon. Watermelon is the fruit we pack in the cooler for picnics at the park. In contrast, watermelon flavored candies are not a universal American favorite. Some people think only "monsters" like watermelon candy. When LifeSavers Five Flavors replaced the green lime flavored candy with a green watermelon flavored candy, it was a sad day. Like candy blog mentioned we were not asked what flavor we like; they just changed it. Who Likes Watermelon Flavor? Personally, I find that watermelon flavor always seems to taste like cleaner or chemicals. Often, this is because a chemical found in watermelon and known to characterize it, 2,6-Dimethyl-5-heptenal (aka … [Read more...]

Grapes, Grandma and Methyl anthranillate

My grandmother died last month. She's been in my thoughts quite a bit. In fact, just last week, while preparing grapes, I thought of her. Grandma showed me how to prepare grapes by cutting them into little bunches. She said little bunches are handy for grabbing, packing in lunches, and as snacks. Cold Grapes Every summer, I spent at least two weeks at her beach house in Laguna playing in the ocean. After a few "wipe-outs" in the  waves, cold grapes were a good snack. This summer, while vacationing in southern California, I kept with tradition and prepared grape bunches for beach snacks. My kids loved the grapes as well as the ocean and boogie boarding. My last conversation with my grandmother was about my beach vacation and I told her … [Read more...]

Cherry Flavor

Brightly Colored Fruit "When their seeds are ready for transport, plants summon mammals with the strong scents and tastes of ripe fruit".....Michael Pollan, Cooked Anyone who has had a cherry tree decimated by birds knows that animals cannot resist this brightly colored, sweet, aromatic fruit. Mother nature has made fruit impossible to resist because she needs animals to spread seeds. Flavor scientists study mother nature and do their best to mimic her appeal. Our goal is to keep consumers happy and supply good tasting food. We study the aromatics naturally present in fruits as a guide for flavor development. Benzaldehyde I made plenty of cherry flavors, but nothing close to what mother nature has designed. My cherry flavors … [Read more...]

UNREAL41™ Candy Coated Chocolates, UNJUNKED™ Review

Candy is lively, bold and beautiful. Loaded with FD&C certified colors, it comes in bright hues of blue, orange, green, yellow, and red. Is it possible to have beautiful shades of candy without the FD&C colors?   Instead of using certifiable "man made" colors, Unreal™ uses "exempt from certification" natural spice and vegetable extract to color their candies. Unjunked™  touts: No artificials No hydrogenates No corn syrups No preservatives No GMOs The ingredients listed are: Milk Chocolate (chocolate, skim milk, cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, organic blue agave inulin, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), cane sugar, calcium carbonate, colored with(beetroot juice, turmeric root extract, purple cabbage … [Read more...]

Wrigley’s 5, Cobalt cooling peppermint sugar-free gum now in a jar

Wrigley's 5 Cobalt cooling peppermint sugar-free gum is an extremely popular gum. I had several requests to copy this flavor when I was in the industry. Wrigley decided it was popular enough that it would need a dragee form (candy coated pellet gum) and a jar. Thank you Wrigley! The taste of the candy coated pellet gum is a little different from the stick form of Wrigley's 5 Cobalt. The pellet form has much more initial cooling character, less sweet and slightly oxidized (pine needle character). It's still a great gum to freshen your breath, but harsher than the stick form of Wrigley's 5 Cobalt. I'm interested in seeing Wrigley's 5 Rain (Spearmint) in a jar as well. Rain is one of my very most favorite gums.       … [Read more...]

Dove Coconut Creme Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Eggs, Flavor Review

Just in: a new study finds that people who eat chocolate several times a week are leaner than people who don't eat chocolate regularly. Great news for those of us who consider chocolate a  food group. All the more reason to make a big purchase of chocolate this Easter! Dove is marketing a coconut crème chocolate egg for the holidays. Personally, I am averse to chocolate and coconut, but Almond Joy tastes good, so it's worth a shot. How are Dove chocolate coconut eggs?  They are ordinary. Ordinary because I'd like to improve the product by adding real coconut shreds to the coconut oil, natural & artificial flavor and skim milk center. Thankfully the coconut flavor is balanced perfectly with the milk chocolate: just a hint. There is … [Read more...]