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 this. Animals cannot resist brightly colored, sweet, aromatic fruits. 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 have created plenty of cherry flavors, but none were close to what mother nature has designed.  My cherry flavors … [Read more...]

Cheribundi Ginger Cherry Juice review

Tart cherry juice is all the rage this year! Exotic super fruit juices (acai berry, mangosteen) are losing ground to local fruits and berries. I'm delighted with this trend and excited to try some of the new juice beverages in the fresh produce section. One of these juice products is Cheribundi's Ginger Cherry juice. The cherry juice in this beverage is advertised as coming from 50 cherries and not from concentrate. There is no added water on the ingredient statement, and the ingredient statement reads (in descending order): tart cherry juice, apple juice (from concentrate), ginger juice and natural flavors. Cherry ginger is a new flavor combination. There exists one other beverage: a cherry ginger soda from Reed and several recipes … [Read more...]

Fage Greek Yogurt Review

As a flavorist and food technologist, I have been extremely fortunate in my career. A large part of my work is tasting products. Evaluating Greek yogurts on the market has been a treat. Especially when it comes to Fage.  It is one of the more expensive yogurts on the market, sometimes listed at $1.89 and it is delicious. I recently tried two flavors (1) Strawberry with 2% milk fat and (2)Cherry Pomegranate with 0% milk fat. Fage yogurt is uniquely packaged, with two cups; one large cup for yogurt and one small cup for fruit. The serving suggestion is not to stir.  Therefore, I scooped out a little yogurt and dipped it in the fruit. The 2% milk fat Greek yogurt that came with the strawberry fruit was amazing: creamy like butter and … [Read more...]

One a Day VitaCraves Gummies, review

Gummy Vitamins I wonder how many parents are guilty of eating their children's gummy bear vitamins? I know I am. At this time, besides the occasional children's gummy vitamin, I take Vitamin D. Doctors in the Northwest recommend extra Vitamin D. In the past, I've taken multivitamins, but they taste bad, are difficult to swallow and sometimes cause me to vomit. While reviewing the nutritional content of my multivitamin(which I almost never take), I realize the VitaCrave gummies from One a Day® are lacking in nutritional content. There is no Iron, Calcium and Magnesium. I find this to be true of all the gummy multivitamins(children's as well). Gummy vitamins add sugar and calories to your diet, but if you can't get the regular … [Read more...]