There’s money in Menthol

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Menthol is the most important flavoring chemical. Without menthol it would be difficult to get that cool clean feeling when we brush our teeth or chew gum. Cough syrups and drops wouldn't cool the throat and open nasal passages. In 2007, it was estimated that production of menthol was in excess of 19,000 metric tons.  Because of it's importance, there is a huge demand for this flavor chemical. It is a natural material and therefore subject to price fluctuations as a result of envrionmental conditions. Naturally, peppermint oil (Mentha piperita) contains approximately 35-45% menthol and corn mint oil (Mentha arvensis) contains 65-75% menthol. Mentha arvensis is largely grown in India and used to produce menthol. Because menthol is a … [Read more...]

Stride Shaun White mintacular artificially flavored sugar free chewing gum

Shaun White Mintacular

Shaun White is spectacular, but the chewing gum mintacular is not. It warms anyone's heart to hear the story of  Shaun White overcoming a heart defect and eventually become an Olympic athlete. Mintacular, however,  is just ANOTHER spearmint and melon artificially flavored chewing gum. The flavor reminds me of  a cleaning compound or a shampoo, it is very cosmetic. The aqua color seems a bit cosmetic as well. A current trend is spearmint gum is to combine it with an artificial melon flavor.  Spearmint gums from  Stride, Trident and Mentos all have this flavor blend.  Wrigley 5 Rain and Ice Breaker Ice Cube spearmint gums have an authentic spearmint flavor.  Spearmint and melon flavored gums on the market are reliant on synthetic l-Carvone … [Read more...]

Orbit wildberry remix sugar free chewing gum review

Orbit Wildberry Remix

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...]