Cocal; 5-Methyl-2 phenyl hexenal FEMA #3199

chocolate cake

Would you volunteer to taste chocolate cakes? Who says no to chocolate? Even though I'm in the middle of a house move and working long hours,I'll manage to find time to judge chocolate cakes this week at the Thurston County Fair. Cake baking contestants can expect a critical assessment of the chocolate flavor in their cakes. Flavor Scientist knows taste is important and I'll stick to the motto of "it's gotta taste good". Chocolate can be made from roasted cocoa beans, milk solids, sugar and vanilla. When formulating a chocolate flavor, I blend flavor "keys": vanilla, milk and cocoa flavors. Each"key"is composed of the chemical aromatics of each component. Cocoa "keys" are formulated using  aldehydes such as: Cocal or 5-Methyl 2-phenyl … [Read more...]

Jif® Chocolate flavored Hazelnut Spread, Flavor Review

Jif Chocolate flavored Hazelnut Spread

Flavor Chemists copy successful food & beverage products on the market. For a budding young Flavor Chemist, this is fun and rewarding. As our career moves forward, we want to improve on successful products. Jif's®Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread is an attempt to improve on the already popular Nutella® Hazelnut Spread with Skim Milk & Cocoa. Improve, because Jif® has natural flavors; as opposed to artificial flavors in Nutella®. We want all natural food products. Jif® Chocolate flavored Hazelnut Spread is a failed flavor matching attempt and pales in comparison to Nutella®. Making artificial flavors into natural flavors can be extremely challenging. Both hazelnut spreads contain similar ingredients: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, … [Read more...]

Ghirardelli Chocolate Triple Fudge Brownie Mix, Review

Ghirardelli Triple Fudge brownie mix

After the Elementary school's Spring carnival, my husband banned all baked goods from our house. He was disgusted with the amount of sweets and baked goods our children consumed during those few hours and irritated with the behavioral issues that stemmed from the bad nutrition. A few days after the carnival, my local IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) had a meeting at Continental Mills (the manufacturer of bake mix brands Ghirardelli brownie and Krusteaz).  John Heily,president of Continental Mills, gave an excellent overview of the company: it's origin, growth and future. He also gave the group of local food professionals a new brownie mix, Ghirardelli Triple Fudge Brownie Mix, to take home and try. My husband still has not lifted … [Read more...]

Nature Valley 100% natural, Protein Chewy bars review

Nature Valley Protein chewy bars

There were two new Nature Valley chewy bars in the grocery store last week:  Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Peanut as well as Almond and Dark Chocolate. The last breakfast snack (belVita Breakfast biscuits) I choose lacked protein, these Nature Valley bars with 10 grams of protein might redeem me. The peanut butter dark chocolate naturally flavored bar was eaten quickly in the car, while drinking a latte. It was confusing: lots of peanut butter flavor, slightly sweet, very chewy with a lingering aftertaste. The fullness of the product seemed to be missing. My expectations were that the bar would be extremely nutty, very sweet and crunchy as well as chewy. After all, the bars appeared to be packed with nuts. When I read the … [Read more...]