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

Would you volunteer to taste chocolate cakes? Who says no to chocolate? I am in the middle of a house move and working long hours, but I will find time to judge chocolate cakes at the Thurston County Fair. Cake baking contestants should expect a critical assessment of the chocolate flavor in their cakes. Ingredients in chocolate You need roasted cocoa beans, milk solids, sugar and vanilla the make chocolate.I blend flavor "keys"(vanilla, milk and cocoa flavors) to make chocolate flavor. Each"key"contains chemical aromatics of each component. Cocoa "keys" use aldehydes such as: Cocal or 5-Methyl 2-phenyl hexenal (FEMA #3199): a POWERFUL aromatic which characterizes cocoa when used at a very low level. A general flavor description is … [Read more...]

Jif® Chocolate flavored Hazelnut Spread, Flavor Review

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...]

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...]

Brown & Haley Dark ROCA, review

Brown & Haley is an over 80-year-old company in Tacoma,WA. Fortunately for me, Brown & Haley has an office and outlet store one block away from my workplace in Fife, WA. I can quickly stop in and pick up treats for friends, family and myself. We know Brown & Haley for their iconic Almond ROCA, the candy you'd sneak from the candy dish on your grandmother's coffee table. Brown & Haley continuously releases new products including Dark ROCA. Dark ROCA is so good, it won an award for the most innovative gourmet & premium product at the annual National Confectioners Association Sweet & Snack Expo (http://www.sweetsandsnacks.com/learn_more.cfm) Usually, See's candy is my preferred gourmet chocolate of choice, but Dark … [Read more...]

Nature Valley 100% natural, Protein Chewy bars review

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...]

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...]

Kraft Philadelphia Chocolate Cream Cheese Spreads, Indulgence review

My kids are in seventh heaven. We have all three chocolate cream cheese spreads from Kraft in our house.  We have chosen to try them on vanilla wafers with blueberries or crushed peppermint candy on top. To my daughter's delight, she got to pack a  blueberry bagel with dark chocolate cream cheese spread for lunch. It's like Christmas. These new Kraft chocolate cream cheese spreads are definitely indulgent. Frosting and chocolate cream cheese spread have similar calorie and fat content. Cream Cheese spread has slightly lower calories (120  for 2 tbsp. vs. 140 for prepared chocolate frosting), some calcium (4% DV) and cholesterol. Prepared frosting (such as Duncan Hines Creamy Chocolate) has natural and artificial flavors added. White … [Read more...]

Pretzel Crisps review, white chocolate & peppermint flavored

These yummy pretzels were another good find at Target. I honestly didn't think too much of them when I saw them. Pretzels and peppermint don't sound good.  However, it was nearly impossible to stop eating these Pretzel Crisps once I started. They were so good.  The buttery crisp, salty pretzel blends well with the sweet, milky creamy vanilla coating. The cool, sweet peppermint candy compliments the buttery creaminess perfectly. Interestingly enough, no FD&C colors were used in this snack. The manufacturer, Snack Factory, used beet juice for coloring in the peppermint candy. Traditionally, FD&C colors are used in candy, they are brighter, stronger, easier to use, and less expensive. Lately, consumers are looking for more natural … [Read more...]

Silk all natural soymilk, Mint Chocolate review

I'm a fan of Silk soymilk products. Silk's soymilk vanilla creamer is delicious and amazing in coffee.  Silk soymilk mint chocolate sounded like something my girls might like (since they love Westsoy's mint chocolate soymilk); so I gave it a try. I did not look at the ingredients or label closely and later realized that it was sweetened with Stevia. Stevia tends to be bitter and have a lingering aftertaste. I was hopeful that this product would taste good, since it was the Silk brand and it contained evaporated cane juice as well as Stevia.  Silk soymilk mint chocolate is pretty good as a cold beverage: creamy, sweet, nice mint flavor, low soy notes; but it is lacking in fullness & chocolate flavor. Unfortunately, my daughters don't … [Read more...]

Fudge Covered Ritz, Limited Edition Review

The Enrober Some people look forward to Christmas or their birthday, I look forward to chocolate enrobing day at the flavor lab. An enrober is a machine used to melt chocolate so that it can coat candy centers, nuts, crackers, caramel, marshmallow, etc. The process of enrobing involves placing the items on the enrober's feed band (conveyor belt) and passing them under a waterfall of chocolate that completely coats them. After being coated, the conveyor belt transports the item to a place where it can be cooled. Seldom do I run the enrober, but the applications manager (affectionately called the candy lady) usually allows other lab members to bring in snacks to coat with the extra chocolate.  Some brazen lab members bring a spoon to … [Read more...]