There’s money in Menthol

Cool, Clean Feeling 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. World Wide Production of Menthol 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. Natural Menthol Naturally, peppermint oil (Mentha piperita) contains approximately 35-45% menthol and corn mint oil (Mentha arvensis) contains 65-75% menthol. Mentha arvensis is largely … [Read more...]

Methyl salicylate, Artificial Wintergreen oil (FEMA 2745)

Aspirin conversion to Methyl salicylate A standard lab experiment in organic chemistry is to convert aspirin(acetylsalicylic acid) to Methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate(FEMA 2745) is an ester which smells sweet, is strong, is approved for use in food and is the characterizing flavor of wintergreen. Wintergreen flavor is very popular in the United States. Countries like Japan and Italy think it's most suitable for cleaning bathrooms, but not for eating.   My Impression Personally, Wintergreen is one of my favorite flavors. It not only adds cool minty flavor, it adds sweetness. You can taste wintergreen in toothpastes, candies, gums, rootbeer, and bubble gum. Yes, that's right, root beer. Try a swig of rootbeer;  doesn't it taste … [Read more...]

Starbuck’s Via Cool Lime Refreshers, flavor review

Starbucks, you stole my idea!  Thank you, because I love your new Cool Lime Refreshers™. Seven years of my life were spent blending mint with all sorts of flavor combinations. My favorite mint variety to blend with fruity notes is Native Spearmint (Mentha spicata): herbal, green leafy, tea like and dry. Scotch Spearmint(Mentha gracilis) is preferred for chewing gum: creamy, green and buttery. Truthfully, I never perfected the mint blend: Starbucks did with their Refreshers™ Cool Lime. Some successful flavors I made were pear mint, melon mint and key lime mint. If I were to mix all these flavors, I'd have Cool Lime Refreshers™; perfection!  The Starbucks Via box claims Cool Lime combines kaffir lime, hints of mint, … [Read more...]