10 Things about Ginger

10 things about ginger: 1) It is important in pumpkin spice which is part of a Pumpkin Spice Latte #PSL. 2) It is described as warm, spicy,pungent, woody and/or citrusy. 3) It is commercially available in several different forms: ginger rhizome (fresh "root") ginger powder (dried and ground) ginger essential oil (steam distilled) ginger oleoresin (solvent extracted) ginger CO2 extract (extracted with supercritical carbon dioxide) 4) It is commercially available from many different growing regions: including India, China, Jamaica, Africa, Japan and the Middle East. Each growing region ginger varies in composition and flavor profile. 5) Ginger is used to flavor a variety of  food and beverages: Beverages: … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Flavor

How did pumpkin spice flavor infiltrate our food supply? Flavor scientists were the instigators. We came up with a good flavor and want everyone to use it in every food imaginable. Most flavor scientists are confident (if not egotistical) and believe that everyone will love their creation. Some favorite pumpkin pie flavored foods are: egg nog, waffles, tea, lattes, chocolate, muffins, cakes and ice cream. Typically, pumpkin spice flavor blends well in fatty sweet foods that we typically enjoy in Fall & Winter. Pumpkin Spice Flavor Formula A good pumpkin spice flavor might have the following ingredients: Concentrated Vanilla Extract 10 fold Cinnamon Oleoresin Ginger Oleoresin Clove Oleoresin Nutmeg essential … [Read more...]

Jell-O Pumpkin Spice instant pudding & pie filling, flavor review

Kids and Jell-O Time to put my kids to work! A great way to get kids in the kitchen preparing food is Jell-O instant pie filling. In the case of pumpkin spice, it's an opportunity for my children to make their first pie, Jell-O pudding pumpkin pie. Before preparing the pie filling,we made a graham cracker crust, using a recipe from www.food.com. It took about 15 minutes to make this crust.  Once the crust began to cool, my older daughter followed the directions on the package of Jello-O and  made a traditional pudding pie. She used a crank hand mixer; so I needn't worry about her getting hurt by an electric mixer. My Impression The pie looks delicious, reminiscent of a traditional custard pumpkin pie, but with about 1/8 of the … [Read more...]

Eggo® Waffles Seasons: Pumpkin Spice, limited edition, Flavor Review

Our Sense of Smell I love how the house smells when I bake a pumpkin pie. The smell brings back good memories of Thanksgiving with family. I remember my parents healthy & energetic, my grandmother managing the event and my cousins & siblings playing our annual flag football game. Our sense of smell is the strongest sense of memory. "When nothing else subsists from the past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered· the smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls· bearing resiliently" -Marcel Proust "The Remembrance of Things Past" My Impression Eggo® waffles has captured my Thanksgiving memories with their limited edition pumpkin spice waffle. Pumpkin Spice is one of my … [Read more...]

Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte, flavor review

Starbucks Starbucks President, Howard Schultz states,"we believe you should never be without great coffee". Amen. I am a faithful Starbucks customer. I know when I order a coffee at a Starbucks store, it will always taste amazing. Starbucks unflavored coffee VIA are excellent, the perfect accompaniment on a camping trip; where there is no coffee maker. Flavored coffee VIA is not always so  perfect. Balance is difficult to achieve. Often the flavors pop out, taste artificial and are not balanced. Milk fat flavor Pumpkin Spice latte (PSL) is no exception. There are way too many milk fat notes (capric acid, caprylic acid,lauric acid) popping out of this ready brew mix. Drinking the VIA Pumpkin Spice latte, leaves sour, fatty milk notes … [Read more...]