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...]

Wheat Thins Sweet Cinnamon Limited Edition review

Tis the season. Along with the holidays come mint, cinnamon, and egg nog flavored goodies. Wheat Thins is celebrating by stocking the shelves with  a sweet cinnamon flavored cracker. My first thought was, Wheat Thins are so delicious, why ruin them?  After a bit, I concluded that the slight sweetness of a wheat thin cracker might go well with cinnamon and sugar a decided to buy some. Strangely enough, cinnamon sugar and wheat are a nice flavor combination.  As one reviewer stated, like crossing a churro with a wheat thin. I agree.http://www.phoood.com/weblog/archives/000397.html When I first put a cinnamon flavored wheat thin in my mouth I get a nice burst of cinnamon & sugar enhanced with a slight salty character. A pinch of salt … [Read more...]