Methyl salicylate, Artificial Wintergreen oil (FEMA 2745)

methyl salicylate

A standard lab experiment in organic chemistry is to convert aspirin(acetylsalicylic acid) to Methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate 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. 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 a little like wintergreen?  Rootbeer also has vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, … [Read more...]

Extra Dessert Delights Sugar Free Gum, Root Beer Float Flavor

Extra Rootbeer Float sugar free gum

Root beer floats are a favorite summer treat in the United States. Believe it or not, root beer is not enjoyed by all cultures and countries. Native Americans introduced root beer and made it using birch bark or wintergreen(characterized by methyl salicylate).  http://tiny.cc/mp4ogw. Most of the world associates the taste of wintergreen with medicine or bathroom cleaner. Americans enjoy wintergreen and root beer flavor in their sweets. Personally, it's difficult for me to imagine not enjoying root beer. In order to provide a proper evaluation of Extra Dessert Delights Root Beer Float gum, I decided to start with a home made root beer float gold standard (vanilla ice cream and root beer). Root beer floats are cool, creamy, sweet, tingly, … [Read more...]