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Results tests on Spices, Etc. all-natural Lime/Orange/Cherry

post #1 of 43
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I had some people ask me to post what I think of the all-natural flavorings I purchased from Spices, Etc. I started with the Lime, Cherry and Orange, putting them in Antonia74s RI. I am happy to post that I am very, very pleased with them. I am doing ice cream and summery treats cookies and wanted to make the cookies actually taste like the flavor they appear to be take a bite into an Orange Creamsicle cookie and have it actually taste like orange, or lime or cherry. thumbs_up.gif

For this initial testing, I put the flavors just in the RI itself as I already had cookies baked up and ready for RI flavor testing when the box came yesterday. I eventually plan to test flavors into the cookie dough itself as well, but for now, the testing is on the RI. I mixed up a batch of Antonia74s RI and separated them into different bowls. I added my colors and then the appropriate flavors (Lime, Orange and Cherry) for the separate ice cream flavors. I was doing small batches and added it to taste.

As for the flavors themselves, the Lime is nice and strong. The Orange was perfect and I liked the Cherry as well. The Cherry has a color tint to it, but as I was adding pink, it did not matter. If I were doing white, I would counterbalance it with Americolor White, but plan to use Cherry with pink and red anyway, so for me, that is not an issue. The cookies dried overnight and I just tested them to see how well the flavors held and they indeed did! Very yummy! Oh, and no discoloring or odd drying from using the flavorings, but I didnt expect issues anyway as they are all-natural.

So thumbs up on the first test of these flavors! GeminiRI ordered also, so we can see what she thinks of the Lime, as I know she got that one. I have several more flavors to test and as I do, I will post them with their own posting listing the flavor tested. I plan to do coconut next, playing with it in the dough and in the icing. I expect that will be good as Cook's Illustrated rated it the the best of the coconuts it tested, which started me on this whole journey of trying to find good quality, all-natural flavorings. I will also be very interested to test the clear vanilla as well as I want vanilla taste in my RI, but not the tint I get from my normal vanilla and or the artificial ingredients in other clear vanillas, so this all-natural clear one has peaked my interest.

So, so far, so good! icon_biggrin.gif I will be passing out these prototype cookies to taste testers today and making up another larger batch for the swim team concession stand for Monday and I will tell you how that goes. I just like that I can offer something different as I have been getting tired of having the same flavors again and again. It has breathed a bit of new life into my cookie-ing and I have already ordered more, excited at the flavor combinations and possibilities.
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post #2 of 43
So the lime and orange flavorings had no color? Wonderful to know. The key lime is white, so I figured it would be good in the icing as well as the dough. Unfortunately, I have to go out of town and won't be able to try out my new flavors for a while. Not to mention a custom cutter I ordered just showed up, too! And I won't have computer access, so my withdrawal will be doubly hard, knowing that you're posting all this information and I'll have to wait to read it! I guess it'll give me something to look forward to when I get back home.
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post #3 of 43
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The Orange is a creamy whitish and the Lime is the same. Neither really tinited my RI color. thumbs_up.gif I also have Butter to try and it is has a bit of color, but I don't think it will pose an issue. Coconut is a creamy lightish color. Key Lime is a creamy white. Tangerine is yellow, but as I plan to do it with orange coloring, I am not worried. Lemon is completely clear as is Almond. The Vanilla Two Fold (double strength) is traditional vanilla extract colored and I did just a quick, mini test. It was delicious and obviously did tint the RI, which I could counterbalance with Americolor Bright White. However,I will try the Clear Vanilla coming in Monday's box first before I start adding the Bright White to the Two Fold. I did love the Two Fold though and will be interested to see the taste difference with the Two Fold Vanilla vs. regular strength in the dough itself.

I hope you have a nice trip! I will post any experimenting I do with the flavors tested listed in the subject line and post more about the response of my cookie tasters to the Lime, Orange and Cherry on this posting.
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post #4 of 43
hi tracy!
these are extracts, not oils, right?
i compared the prices to the other supplier i was going to use and these prices are so much better.
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post #5 of 43
Thanks for posting your review!

I ordered yesterday and can't wait to try them. I got the Best Sellers six pack (Vanilla Extract, Coconut, Hazelnut, Almond, Peach and Raspberry) and lemon. I'll review once I've used them.
post #6 of 43
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Hi Diane - Overall, they are mainly flavorings/extracts. Of the 53 flavors, I see only three oils (Cinnamon and two different smoke oils), so the remaining 50 are flavorings/extracts.

Sallene - Yum! I look forward to hearing about your flavors! Hazelnut does sound delish with a chocolate cookie. I didn't try the Hazelnut or the Peach yet, so your take on them will be great. icon_smile.gif
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post #7 of 43
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I said I would post results from my taste testers and two thumbs up on the Lime, Cherry and Orange. Everybody loved the flavors. Great feedback as well on the ones I made for the swim team concession stand. I have had people stop me in the neighborhood to say how much they loved them. So... these three passed the test!
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post #8 of 43
that's great! I should be getting my order tomorrow - I'm so excited!
post #9 of 43
Tracy can you post a link to where you had the origingal post with the address.
thanks
post #10 of 43
I should be getting my order soon too!!
That is such a good idea to match the flavor to the color for ice cream cookies!!
So you did you have a chance to try them in the cookie dough?
post #11 of 43
GeminiRI, I am looking forward to seeing what the key lime tastes like. I just did a key lime wasc but couldn't find an extract or flavoring that would really give it a punch. The key lime yogurt is such a mild flavor. I had to use some key lime juice to help flavor the batter.
post #12 of 43
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My post was deleted due to policy I was not aware of. I have another discount code for the same amount off, but this one is not specific to CC, which was the issue. I don't want to post it, lest it appear I am doing something wrong, so anyone can just PM me and I can send the new not-specific-to-CC (so I am not breaking any rules) one it to you. This makes it more along the lines of the Michael's coupons we see floating around here. Amifsud - I will PM that now.

Luv2bake6 - So far I put Coconut in the dough...YUM! Next I will put it in the RI. Excited to try that as well.
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post #13 of 43
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My post was deleted due to policy I was not aware of. I have another discount code for the same amount off, but this one is not specific to CC, which was the issue. I don't want to post it, lest it appear I am doing something wrong, so anyone can just PM me and I can send the new not-specific-to-CC (so I am not breaking any rules) one it to you. This makes it more along the lines of the Michael's coupons we see floating around here. Amifsud - I will PM that now.

Luv2bake6 - So far I put Coconut in the dough...YUM! Next I will put it in the RI. Excited to try that as well.
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post #14 of 43
I finally ordered this morning... I'm sooo excited !

Almond Flavoring - 8 oz.
15007 Apple Flavoring - 1 oz.
15015 Banana Flavoring - 1 oz
15022 Butter Flavoring - 1 oz
15200 Butter Pecan Flavoring - 1 oz
15034 Cinnamon Flavoring - 1 oz
15182P Clear Vanilla Flavoring - 8 oz.
15055 Hazelnut Flavoring - 1 oz
15095 Maple Flavoring - 1 oz.
15150 Raspberry Flavoring - 1 oz.
15160 Strawberry Flavoring - 1 oz.
15185P Vanilla Extract, Two Fold - 8 oz.
post #15 of 43
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Oh, you DID have fun! icon_biggrin.gif Whoo hoo! party.gif We got a lot of the same flavors, but you have some I don't. I will be interested to see what you think. So far, so good on my end! thumbs_up.gif
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