TracyLH Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 11:31am
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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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GeminiRJ Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 12:06pm
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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.

TracyLH Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 1:15pm
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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.

drakegore Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 2:14pm
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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.
diane

sallene Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 2:41pm
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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.

TracyLH Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 3:06pm
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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

TracyLH Posted 2 Jul 2009 , 10:23am
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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!

bonniebakes Posted 2 Jul 2009 , 1:14pm
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that's great! I should be getting my order tomorrow - I'm so excited!

Amifsud Posted 2 Jul 2009 , 5:17pm
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Tracy can you post a link to where you had the origingal post with the address.
thanks

luv2bake6 Posted 2 Jul 2009 , 5:21pm

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?

2SchnauzerLady Posted 2 Jul 2009 , 5:32pm

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.

TracyLH Posted 2 Jul 2009 , 9:52pm

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.

TracyLH Posted 2 Jul 2009 , 9:52pm

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.

verono Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:03pm

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.

TracyLH Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:11pm

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

verono Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:15pm

I have so much combination in my mind...
Like
Chocolate cookie - Hazelnut icing (something similar to toba's glace)
Chocolate cookie - banana icing
Apple cookie - Cinnamon icing
Pecan cookie - Maple icing

Etc. etc.. !

TracyLH Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:23pm

Oh, yum! Big time yum! Love the idea of apple/cinnamon and pecan/maple for Fall especially! I got Macademia to try in my RI with a White Chocolate Cookie. (That is, once I get the cookie recipe down!). Right now I am having fun with the Coconut!

Lenette Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:24pm

I am curious, how much of the flavoring did you use?

Also, what size bottles are ya'll buying? I think I may order some today. Sounds so yummy and I love that they are natural flavors! Thank you for sharing this info. icon_smile.gif

TracyLH Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:30pm

i am getting an assortment of the 1 oz size, with the exception of the Coconut, which I got in the 8 oz and I am really glad I did! Very good!

As for the amount, I put it in by taste, but did a few small batches when someone asked me the amounts I was using. For my RI, I used 3/4 cup of RI and 1/16 tspl of Lime. Same with Orange and more of the Cherry. For the Coconut, I am putting it in the dough to start with. I did 1 1/2 tsp of Coconut to 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Wrap up your dough well and let sit in the fridge overnight for the flavors to meld and strengthen.

TracyLH Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:30pm

i am getting an assortment of the 1 oz size, with the exception of the Coconut, which I got in the 8 oz and I am really glad I did! Very good!

As for the amount, I put it in by taste, but did a few small batches when someone asked me the amounts I was using. For my RI, I used 3/4 cup of RI and 1/16 tspl of Lime. Same with Orange and more of the Cherry. For the Coconut, I am putting it in the dough to start with. I did 1 1/2 tsp of Coconut to 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Wrap up your dough well and let sit in the fridge overnight for the flavors to meld and strengthen.

pouchet82 Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:36pm

I was looking at all the flavors and there were a few I wanted to order, since the prices seemed reasonable, BUT icon_cry.gif they don't ship to Canada icon_cry.gif

verono Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 2:49pm

Yes they do ! icon_wink.gif

verono Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 3:25pm
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Originally Posted by TracyLH

Oh, yum! Big time yum! Love the idea of apple/cinnamon and pecan/maple for Fall especially! I got Macademia to try in my RI with a White Chocolate Cookie. (That is, once I get the cookie recipe down!). Right now I am having fun with the Coconut!




I've already have a banana cookie with real banana in it but i'll boost the flavor with some extract.
I'm hoping to do the same with the apple one and I hope that they will also keep their shape...
And also for the pecan one , i'll put some finely grind pecan..!
I already have have a maple cookie that I use to make with boyadjan brand (something like that) but I want to compare the flavor ..!

I hope it won't take too long to get it !

TracyLH Posted 3 Jul 2009 , 5:32pm

I haven't tried the Boyajian Maple flavoring. I would be interested to see what you think when you compare them. I have the Spices Maple flavoring and a recipe for a cookie with pure maple syrup in it to try. I also saw that they had Pumpkin Pie Spice flavoring, which I thought might be fun for Halloween/Thanksgiving. Right now, I am thinking more tropical icon_smile.gif , but before we know it, leaves will be turning. (Okay, maybe not that fast! icon_lol.gif )

sallene Posted 6 Jul 2009 , 7:31pm

I tried the raspberry and hazelnut this weekend. Both in fondant that went on cakes. The raspberry went on a lemon cake with raspberry filling. The hazelnut went on a white chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache filling.

Both got great reviews. I especially liked the raspberry.

pouchet82 Posted 6 Jul 2009 , 7:41pm

Yay, I ordered today, some retail therapy was definitely in need (don't you just love that, a great excuse to spend money that you wouldn't normally!) I ordered coconut, strawberry, pineapple, macademia nut, grand marnier, butterscotch and key lime. Wooohooo.

neelycharmed Posted 6 Jul 2009 , 8:02pm

I wish they would send to Canada...
we miss out on a lot of yummy stuff!!!

neelycharmed Posted 6 Jul 2009 , 8:03pm

I wish they would send to Canada...
we miss out on a lot of yummy stuff!!!

verono Posted 6 Jul 2009 , 8:53pm
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Originally Posted by neelycharmed

I wish they would send to Canada...
we miss out on a lot of yummy stuff!!!




I'm from Montreal and I filled an order last friday but for now no news about it, probably because of the fourth of july holiday... I know in the FAQ it says they ship to u.s. only but when Tracy arranged a discount they gave both options because of the international people... so maybe they didn't updated that section of the website...

TracyLH Posted 7 Jul 2009 , 12:20am

I will call tomorrow and doublecheck about Canada. He said 'international'. I'll get back to you then.

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