Creams for me are one of the those flavours I can’t be without. Their usefulness for DIY is both as a flavour and as an additive or subtle enhancer. No matter what profiles you enjoy, creams can really elevate a recipe.
Introduction to Cream Flavours
Creams are one of the most commonly used dessert flavours, and often as an additive, enhancer or a base. Creams can elevate or add richness and or sweetness to numerous flavours, such as ice creams, custards, other creams or anything that satisfies the palette.
They’re not a stand-alone flavour, but many mixes can benefit from some added cream, and not just desserts. Apart from some obvious uses like cakes, chocolate, coffee, fruit mixes and ice creams, creams are a great flavour or additive for tobaccos and various booze recipes.
Speaking of sweetness, certain creams can be used instead of traditional sweeteners. However, the choice of cream and its intended application is a factor, and often you’ll need to add something along the lines of a caramel, butterscotch, fruit or something with a degree of inherent sweetness.
Avoiding sweeteners such as sucralose, whilst not a necessity, allows one to explore alternative solutions. This will make you a more rounded mixer, as it forces you to get better acquainted with your flavours, and their potential for various uses.
I’ve mentioned some, but apart from certain umami – savoury mixes, I can’t think of many flavour profiles that would object to a dollop or two of cream.
My main uses are- Coffees, Cakes, Fruit, Tobaccos, blending it with other creams and or vanillas, and as a sweetener in small percentages. I also use it with certain mixes that include nuts; I’m currently trying to nail a recipe with tobacco, rum, nuts and creams.
Creams also play a role as an additive or enhancer, either on their own, or mixed with small percentages of complimentary flavours; these are often dairy based.
While there are many other creams we can discuss, this post focuses on more traditional plain creams. Other creams (including fusions) such as Catalan, Irish cream, Banana Cream and Cookies and Cream may be looked at down the road.
Sugars - Sweet
Floral - Plant
Coconut – Nuts
Strawberry – Berries
I’ve experimented with many creams, and the following six seem to fit the bill nicely. Some are fairly similar, varying somewhat in terms of richness, however, they’re all useful and as always it comes down to trial and error. IMHO the stand-outs are FLV Cream, TFA Bavarian and FA’s Fresh Cream. If and when I discover more I’ll add them, but for now, these should cover all your needs.
I’ll be adding individual posts for each of these flavours.
TFA Sweet Cream
Capella Sweet Cream
TFA Bavarian Cream
FlavourArt Fresh Cream
FlavourArt Vienna Cream
Tips on Using Creams
As with vanilla flavours, you’re probably going to want or even need more than one, as creams play an important role as both a flavour and an additive or enhancer.
When it comes to creams, we can add anything from subtle nuances to more intense complimentary or contrasting flavours. As a rule, I don’t wish to turn cream into something it isn’t, as it’s a wonderful natural flavour, and feel it generally works best when we live by the adage of less is more.
Depending on the cream or the mix of creams one uses (perhaps you want a cream base) they can easily be overpowered by strong, rich or intense flavours, so by all means experiment, but do so a step or a drop at a time.
- Creams enjoy a nice 1-3 week steep
- Coconut is a great pairing for creams, and works exceptionally well with tobaccos and fruits
- Milk by Juice Factory can blend well
- Marzipan, one of FA’s best sweeteners, pairs nicely with creams
- Lemon can work if you’re after a more Italian styled cream
- Creams can help tone down strong, harsh or bolder mixes.
- FA’s Polar Blast adds the chill we want for ice cream, you may wish to try it with creams
How I Test Flavour Concentrates
Flavours are mixed in a 50-50 blend of PG & VG. Zero nicotine and generally steeped for 2 weeks.Three vape devices are used including an RDA.
How I Test Flavours
Flavours are mixed in a 50-50 blend of PG & VG. Zero nicotine and generally steeped for 2 weeks. Three vape devices are used including an RDA.