Custard Flavours

Inawera Custard

When it comes to dessert flavoured concentrates, custards excel at combining richness and versatility, and that’s why they’re one of the most common dessert vapes. Most custards are vanilla based, offering varying degrees of egg, cream, sugar and vanilla notes. Some even incorporate butter, lemon or alcohol.   

An Introduction to Custard Flavours

For the most part, vanilla custards are the standard, being the most popular. Virtually all custards require a lot of patience to work with, as they require long steep times, anything from 2 weeks to a month. Inawera and Molinberry offerings are the only ones I know of that can mature with good results within a week to 10 days.  

Although other custard flavours exist, here we look at plain and vanilla based.

The various custard Concentrates

Plain egg custard
Vanilla custard
lemon custard
Flavoured custards

Flavorah vanilla custard

Custard Uses

caramel flavours

Here are my favourite uses for custards-

  • Tobaccos, booze, fruit smoothies  
  • Ice creams, pudding, cakes, frosting
  • Blend with butterscotch and caramels
  • Small percentages (0.25-0.5%) with creams
  •  Mix with Biscuit and or Cookie flavours
  • Add to vanillas, chocolate, berries

Pairing Examples

As with many concentrates, I often use custards as a subtle additive or enhancer for complimentary and contrasting flavours. I tend to keep percentages fairly low also, around 0.5 to 1% depending on the custards intensity. 

Dairy

Other Creams
Ice Creams
Milk
Butter
Cheese
Cheesecake

Bakery

Cakes
Cake Batter
Cookies
Cookie Dough
Doughnuts
Graham Cracker

Dessert

Custard
Meringue
Marzipan
Chocolate
Caramel
Butterscotch

Sugars - Sweet

Maple Syrup
Honey
Molasses
Marshmallow
Candies -Sweets
Bubble Gum

Floral - Plant

Vanilla
lavender
Elderflower
Rose
Eucalyptus
Mint

Alcohol

Bourbon
Whiskey
Brandy
Rum
Irish Cream
Eggnog

Fruits

Acai
Banana
Pineapple
Coconut – Nuts
Dragon Fruit
Strawberry – Berries

Other

Tobacco
Coffees
Spice
Herbs
Additives
Menthol

Below are some specific concentrates I’ve used to pair with various custards –

  • CAP NY Cheesecake
  • CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl
  • FW Yellow Cake
  • INW Biscuit
  • FA Cookie
  • FW Graham Cracker
  • FW Sugar Cookie
  • FA Caramel
  • FW Butterscotch Ripple
  • FA Fuji (Apple)
  • FA Bano (Banana)
  • FA Pear
  • FA Bilberry
  • Cap Sweet Strawberry
  • FLV Dragon Fruit
  • FLV Pink Guava
  • Juice Factory Cherry
  • Juice Factory Mango
  • JF RY4 Double
  • Juice Factory Black & Mild
  • INW Captain Jack for Pipe
  • FLV Cured
  • FLV Kentucky Blend
  • FA SOHO
  • FA Cuban Supreme
  • JuiceWhore Signature Tobacco

Recommended Concentrates

FlavourArt Custard
An authentic representation- Creamy, sweet, with hints of lemon (Italian style), mainly egg whites, with subtle sugar-caramel notes. Excellent.
Flavorah Vanilla Custard
Creamy, eggy, sugary, buttery, Milky vanilla custard with a mild spice-nutmeg. Well balanced. Similar to a creme brulee. Superb. 
TFA Vanilla Custard
A rich buttery light egg vanilla custard with strong creme notes, similar to TFA’s Bavarian creme but bolder. Excellent.
Capella Vanilla Custard V1
A very buttery, creamy pudding like custard with vanilla notes. Somewhat eggy but overall an extremely heavy or dense flavour. Over the top for me. 
Inawera Custard
A flan styled custard with light vanilla notes. Eggy and creamy with a hint of bakery notes, maybe biscuit or cookie. Quicker to steep than others. Excellent.

Tips for testing flavours

Tips on Using Custard Flavours

Basic custard tweaking

Whether you’re experimenting with either a base or a recipe, and feel the custard is lacking, you should first look at a real custards basic elements – 

Putting aside the egg and flour, we can tweak and or elevate the custard by increasing the cream, milk, vanilla and the sweetness content. However, if we’re using the custard with other flavours, this needs to be taken into account. Perhaps an intended caramel or ice cream will provide what is needed. 

Some suggestions on creams, vanilla and flavours-additives to elevate or sweeten –

  • FLV Cream
  • FA Fresh Cream
  • FA Vienna Cream
  • CAP Sweet Cream
  • TFA Sweet Cream
  • TFA Bavarian Cream
  • INW Shisha Vanilla
  • TFA Vanilla Swirl
  • FW Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • FA Vanilla Bourbon
  • TFA Marshmallow
  • Purilum  Marshmallow
  • FA Meringue
  • FA Marzipan
  • FA Coconut
  • EM-Ethyl maltol (Crystals or TFA)
  • FLV Sweetness
  • TFA Sweetener (Not recommended as a rule)
  • TFA Acetyl Pyrazine (AP)
  • Various spices such as clove, cinnamon, nutmeg
  • Experiment using around 3-5 % custard with fruits & Bakery, possibly more if not steeping
  • FlavourArt is perfect for fruit mixes due to the lemon notes
  • For bakery recipes I prefer FLV or INW
  • For tobaccos, use MB, TFA, FLV or INW 
  • As a rule, stay clear of sucralose sweeteners like TFA’s. Custard mixes are generally sweet enough when we compliment them with fruits, creams and various vanillas. 
  • TFA Marshmallow adds sweetness/flavour whereas FlavourArts adds volume/mouthfeel/flavour.
  • FA’s Marzipan is a wonderful flavour to add sweetness, but it will instil an almond flavour.
  • FLV or FA Coconut is another flavour that provides a nice creamy note, along with the coconut.
  • FA Vienna cream is an excellent companion to custards. If used around 3.5% it tastes like eggnog.
  • Acetyl Pyrazine adds a roasted, nutty, bready note that enhances various bakery flavours like graham cracker, which is wonderful with custards.

Capella vanilla custard V1 has long held the title of the king of custards (not by me), I just feel it’s way too overpowering, but it does have some good elements. If you too feel it’s over the top in richness, try blending in some FLV or alternate custards. Besides, this type of exercise helps to better understand your flavours. 

Steeping Custards

Always steep custards for 3 to 4 weeks; this is when they begin to shine. Inawera custard does mature long before the others but I’d still give it a week or two. If you plan on mixing with custards a lot, I recommend you make at least one 30 ml bottle one month before you start to experiment. 

If you have any other tips for custards, please pass them on.

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.

Testing flavours with e-cig
RDA for testing flavours
RDA for testing flavours

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.

Charles Yates

Ex-smoker and current vaper. Started The Vapers Table in 2011. Interests are food-cooking, music, recording technology, travel & country road trips, advocacy and helping smokers transition.

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