Custard Flavours for DIY

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Custard Flavours Uses and Pairings

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.   

Although other custard flavours exist, we’ll start by looking at plain and vanilla based.

Pairing Examples

Custards are an obvious companion to dessert, bakery and fruit mixes, but they also blend nicely with tobaccos. Here are some examples of concentrates that work well with custards. 

  • CAP NY Cheesecake
  • CAP Cinnamon Danish Swirl
  • Juice Factory Bakery
  • 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
  • CAP Sweet Mango
  • LA Blackberry
  • TFA RY4 Double
  • JF RY4 Double
  • INW Captain Jack for Pipe
  • FLV Cured
  • FLV Kentucky Blend
  • FA SOHO
  • FA Cuban Supreme
  • JuiceWhore Signature Tobacco
Recommended Concentrates

I’ve only used custards sold as plain or vanilla based. Here are the ones I recommend.

Capella Vanilla Custard ver 1

Steeped for 4 weeks
Mixed at 7%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-3-10% 
Mixed-3-8%
Safety Data Sheet

This is by far the most common of all custard flavours, given its immense richness of creams and butter with strong-heavy eggy notes. It’s also the most controversial as it’s loaded with diketones, such as diacetyl and acetoin. These are compounds that provide a buttery aroma and taste.  

There is an alternate version, V2, without the diketones, but it’s nothing like a rich custard.

Overview

Generally, this isn’t my first choice for a custard. I find the levels of diketones to be close to overpowering, especially at high percentages- 8% or more. Also, I really prefer to control those buttery notes and or diketones myself. 

Having said that, I do occasionally blend around 2-4 % of this with alternate custards and or creams, generally from Flavorah or FlavourArt. No, I’m not concerned about vaping diketones (Coincidentally, AKA custard notes)

Putting aside any negatives, this is a wonderfully rich, eggy, buttery, creamy vanilla custard.

Flavour Description – Notes

A rich eggy, creamy, buttery and somewhat sweet custard with the perfect amount of vanilla. The flavour is similar to a vanilla-egg pudding. The Mouthfeel is fairly heavy/dense with a fluffy feel. There’s a marshmallow type flavour-sweetness in the back, but it may be from the included Maltol. 

Important

Be aware that most custards, including this one, need a good 3-4 weeks of steep time. I would suggest experimenting before doing any large batch mixes as this flavour can become rather dominant after it’s steeped. Try a 6 or 7% batch, along with a 10% batch, steep and test.

Go easy if you plan on blending additional dairy notes such as creams. If you wish to test with other flavours, try a lighter caramel like FA’s, or FA’s Banana to get an indication of your preferences. 

Flavorah Vanilla Custard

Steeped for 4 weeks
Mixed at 4%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-3-5% 
Mixed-1-4%
Safety Data Sheet

This is generally my go-to custard, and although it’s lighter than Capellas, it has superb vanilla notes. Depending on the application, it may need some extra dairy, but before you decide, make sure you’ve tested it solo after a 4 week steep.

Overview

This is on par with the best custards made, no matter the brand or type. This is a wonderful custard with some of the best vanilla notes I’ve tasted, irrespective of the type of flavour. Although its applications are vast, this really shines when paired with bakeries such as Inawera biscuit or FA’s Cookie. 

Flavour Description – Notes

A soft mouthfeel, offering a true semi-sweet custard with a wonderful buttery, creamy element wrapped in a well-balanced vanilla. There seems to be a very subtle nutty note in the background too.

 If I had to choose one custard, this would be it. FlavourArt custard is excellent too, although the lemon zest can be an issue depending on one’s intentions. Oh, Inawera is superb also so best get all three!   

FlavourArt Custard

Steeped for 4 weeks
Mixed at 2.5%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-2-3% 
Mixed-1-4%
Safety Data Sheet

When it comes to authenticity, FlavourArt generally don’t disappoint. This is a real home-made European style custard, devoid of overpowering buttery notes. There’s Vanillin, lemon zest, cream/s, sugar, Milk and some mild bakery additives. I suspect there’s also Maltol.  

Overview

The most accurate custard, although it’s a Euro-style so there’s a touch of lemon to it. There’s no overpowered butter and or creams, just a nice balance of essential custard ingredients. Although custards can be used alongside any of the flavour groups, I particularly like blending this one with fruits.   

Flavour Description – Notes

A semi-sweet mixture of cream, and vanillin, with some subtle lemon. The egg notes are softer than other custards, and it appears they use mainly egg whites, with little to no yoke.  There’s a hint of spice too, including clove.

Due to its lightness over most other custards, it can handle a bit of extra dairy if need be. I prefer using FA Fresh cream, FA Vienna cream and Flavorah’s Cream.

You must try this with blueberry (or FA Bilberry), Blackberry, Banana or apple. An excellent concentrate. 

TFA Vanilla Custard

Steeped for 4 weeks
Mixed at 6%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-3-8% 
Mixed-3-6%
Safety Data Sheet

TFA’s version of custard is far lighter in the egg department than most, and almost seems a non-custard (Mainly at lower percentages) and more of a pudding. It’s blended with vanilla cream and distinct bakery and Maltol notes.  Notwithstanding this, it’s a popular alternative to Capellas custard and works well in various recipes. 

For lighter custard back-notes, or as a blender, this works very well.

Overview

This is more buttery than Capellas, yet fairly light in the egg department, perhaps a bit too light for some. The level of diketones is less that Capellas too, but the alcohol lends a good amount of richness and sweetness.

The chemical compounds and alcohol will smooth and dissipate as it steeps, leaving a decent custard that’s actually quite versatile. A richer cream will become more apparent when steeped too. 

Flavour Description – Notes

A sweet mixture of creams, vanillin, alcohol, sugars and caramel-malt flavour from the Maltol.  The egg is very light but it’s there. I also sense that this custard is somewhat artificial, not bad, but perhaps like a boxed version, in contrast to FlavourArts authenticity.

Due to the lack of eggy notes, this can work in its favour, based on one’s intended application. I often use this custard when mixing or experimenting with bakery or tobacco recipes. 

There’s a fair amount of alcohol mixed in so it can do with a good steep, even a half day of breathing.

TFA Vanilla Swirl Flavour is the same formula but without the custard notes.

It’s not necessarily an inferior custard flavour but it is more of a fusion of custard and pudding. For authentic custards, I much prefer FLV, FA or INW. If you’re looking for more of a vanilla pudding, look at Flavorah Vanilla Pudding, it’s excellent.

Contains  Acetoin & Acetylpropionyl

Inawera Custard

Steeped for 2 weeks
Mixed at 6%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-2-6% 
Mixed-1-4%
Safety Data Sheet

Inawera has produced a great custard here and IMHO preferable over Capellas and TFA’s. It’s as good as FLV and FA too but different. True to its European roots, this too has mild lemon notes.

Overview

This is more of a true custard than TFA’s, and more natural than Capellas, even though it does contain some acetoin. If you want butter, you need some form of custard notes (Diketones), right? What’s great about this custard is that you get a nice creamy richness at low percentages, and it blends so well with almost anything.

Flavour Description – Notes

A sweet and really creamy, eggy custard with a nice balance of vanilla notes. There’s a touch of lemon and alcohol here, along with a caramel-malt flavour from the Maltol. There’s a fullness about it but it also has a light mouthfeel yet, a decent weight in the vapour. Yes, it’s a custard, but it also tastes like it’s blended with a light caramel flan.

This is another custard that pairs nicely with fruits and bakery, although I do enjoy it mixed with some of my favourite Flavorah tobaccos from time to time.

Molinberry Custard

Steeped for 2 weeks
Mixed at 6%
Recommended percentages- 
Solo Vape-4-8% 
Mixed-1-4%
Safety Data Sheet

Molinberry has produced a great custard here, and what’s so impressive Is that they’ve done so without the need for Diacetyl, Acetyl Propionyl and Acetoin. My nose and taste buds assure me however that there’s Butyric acid; the buttery notes have to come from somewhere.

Overview

This is certainly one of my favourite custards, and yes, I have at least 3  This is great for mixing as there’s no overpowering eggy or vanilla notes, it’s really well balanced. However, it’s not entirely a straight custard. You do however get a nice smooth creamy richness with decent body and mouthfeel, and it steeps fairly quickly too.

Flavour Description – Notes

A creamy, smooth custard that tastes like a cross flambe-custard type, with a nice balance of egg and vanilla notes. There’s a subtle cinnamon/bark spice with a camphor finish which offers the alcohol. There’s a nice mouthfeel to this too. 

This is another custard that pairs nicely with fruits and bakery, although I love this with pipe tobaccos. 

Tips for using Custards

The pics above show examples of flavours that can be incorporated into custards, whether you’re making a plain custard base or a multi-flavoured mix. Custards add a welcome richness to most profiles, especially fruit and bakery mixes. You may wish to use a custard with low eggy notes in fruits, such as TFA or FLV, but for bakery flavours the egg notes are often okay.

  • Experiment using around 2-3 % custard with fruits & Bakery
  • 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
Know your custards

Homemade custards are generally made from egg, cream and milk, sugar, cornflour-cornstarch and vanilla. Most custard concentrates mirror the profile well, but in order to get the most out of your custards, or any other flavour, it’s best to flavour test them first.

See our post on testing flavours. Taste test your concentrates

Basic custard tweaking

Whether you’re experimenting with a base, or feel the custard you need for a mix is lacking, first look at their basic elements. 

Putting aside the egg and flour, we can tweak and or elevate the custard by increasing the cream, 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. (Separate to what’s above)

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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 2 weeks. 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.

From The Table,
Charles 

It’s all about the juice
How I Test Flavour Concentrates

All flavours are tested using an RDA – Vandy Vape Pulse 22
Fused Claptons – 2x27g TM N80 and 1x40g N80 
Tested at 25 & 35 watts using Native Wicks Platinum Blend cotton.

All flavours are mixed in a 50-50 blend of PG & VG. Zero nicotine.
Generally steeped for 2 weeks.

Flavour Notes are based on aroma, the 5 ml water test and vaping. 
See our post on Testing Flavours

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