TFA Vanilla Custard

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. 

TFA Vanilla Custard Testing

  • Steeped for 4 weeks
  • Mixed at 6%
  • Recommended percentages-
  • Solo Vape-3-8%
  • Mixed-3-6%

Safety Data Sheet (SDS-MSDS)

Often links go away after time, so here are some of the more interesting ingredients. Unless otherwise stated all ingredients are FDA approved for human consumption, commonly referred to as GRAS – Generally regarded as safe. In terms of inhalation, the FDA have yet to offer any classifications.

Vanillin – 1-<5%
Ethyl vanillin – 1-<5%
Ethyl Maltol – 1-<5%
Anisyl alcohol – 0.1-<1%
Acetyl propionyl – 1-<5%


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. 

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

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 supermarket boxed version, in contrast to FlavourArts authenticity.

caramel flavours

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 chemical custard notes -diketones.

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.

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Most common pairings used with this custard are –

  • Bavarian Cream
  • Cheesecake Graham Crust
  • Strawberry Ripe (TPA)
  • Sweet Cream
  • Sweeteners
  • Vanilla Swirl
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Cracker (Clear)
  • Caramel (Original)
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Creams

Average mixing percentages are –

  • Solo Vape:  8%
  • Mixed Percentage: 3%

Availability in Australia –

Juice Factory
Flavour World (Sydney Vapour)
Super Vape Store

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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.

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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 - Advocacy and helping smokers quit with vaping. Food-cooking, music, recording technology, travel & country road trips.

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