Buying Your First Flavors? (Beginner Recipe Development)

So you're buying your first flavors for recipe creation?

  • So the first thing is this. If you've never mixed anything before, if you've never made an order, if you don't even know how you got to my website, then you don't want to start buying flavors. What you want to do is the recommended action in mentioned in the video. Go to a website that contains recipes that are rated, such as, or and find recipes that interest you, but have a high community rating and some good comments. There are tons of recipes that are only used for testing, or from inexperienced mixers on the free recipe database sites, and you don't want to mix any of those up your first go. You want to stick with highly rated, tested, recipes with many comments saying how delicious the recipe is. Once you've chosen that recipe, buy the necessary ingredients, and mix it up exactly as stated. Keep doing this, finding more recipes, buying more flavors, until you've grown your arsenal enough to start playing on your own. This ensure the best transition to mixerdom.


But now you have a few flavorings, and you want to really start crafting your own recipes. What flavorings do you buy next? What are the best flavorings, the ones that will get the most use? Well that's what this video is for. It's to recommend a variety of flavorings to help you bridge that gap between noobie mixer to a mixer who can mix anything, anywhere, anytime. 

  1. FA Fruits (FlavorArt Fruit Flavors): FlavorArt has created some excellent, vibrant, authentic, fruits for us mixers to play with. The best thing about them is that they are extremely easy to mix with. You take any fruit from the FA line up, mix it at 0.5-2% (depending) and voila you have yourself a great starting mix. From there you can start to incorporate more FA fruits or some creams and you begin to really hone your craft. FA has given us a palate of colors to paint any picture we want, so I always recommend picking them up if you're someone looking to grow your flavor collection. They're delicious and most of all, useful. 
  2. TFA Strawberry/TFA StrawRipe/CAP SweetStrawberry: The one thing FA doesn't do well in is Strawberry (in my opinion). FA Strawberry is fine, but there are better more useful strawberries out there. Most notably TFA Strawberry, TFA Strawberry (Ripe), and CAP Sweet Strawberry. Grab all of these. These will allow you to create ANY kind of strawberry flavor you like. Whether you want one with more candy properties, or one with more authentic, ripe, style properties. What I also like about them is that they blend so well together, and with other flavorings, especially creams. They create a nice smooth, and vapable, recipe that will be sure to make you proud after your first real recipe.
  3. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (TFA/FW/CAP): VBIC is one of the easiest ways to create delicious ice cream flavors. Super simple, super fun, and the skys the limit. All three are quite similar, but do have their differences. But if you want to start crafting fruit/ice cream blends, then this is a no-brainer. Also, extreme versatile flavors that you'll see in thousands of recipes, so be sure to have some on hand.
  4. Bavarian Creams (TFA/CAP): This goes for the same as Vanilla Bean Ice Creams, but this gives a more "custard" like flavor that has more of a focus on the cream. They are best when blended with darker fruits, like FA Bilberry and the like, and create very delectable and rich flavors. Again like VBIC, these are extreme versatile flavors that you'll see in thousands of recipes, so be sure to have some on hand.
  5. Sweet Creams (TFA/CAP/FW): This is for those who enjoy a more "milky" flavor. Those who enjoy milkshakes, or more dairy focused flavors. Also these are great for those who want to start crafting cereals. These are a bit more specific, but still all the useful.
  6. Marshmallow (TFA/CAP/FA): Excellent ingredients to give you recipes a more "full", "voluminous", and "fluffy" flavor. What Marshmallows also do is help soften those flavors that might have too much "bite" too them, too thin, or need some more volume to them. Lastly, marshmallow gives many fruits, mainly brighter fruits, a more "candy" like characteristic. So they're one of the most versatile and useful flavors you can get, period. Definitely grab one or two for your arsenal. 
  7. Sweetener/Erythritol: What many new mixers want to mix up are recipes that mimic what's on the shelves, or maybe one of their favorite commercial eliquids. The main thing they forget to pick up is the sweetener. Because commercial juice is LOADED with sweetener, you can never quite get the same flavor unless you throw some in your recipes. The only way to get that "sugar lips" effect or to get that extremely vibrant and upfront flavor is to use Sweetener. Erythritol is just like TFA Sweetener, except it doesn't destroy coils quite as quickly. So that's why I'm adding it in here, even though it's quite new. It's used in the exact same manner, and does the exact same thing, but only does it without gunking your coils.