Yet another long weekend. Too many projects and not enough time for whatever flavor of psychosis writing these notes is. But we’re back. Probably not better than ever, but at least not noticeably worse for wear.
We’ve already established with Vape Train Biscuit Base, Sorbet Base, and Milkshake Base that “base” in Australian apparently means “huh?” All of these flavors were emphatically more modifiers than simple, single flavor bases. With their White Chocolate Base, that tradition seems to be continuing.
Vape train describes this concentrate as “a white chocolate recipe Kickstarter, designed to create a foundation for to suit most e-liquid recipes that require the use of chocolate.” They specify that “this flavour can be utilised in an array of styles from creamy milk chocolate, to a dessert and bakery styled eliquid recipe.” That’s quite the mission statement, really. White chocolate itself is basically cocoa butter and sugar, so the idea is would then be that this adds some of the mouthfeel and richness missing from a good portion of chocolate flavors.
Trying this solo is to be moderately confused. It does actually taste like white chocolate, which is a pretty good start. The white chocolate here tastes like the normal, US market domestic Hershey’s white chocolate product. Fatty and sweet, with almost a cream cheese frosting kind of vibe to it. The actual white chocolate flavor here is pretty nice. There’s a light bit of sourness to it, but not as sour as something like the Hershey’s US market milk chocolate. Basically enough to make it pleasantly tangy, but not full on vomit chocolate like the aforementioned Hershey’s (Side note… seriously, it boggles the mind that people still buy Hershey’s bars. They are objectively terrible.) That fattiness has a waxier mouthfeel, but it definitely fits with the profile. Comparing the actual white chocolate note here, it’s richer than Flavorah, less musty than Flavor West’s, and not full of black pepper like TPA’s. I’m pretty psyched on the white chocolate, but it has one serious, serious issue.
Trying to use this by itself, it never really comes together into a full white chocolate concentrate. The actual amount of white chocolate I’m getting doesn’t vary terrifically between 2 and 6%, and that’s a pretty bad sign for trying to find a concentration that works as a solo white chocolate. For the white chocolate I taste, I’m getting a whole bunch of hot, raw vg and at 6% it’s picking up a pretty distinct cardboard vibe to it.
In a busy recipe, where you want just a hint of white chocolate, you may be able to get away with using it as an actual white chocolate. Putting it on top of thicker creams, it’s definitely doing some thickening and sweetening, and adding some white chocolate tones to the entire affair. It could work in a milkshake or ice cream without much drama. It could also be worked into a bakery as long as something else is doing all the heavy lifting. I really don’t see the point to cranking this up a whole lot, I’d use it at 3% or under.
So we’ve validated part of Vape Train’s thesis for this. But what about boosting other chocolates? There are plenty of wholly competent cocoa flavors masquerading as a chocolate. Does this magically lend that fatty richness to make a full on milk chocolate flavor?
Sort of, actually. Which is pretty impressive. Mixing this with Hangsen Australian Chocolate, which is one of my favorite cocoa heavy chocolate flavors and also seems thematically appropriate at this point, produces something fairly close to a milk chocolate without some of the numerous glaring flaws in most fuller chocolate concentrates. I feel like, at least after a week, there is still a bit of separation between the cocoa and cocoa butter but it doesn’t taste bad. I just let it rip with 1.5% of the Australian Chocolate and 1% of the White Chocolate Base so my test was decidedly inelegant, but the results are promising enough to merit some further exploration. I’m going to filing that trick away, for sure.
I do feel like 1% in a chocolate might be about the max in this application. So as a chocolate filler, I’d probably stay at that 1% or under depending on the strength of the cocoa in the chocolate you’re pairing with it.
If you’ve dedicated yourself to chasing that chocolate dragon in your mixes, you might want to pick this up to play with. For those lofty expectations and given the bizarro definition of “base” endemic to Vape Train, this actually kind of delivers.
Setup: Recoil w/ flavor barrel, Dual 12 wrap 24g 3.5mm SS316 @.32 ohms. 60w power, 450F temp limit. Full Cotton Wicks.
Testing: Vape Train White Chocolate Base, 2 and 6%, 60/40 VG/PG base, Steeped 30+ days.
Profile: White Chocolate bordering on cream cheese icing with a fatty, waxy mouthfeel and a fairly heavy sweetness.
Off-Flavors: Doesn’t work as a full flavor solo, more of a modifier or tasteful white chocolate accent in busier mixes. Can taste just a bit tangy.
Throat Hit: Nah, not really.
Percentage Recommendation: As a white chocolate in creamier or bakery mixes, use at 3% or under. To modify and give cocoa butter to drier chocolate flavors, 1% or under.
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