How to make edibles

How to get rid of the bitter taste in edibles

Whether you’re a new user or an old user, edible flavor technology has remained rather stagnant in the last decade, especially as THC and CBD have become more potent. But, you always want to know the tastiest options out on the market so when you go out to a party or have a nice high night in, you can enjoy a potent edible that doesn’t taste like mulch.

Why do my edibles taste like twigs?

Oily resins, typically, make things taste like your chewing on a twig because they have an earthy, piney flavor that is a trade-off for a potent edible. However, this is usually the case because the cooks and or manufacturers aren’t using the right flavor house to mask the flavor or at least compliment the THC or CBD flavor.  If your goal as an edible brand, enhance your current brand or private label to make tasty treats that go down easily, then get samples and SOP’s from Dolce Foglia (pronounced Dole-Che Foe-Lia), a California based Flavor House.

How to make Edibles taste good

What does Dolce Foglia do to foolproof its clients’ edibles?

I’m sure you’ve read every article out that from every cook in the nation that toots using all kinds of techniques and fancy recipes but somehow that very strong bitter taste persists in your mouth after the “flavor” has faded away. What Dolce Foglia does is create potent flavors that make the flavor of THC/CBD imperceptible to the pallette or compliment the flavor to at least rid the tongue of that nasty bitter aftertaste. The trick is we are manufactures of flavor and not distributors.

Cookie Edibles

Less is More

Our flavors are so potent and powerful that, typically, we use 20 to 40 times less flavor than our competitor flavor houses to get real results. Please try and tell me that that doesn’t ease your inventory shelves from all the weight of flavor you order and the massive shipping costs you pay to have them stocked. Instead of getting flavors meant for everyday foods, buy flavors meant for everyday edibles.

Edible Flavors

Potency is Your Friend

Just as you put in highly potent oils of THC and CBD into your cooking, you want to also place highly potent flavors to compete. Otherwise, the flavor gets lost and doesn’t make a dent to your edibles flavor profile. Therein, you may think that lowering the dosage in your edibles may help boost the flavor but in the end, it only has minimal effects in the flavor taste and the edible still has a very bitter flavor.

Request a sample from Dolce Foglia and hop on a call with us to help consult with our flavor chemist and food scientists for optimal flavor implementation and performance in your edible concoction.

Cut the Leg Work

You’re running a sophisticated edible line, your customers have already decided your brand is their go-to. However, you’re not satisfied with your end product. Get a free consultation today from Dolce Foglia and wow your customers so they truly never leave your brand. When they compare your brand with your competitors it won’t even be a competition.

Delicious Edibles

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Edible reformuation 2020

Is it time to reformulate your edibles?

The cannabis industry is an ever-evolving business and if your product isn’t evolving with the pallette of the market, you will get left behind. Especially as big businesses are developing plans to take over the industry as more states legalize cannabis usage. One way to get ahead is to make certain your edibles stand above your current competitors and future competitors by improving their taste and scent. This article will explain to you how Dolce Foglia reformulates your products so you not only sustain your customers but also have them talk about product innovations.

EDIBLE Market

With the coming rise of consumption lounges, it’s important to ask yourself, what products these cafes are going to stock. Will it be their own private label or both their own and a highly demanded product in the market.

What is product reformulation?

Food or edible reformulation is defined as the redesigning of an existing food product with the objective of improving the product’s health profile or flavor profiles. That is Dolce Foglia edible expertise; you provide us the current product/formula and we enhance it using our flavors and recipe tweaks.

Our Reformulation Process

EDIBLE FLAVORS

Step 1: Get an Estimate

We get all the details to produce our estimate—not only what flavor and what type of product you’re interested in creating, but also the volume of your order, your production timeline, and the ultimate targets for your brand.

Step 2: Try Your Flavored Product

We create samples of your product to your flavor specifications. If it’s not quite right, we’ll adjust the formula up to 3 times and help with the SOP’s.

Step 3: Finalize Your Product Formulation

When we’ve gotten everything just right, we’ll finalize your custom formulation and produce the quantity of flavoring you need for manufacturing.

Step 4: Receive Your Order

When we provide your flavoring, we not only give you a superior product, we also coach you on the proper use and storage so that you get optimal outcomes and the best possible value.

Why choose Dolce Foglia as your primary edible reformulation expert?

Our extensive knowledge in the flavor industry with our extremely potent flavors will help mask the taste and smell of THC/CBD products. Additionally, our ability to work with your team hands-on will help guide, in a timely manner, the end-product you are looking for. We aim to exceed your expectations and deliver a product that will wow your team and your customers.

We work with our clients every step of the way to determine what they need, whether they choose one of our ready-made flavors or opt to have us craft a unique blend, and provide training and instruction on the most effective and safe use of our flavorings.

We’ll be with you step by step from the first moment of inspiration until your product hits the shelves to ensure that the result lives up to your expectations.

WEED EDIBLES

What else do we provide?

Dolce Foglia is a full-service flavor house catering to the growing cannabis and hemp industry. We work with both cannabis brands looking to grow as well as entrepreneurs just starting out.

Whether you’re a cultivator or manufacturer, Dolce Foglia can provide you a high-quality flavoring solution.

Dolce Foglia provides complete flavoring and product consultation services to businesses in the cannabis and hemp industry. We help you create superior products that capture market share and build your brand. With our expert team of food scientists and flavorists, we design and develop unforgettable products limited only by your imagination.

In these trying times, it’s the perfect opportunity to improve the taste and quality of your cannabis products. Which the help of Dolce Foglia, we can help improve the taste and scent quality of your edibles. To get an estimate, call (310)498-7968 or email Joshua@dolcefoglia.com to provide you a high-quality product reformulation solution today.

Cannabis Flavor House

The Flavor Revolution in Cannabis 2020

Typically, marijuana has its own flavor notes that are distinguished by the strains terpenes. Terpenes are aromatic compounds that can be botanically or cannabis-derived that create scents of many plants, such as cannabis, pine, lavender, and orange peel. Fortunately, there are terpene companies that sell either cannabis and or botanically derived terpenes to enhance your current buds or oils. More opportune, Dolce Foglia has developed a flavor innovation for cannabis products.

What kind of flavors does Dolce Foglia create?

Dolce Foglia creates flavors such as raspberry, passionfruit, blueberry, ginger, and many more that include terpenes and have the ability to conceal the smell and taste of marijuana. This feat is done by using 50+ ingredients per flavor that are all FEMA GRAS (flavor and extract manufacturers association and generally recognized as safe) as described in the 1958 Food Additives Amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. These flavors have multiple applications depending upon the flavor type, oil, or water-soluble. For example, passionfruit, an oil-soluble flavor, would be able to be applied to pre-rolls, flowers, shatter, oil, and baked goods. While strawberry, on the other hand, is a water-soluble flavor that flavors beverages, candy, and gummies very well.

Cannabis Flavor Application

What makes Dolce Foglia flavors different from other flavor houses?

What separates Dolce Foglia from other flavor houses is the fact that they are the manufacturer of flavors and not just a distributor. Moreover, the flavors capacity for flavor and aroma is 40 times more effective than normal flavors on the market currently. These flavor innovations require a very little amount of flavor to create a lasting and masking effect whether that be applied to food, cannabis, oils, or beverages. The flavor themselves, have the option of being natural, artificial, and natural/artificial.

We manufacture and produce custom flavors for both CBD and THC:

  • Pre-Rolls
  • Vape Cartridges
  • Savory & Snacks
  • Bakery & Confectionary
  • Hemp/Cannabis
  • Shatter/Oils
  • Tinctures
  • Edibles, and more

We work with our clients every step of the way to determine what they need, whether they choose one of our ready-made flavors or opt to have us craft a unique blend, and provide training and instruction on the most effective and safe use of our flavorings. Dolce Foglia is a full-service flavor house catering to the growing cannabis and hemp industry. We work with both cannabis brands looking to grow as well as entrepreneurs just starting out.

Whether you’re a cultivator or manufacturer, Dolce Foglia can provide you a high-quality flavoring solution.

Services

Dolce Foglia provides complete flavoring and product consultation services to businesses in the cannabis and hemp industry. We help you create superior products that capture market share and build your brand. With our expert team of food scientists, pastry chefs, and flavorists, we design and develop unforgettable products limited only by your imagination.

Product Reformulation

Services we offer:

Ready-Made Flavors – Flavors that are current in our inventory

Flavor Creation – Create a custom flavor your project and products

Flavor Matching – Matching a current flavor you like and beat the pricing

Concierge Alliance – A Partnership in product and flavor development for sale

Cannabis Product Formulation and Reformulation

Consulting

Exclusive Flavor Formulation – Create a flavor exclusive to you and your company

Our Process

Dolce Foglia is hands-on with our clients because we’re not satisfied until you are. We start with a personal consultation to understand your goals and work with you every step of the way to ensure those goals are met.

1. Get an Estimate

We get all the details to produce our estimate—not only what flavor and what type of product you’re interested in creating, but also the volume of your order, your production timeline, and the ultimate targets for your brand.

2. Try Your Flavored Product

We create samples of your product to your flavor specifications. If it’s not quite right, we’ll adjust the formula up to 3 times and help with the SOP.

3. Finalize Your Flavor Formulation

When we’ve gotten everything just right, we’ll finalize your custom formulation and produce the quantity of flavoring you need for manufacturing.

4. Receive Your Order

When we provide your flavoring, we not only give you a superior product, we also coach you on the proper use and storage so that you get optimal outcomes and the best possible value.

If you’ve got a great idea for a delicious product, the experts at Dolce Foglia can make it a reality. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

FEMA GRAS CANNABIS

What are FEMA GRAS approved ingredients?

What is FEMA GRAS?

In 1959, The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA) began establishing its program to assess the safety of flavor ingredients and demonstrate whether they were “GRAS” (generally recognized as safe). Since then, the FEMA GRAS program has become the longest-running and most widely recognized industry GRAS assessment program for flavor and food ingredients to date. Therefore, when purchasing your flavors for your foods, beverages, etc. it’s important to note whether these flavors are FEMA GRAS.

The first FEMA expert panel was established in 1960 which began the Expert Panel’s evaluation of the safety of flavor ingredients. Then and now, the Expert Panel typically consists of six to eight members which are comprised of top experts in toxicology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, metabolism, and pathology. Although the Expert Panel has been financially supported by FEMA, it assigns strict assessment operations for full independence and negates conflict of interest by the members.

Typically, the assessment encompass a number of techniques now common in safety evaluations including the use of metabolic studies and structural relationships that had not been previously been applied in a significant manner to food ingredients prior to the formation of the Panel in 1960.

The GRAS Concept

Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is a United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is one way in which the regulatory bodies of authority consider a chemical or substance added to food-safe by members on the Expert Panel.  Therein, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements are exempt.

GRAS status may be achieved either thorugh the FDA’s voluntary GRAS notification program (FDA, 1997) or through a properly conducted GRAS determination made by a private party. Section 201(s) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act provides:

The term food additive means any substance the intended use of which results or may reasonably be expected to result, directly or indirectly, in its becoming a component or otherwise affecting the characteristics of any food . . . if such substance is not generally recognized, among experts qualified by training and experience to evaluate its safety as having been adequately shown through scientific procedures (or in the case of a substance used in food prior to January 1, 1958, through either scientific procedures or experience based on common use in food) to be safe under the conditions of intended use . . .

For food ingredients to be considered GRAS, it must meet all four key criteria to be substantiated as generally recognized as safe and exempt from the requirements for food additive approval:

  1. There must be a general recognition of safety by qualified experts (i.e. Expert Panel).
  2. These experts must be qualified by training and experience to evaluate the substance’s safety.
  3. The determination of safety must be deduced by experts through scientific procedures or on common use in food prior to 1958.
  4. The determination of GRAS must take into account the conditions of intended use for the substance, in other words, its function in the food, e.g. flavoring.

Additionally, it’s important to note that the determinations of GRAS must be generally determined and not just by asserations as to safety per se.

How Does the FEMA GRAS Program Meet the Requirements for GRAS?

Qualified Experts

The FEMA Expert Panel commit themselves to the protection of public health through expert safety evaluation of flavor ingredients, utilizing the best available scientific procedures and information. Most typically, the members of the FEMA Expert Panel are comprised of scientific experts from academia and have never been employees of FEMA member companies or employees of companies in the food industry.

What are the Scientific Procedures to Determine Safety?

The scientific criteria exercised by the FEMA Expert Panel for its GRAS assessments are disclosed in the peer-reviewed scientific literature for the purpose of transparency by regulators, businesses and the public. The current criteria for the GRAS assessment of single, chemically defined flavoring substances are described by Smith et al. (2005a).  The current criteria for natural flavor complexes are described in Smith et al. (2004) and Smith et al. (2005b).  The safety standard applied by the FEMA Expert Panel is the same standard required by FDA, a “reasonable certainty of no harm.”

Where does Dolce Foglia source their flavor ingredients?

Dolce Foglia sources its flavor ingredients from all over the globe from FEMA GRAS approved vendors with FEMA GRAS approved ingredients for quality assured flavor. Additionally, Dolce Foglia extends its quality by obtaining COA’s per flavor along with MSDS for the safety information per flavor.

Call Dolce Foglia today at (310)498-7968 to receive a quote on flavor.

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How Can I Create Flavored Marijuana Products?

Now that marijuana has moved into the mainstream, the methods for consuming it have moved well beyond the stereotypes once common in movies. Customers don’t just have the choice between different strains of cannabis specifically bred to have higher or lower concentrations of THC or CBD—they can choose between edibles of all kinds, vapes, pre-rolls, and more. What they’re often looking for as well is improved taste.

Marijuana has a distinctive odor and taste that even fans of its effects can find off-putting, and which can be a barrier to those looking to try cannabis for health reasons who probably grew up with strong negative messaging about it. Thus, many creators of cannabis products put a considerable amount of thought and work into creating flavored products that mask or even eliminate the characteristic taste and smell.

One thing you might have heard of are flavored strains of marijuana. Growers have specifically developed strains of the plant to evoke hints of popular flavors such as citrus, fruit, vanilla, or chocolate. The important word here is “hints”—the primary flavor of any of these varieties is still going to be the usual cannabis taste. Chances are, unless you are a true aficionado, you’re not going to appreciate the differences at this level.

Many cannabis products now use various kinds of oils, concentrates, or extracts as a base. Some consumers don’t want to smoke marijuana to derive its benefits, while others prefer the fact that concentrates often mean that you use less of the product to achieve the same result. When you develop products using these concentrates, you have the opportunity to imbue them with flavors to appeal to any kind of taste, whether you’re creating tinctures, gummies, dab, or vape oil.

Of course, creating an appealing flavor isn’t as simple as it might sound. Online do-it-yourself articles might recommend using essential oils or extracts found in the baking aisle to flavor marijuana, but that’s hardly the approach we would recommend to entrepreneurs creating a professional-level product. For one thing, such a process is likely to be hit-or-miss at best in achieving good results; for another, the combination of elements might not ultimately be safe for its intended method of consumption. This is an area where you’ll want to invest in expert help to get professional-level results.

This is why we founded Dolce Foglia—to assist businesses in the emerging cannabis market to create superior products for their customers. Our decades of experience in flavoring all kinds of consumer products are at your service. We use only the highest quality ingredients accepted as safe for consumption to craft our custom flavorings. We’re not happy until your product lives up to your expectations, which is why we work with you hand in hand from start to finish to ensure your satisfaction. To find out more about how Dolce Foglia can help your brand stand out from the crowd, contact us today.

5 Things to Consider When Creating a New Vape Product

Vaping has understandably become a popular way to consume cannabis as more and more states legalize both medical and recreational use. Compared to smoking cannabis, vaping is less harsh, but gives the user the same benefit of immediate onset. This is a real advantage for certain users—for example, cancer patients using cannabis to counteract nausea caused by chemotherapy. If you’re looking to add vape products to your brand, here are some things you should think about as develop them.

  1. Know the regulations for your market: While vaping products are in demand, they have also become heavily scrutinized in recent years, due to an unfortunate rash of vaping-related illness in 2019. Feeling that flavored vaping products were largely targeted at younger users, many jurisdictions have limited or banned their sale. Currently, California is not among the states that have banned the sale of flavored cannabis vaping products, but before you invest time and money in developing a new product, make sure you know what’s allowed—and what might not be.
  2. Safety first: The majority of the illnesses cited above were caused by illicit vaping products sold outside the legal market, but that only underscores the need to be certain that you’re working with reputable suppliers and experienced manufacturers when you’re developing your products.
  3. THC or CBD?: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), while both found in cannabis, have very different effects. THC is the psychoactive substance that produces the “high” associated with cannabis, while CBD is non-psychoactive. Depending on the effect consumers are looking for from your product, you may want to include more or less of one or the other, so know what your goal is.
  4. Choose the delivery method: Chances are, you’re not creating a proprietary type of vape pen. If you want to manufacture cartridges, you’ll reach a wider audience if you use a standard 510-thread cartridge. An alternative is to produce cannabis oil that your customers can use to refill their own vape cartridges. Either way, give some thought to which end product will net you the greatest number of potential customers.
  5. Make it stand out with exceptional flavor: Once you’ve created a high-quality, easy-to-use product, the way to make it truly unique is to give it a great flavor. After all, the market doesn’t lack for vape cartridges with cloying, artificial flavors or frankly weird flavor choices. Pick something delicious and you’ll hook your customers two ways—with quality and with taste.

Dolce Foglia is your partner in producing truly superior cannabis products. We don’t just stock the best flavorings in the business—we design them. If you can imagine it, we can create it. Our expert team not only works with you to get your flavors just right, but also gives you the guidance through production to make sure the end result is exactly what you dreamed of. To find out how we can make your products extraordinary, contact us today.

3 Popular Flavors of 2020

Like colors in fashion, the flavors offered in consumer products can be subject to trends. Adding a new flavor to your lineup can be a good way to spark new interest in what you have to offer from both established customers and those looking to try something new. The trick is to find flavors with wide appeal and positive associations that will make a potential consumer want to sample your products.

Whether you’re looking to flavor beverages, baked goods, gummies, vape cartridges, or another type of cannabis product, the potential list of tastes you should consider depends on what kind of audience you’re trying to appeal to and the overall sense you want them to take away from your brand. Flavor choices carry associations that may be subconscious, but powerful when people are choosing what they want to buy. Here are three you might want to consider for 2020:

  • Watermelon: The light, sweet taste of watermelon is one that conjures up images of summer, sunshine, and the outdoors. Broadly speaking, fruit flavors also tend to be associated with health and wellness. Watermelon is only slightly more exotic than everyday fruits like apples and bananas, which means it gets points for having the air of being both familiar and a treat.
  • Cookies and Cream: The perfect combination of chocolate and vanilla flavors, cookies and cream is a wonderful taste to add to your product line. It has wide appeal for those who love sweets, while also being homey enough for those looking for a little comfort-food goodness.
  • Blueberry Cheesecake: If you’re looking for a flavor that says “treat yourself,” cheesecake is a natural choice. It’s a perennial favorite on dessert menus because of its decadent creaminess. Blueberry gives it just a hint of delicious tartness as well, for a combination that gives the sense of a “you’re worth it” indulgence.

Of course, the trick to successfully flavoring any product is execution. Who hasn’t read scathing reviews of great-sounding flavors that didn’t hit the mark and ended up cloying or artificial-tasting? This is an area where it is essential to bring in expert help to make sure that you get it right on the first try. Customers who are turned off by a first failed attempt at a flavor aren’t likely to give you a second chance to possibly offend their taste buds.

This is where Dolce Foglia comes in. If you’re looking to start a line of cannabis products or expand your existing line with different flavors, we have the expertise you need. Our knowledge has been honed through decades of flavoring a wide variety of consumer products to appeal to all kinds of customers. We will work with you throughout the development process to ensure that the finished product lives up to your original vision. If you’ve got a great idea for a delicious product, the experts at Dolce Foglia can make it a reality. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.

 

Our Story

Every business has a tale to tell about the initial spark that inspired its birth. Dolce Foglia’s inspiration came from a combination of insight, expertise, and entrepreneurial passion, resulting in an enterprise dedicated to helping cannabis businesses soar.

It all began with the Cobos’s family business. Being in the pharmaceutical industry, we couldn’t help but witness the negative side of traditional medicine as well. Some patients prescribed powerful painkillers traded physical pain for addiction, and the negative consequences resulting from it. Others, fearing just such an outcome, suffered rather than risk dependency. Like our patients, we were intrigued at the possibilities cannabis offered for relief without the devastating side effects associated with conventional medications.

It didn’t take us long to discover why the number of patients who actually tried cannabis was much lower than the number who expressed interest. Edibles and pre-rolls often carried a distinctive taste and odor that was, frankly, unappealing. For those trying to overcome preconceived negative associations with cannabis, the thought of carrying that distinctive odor with them to a job or among their friends and family was enough to dissuade them from trying it altogether.

As lifelong entrepreneurs, when we see problems, we look for solutions. The key to solving this problem lay in applying the right knowledge—in this case, the flavoring expertise of our team, led by Ed van der Loo. His four decades’ of experience in creating appealing flavors for some of the biggest companies in the world is just what the fledgling businesses of the cannabis industry need to expand their reach to exactly the people who need what they have to offer.

Our experience in creating and nurturing our own businesses has also taught us that it isn’t enough to simply have a good idea if you want to succeed. In the increasingly crowded field of cannabis enterprises, making your products stand out from the rest isn’t easy. That’s why Dolce Foglia is more than just a flavoring company. Of course, we’re dedicated to producing unforgettable high-quality flavorings, both custom and ready-made, for our clients. However, we also offer a full suite of services to help them develop new products and set their production and distribution up for success. We’re not here to simply sell you a product—we’re with you every step of the way to translate your vision into reality.

Dolce Foglia brings together a team of professionals passionate about achieving excellence. Our goal is to not only craft amazing flavors to make your cannabis products the best they can be, but also to work in strategic partnership with you to help you realize the full potential of your business. We’re excited about what cannabis has to offer consumers and we’re eager to help your business thrive. Whether you’re creating edible, tinctures, beverages, vape cartridges, pre-rolls, or more, Dolce Foglia can make your CBD and THC products extraordinary. To find out more about our services, contact us today.