What is the difference between extracts and flavoring oils?

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To start about what is similar between extracts and flavoring oils is the fact that they're both flavoring ingredients. However, the main difference is that flavoring oils are not made with alcohol and therefore cannot be labeled an extract. Fortunately, though, most recipes and substitute flavorings for extracts and vice versa. 

Extracts use approximately 35% alcohol solution to suspend the flavor ingredients. While flavoring oils are a medley of natural and artificial flavoring components to create a complex flavor profile.  Many of the ingredients found in flavoring oils range from varying ingredient bases such as, isolates, absolutes, essences, essential oils, extracts, oleoresins, and other compounds. 

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Do flavoring oils have a scent?

Flavor oils contain both a scent and taste. In order to obtain the full effect of the flavor, sweeteners and acids can be included. 

Can you eat flavoring oil?

Since flavoring oil is highly concentrated, it is recommended to only eat it once it has been cooked or embedded into a larger batch of cooking applications like sauces, gummies, hard candies, chocolates and other fat soluble bases. 

Which is stronger, flavoring oil or extract?

Dolce Foglia's Flavoring oil tends to be 60-80% stronger than extracts since it is more concentrated.

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What is a flavor concentrate?

Most flavor concentrates are water based and utilized for e-juice products. However, Dolce Foglia's concentrates are all oil based flavors that are best used in cooking confectionery products such as, chocolates, hard candies, gummies, gum, candy coatings, and baking. 

The purpose of making them so concentrated is for our customers to get more for their buck. Concentrated oil flavoring requires less packaging, takes us less storage space, and is extremely versatile in application use where a customer can use our flavors for many activities or hobbies. 

How much flavor concentrate should you use?

The use rate depends on the flavor. But the general rule of thumb for Dolce Foglia's concentrated flavor oils is to use about 0.1-0.5% of the total batch size.

To break this down into numbers, here is a simple equation.

Total batch size = 100 grams

Flavor use = 0.5%

Flavor use in grams = 0.5 grams or 500 milligrams

Do flavor concentrates go bad?

Flavor concentrates don't actually spoil but as a food product, we put "best by" dates on our products with the typical best by timeline is 2-3 years. These dates have a tendency to be relatively arbitrary as the flavor quality remains high post best by date. 

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What are the top 10 flavor extracts are there?

  1. Orange extract
  2. Butter Extract
  3. Banana Extract
  4. Vanilla Extract
  5. Almond Extract
  6. Lemon Extract
  7. Peppermint Extract
  8. Coconut Extract
  9. Rum Extract
  10. Maple Extract

What are the top 10 candy flavoring oils from Dolce Foglia?

  1. Watermelon
  2. Pineapple
  3. Blueberry
  4. Strawberry
  5. Orange Creamsicle
  6. Cherry
  7. Banana
  8. Habanero
  9. Raspberry
  10. Lemon

What are the different types of names that flavor oils are called?

  1. Candy flavor oil
  2. Chocolate flavor oil
  3. Lip balm flavoring oil
  4. Concentrated oil flavoring
  5. Baking flavor oil

Are flavor oils sweet?

Flavor oils are not inherently sweet even if they have a sweet aroma, it won't taste sweet. To make a flavor oil sweet, it is easy to add sugar or sweeteners.

What is the purpose of oil based flavorings?

The purpose of oil based flavoring is to be able flavor fat soluble products. Dolce Foglia has created a flavor library for many customers that were unable to successfully flavor their oil based products with the variety of flavors we carry today. 

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Are flavor oils safe for lip balm and lip application?

Yes, flavor oils are safe for lip balm and lip gloss usage and recommend a use rate of 1-2%. To make the flavor sweet, sweeteners such as monk fruit or stevia extract can be applied. If you'd like to learn about this further, check out our lip balm blog and our lip gloss blog. 

What are the top 10 flavor oils use for lip balm and lip gloss?

  1. Strawberry
  2. Peppermint
  3. Watermelon
  4. Orange Creamsicle
  5. Lemon
  6. Passion Fruit
  7. Mango
  8. Banana
  9. Cherry
  10. Apple
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What are Dolce Foglia's flavoring carrier oils?

We utilize high quality mct oil which is a fractionated coconut oil. MCT stand for medium-chain-triglyceride which are extremely small fat molecules that are easy for the body to digest and absorb into your blood stream quickly. 

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Are Dolce Foglia flavor oils keto-friendly?

All our oil based flavorings are perfect for keto diets as they contain zero carbs and zero sugars and contain the amazing fat molecule of MCT oil. 

Do Dolce Foglia's concentrated flavor oils have sugar?

Dolce Foglia's concentrated flavor oils contain zero sugar and zero carbs.

Are Dolce Foglia candy flavor oils clear?

Some of the candy flavor oils are clear and some are not. 

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Can these oil soluble flavors be used for lollipops?

Yes, 100%. This also includes hard tack candy.

Can I use this to flavor a tincture?

Yes. Use sparingly.

Can these candy flavor oils be added to CBD oil?

Yes these oil flavor concentrates can be added to CBD oil when the CBD oil is heated up. 

Can I use the candy flavor oils for candle making?

Yes. All the oil based flavors can be used for candle making. My favorite is the banana. 

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Is it possible to mix flavors?

Yes! 100%. That's the fun and when you have a ton of flavor options, you can literally become willy wanka at home. 


Do these flavor oils come with droppers?

Yes the bottle that the flavors are packaged in come with a dropper.  

 If you'd like to learn more about strawberry flavoring oil, strawberry extract, strawberry emulsions and strawberry concentrate please read this article!


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