Vanilla Ice Cream Flavor -Homemade and French Vanilla

Vanilla Ice Cream is one of the most popular flavors of ice cream, and some say that of all ice cream eaten, this flavor is eaten more than 50% of the time!  Vanilla ice cream has a very mild flavor that does not overwhelm other flavors, it is therefore a popular choice to be eaten in sundaes, ice cream sodas, cakes, and on its own!  Within vanilla ice cream, you’ll usually find two different flavors – Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream flavor, and French Vanilla Ice Cream flavor.  Homemade vanilla ice cream is the basic version, tasting mild, with a slight to-no after taste…it usually has a yellowish color.  French vanilla ice cream is a bit more complicated, and is custard-based, and is richer and creamier…it usually has a whiter color, sometimes with flecks of brown, and will have a stronger (though still mild) taste to many people…some may find it ever-so-slightly bitter.

Pear – shape, juice, and pear flavor

The pear is a popular fruit. The pear’s flavor has been described as being sweet if ripe, or slightly bittery if not ripe. Ideally, the pear will be soft when you bite into it – not hard and crunchy like the apple. It will also be somewhat watery. The pear flavor is not very strong, but mild, with the strongest flavor being the aftertaste. Pears do not have an exotic flavor, and would appeal to people that do not like intense flavors; many people find them easy on the stomach. Pears are at their best when eaten fresh, however you can find canned pears, pear jams, and sometimes even pear juice, although this is not as popular a juice as orange or apple and you might not even find it in the supermarket. The pear is a greenish  color, sometimes when really ripe taking on a brown tinge.

The pear is the edible fruit which grows on the pear tree. The pear shape is very distinctive and the shape “pear” is often used to describe something that is narrow on top and wide on bottom – body shapes can even be described as pear-shaped.

White chocolate, popcorn, mocha, cake, chips, peppermint

Today’s flavor is white chocolate.  White chocolate is a popular variation of the classic flavor chocolate.  White chocolate flavor has been described as tasting like chocolate but with a milky and smoother flavor. The ingredients for white chocolate include sugar, cocoa butter (the fat from cocoa beans), milk solids, lecithin, sugar, and vanilla.  One notable difference between chocolate and white chocolate is that white chocolate does not contain chocolate liquor or cocoa solids.  Because it does not have any cocoa solids, white chocolate (unlike regular chocolate) does not have any caffeine.  White chocolate should not be confused with milk chocolate. (Milk chocolate actually IS chocolate, and contains sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, milk, and vanilla.)  Milk chocolate appears as a brown color like chocolate, while white chocolate appears as white.White chocolate is incredibly popular, and many people that do not care for regular chocolate like white chocolate as the flavor is quite different.  Flavorings of white chocolate include white chocolate pepperment bark which is popular around Christmas.  White chocolate fudge is a popular dessert and is described as being creamy, rich, and very sweet – you can find recipes easy online.  White chocolate cheesecake is popular in the supermarkets – a very dense and decadent dessert.  You’ll never find white chocolate popcorn in a movie theater, however if you find a gourmet popcorn bag, you might find this flavor.  Other items which have been flavored successfully with white chocolate include white chocolate mocha (to drink), white chocolate cookies (you can add white chocolate chips to make them), white chocolate pretzels (very popular and easy to find), white chocolate syrup, white chocolate icing, white chocolate liquer, white chocolate m&ms (yes, they exist), and the list goes on and on.White chocolate – great flavor!! 

Ham soda -it’s kosher!

Are you ready for ham flavored soda?   It’s hheeeeerre!  (And no, I did not say ham WITH soda, and i also did not say coke-flavored ham or ham cooked with coke,  i said HAM SODA! )  The Seattle-based Jones Soda Co. is offering a Christmas pack of flavored sodas, and among these is ham soda. And yes, it is kosher!  (Thank goodness, right?) This interesting flavor is meant to compliment Christmas because it goes right in with “Christmas Ham” (it’s just a carbonated version!).  The carbonated ham-flavored beverage will be caffeine free, and you might just see it in the supermarket right next to coke, so don’t pick it up accidentally! ha ha ha.  You can pick up the ham-flavored soda as part of the Jones Soda 2007 Holiday Christmas pack.

Anise Flavored Liqueur

Anise Flavored Liqueur is a type of liqueur which is flavored with anise. Pretty simple, eh?  (A liqueur is an alcoholic beverage that has a sweet-tasting flavor…liqueurs are often used to add that extra flavor to an alcoholic drink).  You’ll find the taste sweet, and some people would describe the flavor as tasting licorice-like.  The sweet-flavored beverage should be mixed in a cocktail for best tasting results! Different parts of the country call anise-flavored liqueur different things.  There are varieties known as anisette, ouzo, and sambuca.  Absinthe is one variety made from  a narcotic herb (so not widely sold)- wormwood, which a plant whose leaves include absinthine and anabsinthine, and is sometimes used for indegestion.  A drier-flavored variety of anise liqueur is anis.