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Jan 2, 2008 07:13 PM

Extract vs. Oil vs. Flavor

What are the differences? Are there specific uses for each? For my first batch of peppermint bark, I used an old bottle of McCormick peppermint extract. It turned out quite well, but I thought the peppermint flavor could have been better. I visited Penzey's and unfortunately, they don't have any peppermint extract. So I bought organic peppermint flavor from Whole Foods. It has a more viscous consistency than extract, but I think I actually preferred the flavor from the extract (or perhaps I needed to use more of the peppermint flavor). I also have some peppermint oil and am wondering how that would work in the bark.

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  1. My bottle of TJ's peppermint extract is apparently nothing more than peppermint oil that's been diluted in alcohol; so I'm guessing that oil may be more worth it I guess. I've actually never heard of flavor but it sounds intriguing: did you read the ingredients list?

    1. This is a great online supplier of flavoring extracts, oils and concentrates. Their website is also very informative on what the most appropriate uses are for extracts, oils and flavor concentrates.

      http://www.naturesflavors.com (scroll down to the bottom of the page...under the subheading of product information, there are links to 'about essential oils', 'about carrier oils', etc.

      i believe the differences of alcohol and oil-based products make one more ideal for flavoring beverages and the other for baking/cooking due to heat stability.