Based on my not-subtle hint, my mom got me a You Choose pack of LorAnn flavorings for Christmas (affiliate link here and throughout the post). I'm really happy with the flavors she chose. They aren't a perfect match for what I would have chosen for myself, but it's close. I found a metal candy tin that is just the right side to hold the 18 flavors Mom gave me and the four I already had. The tin fits nicely in a kitchen drawer, so it's quick and easy for me to grab a bottle and add a drop of flavoring to a glass of water or to use in baking.
Labeling My Flavorings (aka Dealing with My LorAnn Obsession)
There's only one problem.
When the bottles are in the tin, you can't see the labels. I'd be in the mood for raspberry and have to pick up a dozen bottles before finding the one I wanted. I dealt with it for a month before solving the problem with sticker paper, a 1/2" punch, and letter stickers.
In just a few minutes, I labeled all my flavorings. Except one. That blank one is a duplicate (Cinnamon). Rather than label both Cinnamons, I left the one that was already open unlabeled so that after I use it up, the remaining one is labeled.
As you can see, there are some flavors that have the same initial letter (Peach, Pear, Pineapple, and Pomegranate, for example). Worst case scenario, I find the one I want on the fourth try. Not a big deal. It did feel a little weird to label Tropical Punch as TP.
After labeling, I made myself a chart of my flavors. Most are soluble in water, which is important for me to know, since my primary use for the flavors has been to add a drop to a glass of water. After one unpleasant oil slick at the top of my drink, now I know which will blend nicely and give me a tasty drink. So far, my favorites for flavoring water are pineapple and raspberry.
My chart also shows which flavors are appropriate to use with chocolate and Candy Melts. Some will cause thickening, but that is easily solved by adding a tiny bit of coconut oil or cocoa butter to return to the proper consistency.
In addition to flavoring my water, I've been using LorAnn oils in all sorts of ways with great success. I'll be sharing some of my ideas in upcoming blog posts.