Good day and welcome back to another episode. I’m john and today I will quickly go over each sweetener mentioned in the title and give you the pros and cons for each one. I included in this video today’s 4 most commonly used sweeteners and hopefully this information will help you get a better idea on how to use them inside your own eliquid recipes.
As a quick note before starting I want to say that the 3 sweeteners mentioned first (sucralose stevia and erythritol) are all equally good and it comes only down to personal preference and taste. Whereas ethyl Maltol is more of a sweetener enhancer that will also make eliquids sweeter but it works better when used in combination with another sweetener to make the flavor more candy like tasting.
Now starting with the first one and the most used sweetener in commercial eliquids and this is sucralose. This sweetener tastes very good and will give the most mouthfeel to a recipe out of all other ones but it also comes with a big downside of clogging coils.
It tends to caramelize and block the flow of the eliquid which ends up causing a dry burn and ruing the cotton. So the positives are great mouthfeel, familiar commercial taste, and it blends well inside flavors.
Negatives are , it can clog coils, and it will slightly increase the steeping time of a recipe. Next one is stevia, this is a fairly new type of sweetener and there are not many companies selling it yet in a liquid solution.
You might find stevia solutions made with Propylene glycol or you would have to do it yourself using pure stevia crystals and dissolving them in propylene glycol. In any case the taste of stevia is very good and mellow.
It tastes sweet similar to sucralose but lighter and with a slightly green aftertaste. If you like the taste of stevia it is a good alternative sweetener to use in eliquids and also you could try the capella stevia flavors.
The positives are its smooth,it does less damage to a coil than sucralose, and it has a unique floral sweetness that works very well in certain recipes. The negatives are its harder to find, and it is an acquired taste which is not exactly a negative point but nonetheless I included it.
Next one is Erythritol, this is a relatively newer sweetener available for eliquids. It is not that commonly used inside recipes but the people whom tried sayin it is a very good and clean burning sweetener.
I have tried erythritol and I can say that it tastes very similar to a mixture of ethyl Maltol and sucralose. Its light but also has a slightly candy like after taste. This is a good alternative to sucralose and it vaporizes much easier which helps extend the life of the coils.
The positives for erythritol are it has a clean sweet taste, it has a minimal to no aftertaste and it vaporizes very well. The negatives are that it is a little harder to find in the market and that’s pretty much the only one I can list for this all around good sweetener.
And last one for today is Ethyl Maltol, or also know as cotton candy. This is the second most popular sweetener after sucralose and it is also widely use in commercial eliquids and also commercial flavors too.
For example the sweetener available from TFA and Flavorwest are both a mixture of 5% sucralose and 5% ethyl Maltol. Where the super sweet flavor from capella its 10% sucralose only. The reason ethyl Maltol is used in eliquids is similar to erythritol.
They introduce a candy like sweetness that makes fruits and creams taste much fuller and richer. Ethyl Maltol comes with a downside too unfortunately and that is that it tends to mute or cover other flavors when used at high ratios.
This effect it is especially pronounced when ethyl Maltol is used with other candy like flavors like strawberry ripe, banana ripe or pear. Now the positives of ethyl Maltol are that it has a familiar candy taste, it helps with the vapor mouthfeel and it vaporizes much cleaner than sucralose.
The negatives are it can overpower a recipe very easily and make it just taste like sweet glycerin with no flavor and that it might add too much mouthfeel in some flavors making them taste harsh. Now these are the most commonly used sweeteners in eliquids today.
Leave me your thoughts about this topic in the comments and hopefully this was a usefully summary to help you with your custom eliquid recipes. That’s all I have for today I will see you again next time.