I thought, hey, I'll use some of this peppermint extract I bought oh-so-long-ago to make some raw thin mints from Purely Twins' website. I mean, the little jar cost about $4,000, so shouldn't it be put to good use? Hey, wait, I said as I reached for the little bottle, this says, "peppermint flavor" while the vanilla sitting next to it says, "vanilla extract" - why do those nouns seem so, so different? Because they are. Extract = real. Flavor = science. Le sigh, you see where I am going with this? It gets worse. I flip the little guy over and read the ingredients (that, mind you, should simply say "peppermint flavoring" or something, no? No.
Ingredients: Sunflower oil, peppermint oil
Do you know what that means? To me, it means the jar could be 99% sunflower oil and 1% peppermint oil. Because companies are allowed to do that to their customers and they often do. It's the reason I, when looking for quinoa pasta, never bought any boxes of it. The ingredients usually read something like this: corn flour, quinoa flour, water. The first ingredient listed is always the "more of" in the product. Example: this smoothie would read banana before chia seeds, since there were 2 entire bananas and just a tablespoon of soaked chia seeds. You catch my drift?
Peppermint oil is gross in smoothies. I'm disappointed. I need mint leaves.