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Why banana candy doesn’t taste like banana

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Reactions Science Videos | February 03, 2021

Have you ever eaten a Laffy Taffy and thought, “Wow, that tastes just like a banana!” We didn’t think so. But apparently, there’s one variety of banana that’s not far off from its candy counterpart. In this episode of Reactions, we got our hands on that hard-to-find-variety and others to investigate which banana tastes the most like artificial banana flavoring.

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A History of Flavoring Food With Beaver Butt Juice

Making isoamyl acetate in a chemistry lab

Influence of different banana cultivars on volatile compounds during ripening in cold storage

Influence of harvest season on volatile aroma constituents of two banana cultivars by electronic nose and HS-SPME coupled with GC-MS

Banana flavor: Insights into isoamyl acetate production

Aromatic Profile of Aqueous Banana Essence and Banana Fruit by Gas Chromatography−Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and Gas Chromatography−Olfactometry (GC-O)

A Perspective on Chemosensory Quality Coding

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