Flavourings FAQ

02 Oct 2019


Here at Lollipops, we have three main flavour product lines: the famous LorAnn Oils, LorAnn Bakery Emulsions, and Caroline’s Oil Based Essences. They’re all amazing products but how do you decide which one you should use? Are any vegan, allergy friendly, or non-alcoholic?


Read on to have all your flavoursome questions answered!



LorAnn Oils have been manufacturing and distributing edible essential oils for over 50 years and they are well known for their high quality flavours. Their range of flavours is quite large as well. We stock over 40 different flavours in the LorAnn Oils range!


LorAnn Oils are preferred by professional candy makers and pastry chefs for making hard candy, especially as the flavour does not diminish at the high temperatures needed when making candy. It’s also brilliant in fondants, frostings and ice creams. 


How much to use:

The most important thing to remember is that LorAnn Oil Flavours are three to four times stronger than standard flavoured extracts so you’ll only need ¼ to ½ teaspoons of LorAnn Oil when substituting one teaspoon of standard extract.


Allergies & Dietary Requirements:

LorAnn Oils contain no diacetyl or vegetable oil, are Kosher certified, gluten free, and nut and dairy free. They are also all sugar free except for the Canadian Maple and Horchata flavours.


Do they contain alcohol?

Yes LorAnn Oils contain alcohol so they aren’t suitable for anyone who has religious reasons for avoiding all alcohol. They are suitable for children though, as the amount of LorAnn Oil you will be using to flavour your baking will not be enough to have any effect.


Are they Vegan friendly?

Yes and no. All LorAnn pure essential oils are Vegan-friendly. Unfortunately, LorAnn cannot guarantee that the other flavourings and specialty ingredients are 100% free of animal origin. Many natural flavour chemicals are found in a variety of sources, and may have been sourced from an animal by-product (ie. a fruit flavour may contain a smoothing effect from a component with a dairy or egg origin).  



Carolines Oil Based Flavoured Essences are highly concentrated and available in a wide range or flavours. They have been carefully developed to taste just like the real thing! Being oil based they can be used to flavour chocolate, icing, and even drinks.


Are they Vegan?

Yes! Carolines Oil Based Essences are vegan and many flavours do not contain alcohol.


Allergies & Dietary Requirements:

They are all nut, gluten, and fructose free.


Flavours that contain alcohol:

  • Banana
  • Butter 
  • Butterscotch
  • Cherry
  • English toffee
  • Milk
  • Musk
  • Raspberry
  • Rum 



LorAnn Bakery Emulsions are the preferred choice for professional bakers. They are used almost exclusively as opposed to extracts. Emulsions have a more potent, robust flavour that will not bake out when exposed to heat. 


What is a Bakery Emulsion?

Bakery Emulsions are LorAnn's version of an extract. Emulsions are ideal for baking and to flavour buttercream frosting, but are not appropriate for flavouring chocolate or hard candy due to their high water content; however, emulsions can be used to flavour candy centres. Oil based flavours like the Carolines range of oil flavours are ideal for flavouring chocolate.


An excellent choice for flavouring all of your homemade baked goods, including cookies, cakes, pastries, as well as frostings, glazes, and other confectionery items. Also delicious in pancakes, french toast, and yoghurt. 


How much to use?

These flavourings are formulated to be the same strength as an "extract" (1 teaspoon emulsion = 1 teaspoon extract), but instead of the flavour being diluted in alcohol, it is suspended in a water-base.  


So are they alcohol free?

Yes, LorAnn Emulsions are alcohol free (with the exception of Red Velvet which has less than 1%).  


Why use a water-based suspension when baking?

Water is a more neutral carrier than alcohol - it imparts no added flavour and does not evaporate as rapidly when exposed to heat. This allows the flavour to taste better, smell better and not "bake-out" as readily as a traditional alcohol-based extract.



Everything we smell and taste, even in nature, is made up of chemicals. Both artificial and natural flavours contain chemicals, often the exact same chemicals, they just come from different places.


Edible food flavours are blends of both synthetic and natural flavour chemicals, usually diluted in a carrier liquid. To create a particular taste chemists blend often hundreds of unique flavour molecules before they create the right taste.


Natural flavours, simply put, are extracted from natural sources such as flowers and fruits, and are then used to create a finished food flavour. Artificial flavours are often the exact same chemical compound, but made in a lab. They are often less expensive to produce and can be more environmentally friendly. They come under stricter purity standards and safety testing than natural flavours and therefore are sometimes considered safer. The quality of artificial flavours are also more consistent due to natural flavours having to contend with seasons, weather patterns, origins, etc.


We hope this has answered some of your questions around food flavourings, if there is still something else you would like to know feel free to give us a call or message us on chat!