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Lorann Oils

Updated: Oct 27, 2021

Flavoring for baking and candy making

Recently, we received a few questions concerning our Lorann Oil Collection.

Here are some helpful tips:

For instance, pure vanilla extract is usually made by steeping vanilla beans in alcohol for an extended period of time. Flavoring oils, on the other hand, are the essential oil squeezed from the ingredient itself – the oils from the vanilla bean, the oils from the almond nut, the oil from the orange rind, and so on.


Super Strength Flavors - Also known as Candy oil or flavor oils

A little goes a long way!" Lorann's most concentrated type of flavoring. These intense and exceptionally versatile flavors are all appropriate for the higher temperature demands of hard candy making but can also be used to flavor just about anything! Many of these flavors are natural essential oils derived from the peel, flower or leaf of plants.

LorAnn Super Strength Flavors and Essential Oils are 3X to 4X stronger than typical alcohol-based extracts.

Use LorAnn Super Strength Flavors in:

  • Hard candy & confections such as cake pops, fudges, marshmallows, and brittles.

  • Most flavors are appropriate in chocolates

  • All baked goods such as cakes, cookies, muffins, frosting and fondant (use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per 1 cup butter or fat)

  • Ice cream & frozen dairy

Lorann Super Strength Flavors are:

  • Gluten free

  • Concentrated

  • Free of nut and dairy allergens

Caution: Please keep in mind that Lorann super strength flavors are extremely concentrated and should be used with care.

We recommend the following safe handling tips:

  • Keep out of reach of children

  • Do not ingest super strength flavors undiluted

  • Wipe-up spills quickly as prolonged contact to countertops may cause damage

  • Avoid using plastic utensils and bowls

  • Avoid rising steam when making hard candy

Special Note: Lorann Cinnamon Oil, Hot Cinnamon Flavor, Jalepeno Flavor, and Hot Chili Oil can cause irritation and a burning sensation if the oils come in contact with skin, eyes or mucous membranes. For contact with skin, wash area immediately with warm soapy water to remove oils. For contact with eyes or mucous membranes, flush with cool water. Seek medical attention if burning sensation persists.

'LorAnn Naturals' are concentrated, compounded flavors that are made with natural flavors, but are not essential oils. These flavorings are about half as potent as Lorann's traditional line of super strength flavorings.

LorAnn Naturals are about 2X stronger than typical alcohol-based extracts.

Use LorAnn Naturals Flavorings in:

  • Soft candies such as taffy, caramels, fudge, gummies and other confections (not recommended for use in hard candies or chocolates)

  • All baked goods

  • Ice cream & frozen dairy

Lorann Super Strength "LorAnn Naturals" Flavors are:

  • Gluten free

  • Concentrated

  • Kosher certified (except Creamy Caramel and Toffee)

  • Free of nut and dairy allergens

Super Strength Flavors & Food Grade Essential Oils

Concentrated Versatility. A Little Goes A Long Way!

Often referred to as candy oils,Lorann Super Strength flavor line is unsweetened, gluten-free, nut-free, and low-carb. Lorann's large offering of highly concentrated flavors are 3-4 times stronger than traditional extracts, and can be used in a variety of delicious ways.

Some labels are titled "Oil" and some are titled "Flavor. What is the difference?

All are flavoring components. The ones that have oil listed are oil-soluble. The flavors are generally a water, alcohol, or PG-based, so water-soluble. They are all formulated to be roughly the same strength. So, for baking either one will work well. However, for hard candy, it is best to choose water-soluble flavoring.

What is a Super Strength flavor?

LorAnn's super strength flavors are highly concentrated flavors designed to withstand the higher temperature demands of candy making, but can also be used to flavor just about anything including baked goods and frosting! This type of concentrated flavor is also referred to as a candy oil, candy flavoring oil, or concentrated extract. Many of LorAnn's super strength flavors are appropriate for use directly in chocolates, while other flavors are soluble in water. Solubility is dependent on many factors.


Many flavors are built by combining both water-soluble and oil-soluble flavoring ingredients, such as essential oils and aroma chemicals, with a carrier system that may include alcohol, propylene glycol, glycerin or water which are all water-soluble solvents; or sweet almond oil or caprylic and capric triglycerides which are oil-soluble solvents.

A product listed as water-soluble on Lorann's specifications cannot necessarily be dropped into water and incorporated, but rather it means it would best be used in a non-oil system such as in hard candy, baking, or dairy applications.

A product listed as oil-soluble on Lorann specification can be successfully used in oil applications where the presence of water or moisture can create issues to the application matrix such as with chocolate.

This being said, there is some cross over of use since some applications can support the use of either oil or water-soluble flavors (baking and hard candy) and some water-soluble flavors might be suitable in an oil system (flavors with propylene glycol or alcohol as a carrier). An example would be some of LorAnn’s super-strength, water-soluble, flavors. Although these were created to work best in water-soluble applications, many can be used in traditional oil applications since a low usage is required and the solvent systems do not promote undesired effects.

There are many factors that can affect the proper dispersion of flavor into the finished application. Three suggestions to increase the solubility of the flavor if you are having difficulty would be to:

  • decrease the level of flavor being used

  • increase your mixing time or level of mixing

  • if possible, slightly increase the temperature of the application matrix when mixing in the flavor

What is a Food Grade Essential Oil?

The essential oils that LorAnn labels as food grade are those essential oils that are approved by a regulation of the FDA (a classification known as GRAS) or appear on the industry approved register of safe ingredients for the flavor industry. Many essential oils such as peppermint, lemon and orange are commonly used to flavor desserts, candies and chocolate. Other, more herbal oils, such as thyme and rosemary may be better suited to flavoring savory dishes like soups and stews. Food grade essential oils are very concentrated and are safe when used sparingly as a flavoring, but should not be ingested undiluted.

What are Food Grade Essential Oils?

Many essential oils are suitable for use as a flavoring and are safe for human consumption. Used sparingly, these powerful, all natural oils can add intense flavor and aroma to candies, chocolates, frostings, baked goods, soups and marinades.

The essential oils that LorAnn Oils labels as food grade (edible) are approved by a regulation of the FDA (a classification known as GRAS) or appear on the industry approved register of safe ingredients for the flavor industry. LorAnn Oils is independently certified as a Safe Quality Foods (SQF) manufacturer.

Essential oils are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. These natural plant oils are appreciated for both their aromatic and flavoring qualities. Many essential oils such as peppermint, lemon and orange are commonly used to flavor desserts, candies and chocolates. Other, more herbal oils, such as thyme and marjoram are better suited for flavoring savory foods such as stews and sauces. Lavender and bergamot oils have become popular in chocolate crafting especially.

How do I use food grade essential oils?

Essential oils are VERY concentrated, and therefore should be used in small amounts and never ingested undiluted or directly from the bottle.

Using citrus oils in place of citrus zest:

  • Substitute lemon oil for lemon zest, orange oil for orange zest and lime oil for lime zest.

  • In recipes calling for grated citrus zest or peel start with 1/8 teaspoon essential oil in place of 1 tablespoon of zest. No more grated knuckles! This is an easy way to add a punch of citrus flavor to glazes, toppings, sauces – even piecrust!

Using essential oils in savory cooking:

  • For most oils, one drop replaces a teaspoon of dried herb or spice.

  • For bolder tasting herb oils such as Thyme, Oregano (Origanum), Rosemary and Marjoram, dip a toothpick into the bottle and stir into your recipe just before serving. Stronger flavored oils can be simmered at length in soups and stews to produce a milder flavor.

  • For milder herb oils use 1 - 2 drops at the end of cooking, or just before serving.

Using essential oils in baking and candy making:

  • As with LorAnn’s super strength oils, natural essential oils are about 3 to 4 times stronger than alcohol-based extract flavorings (an extract is a flavor diluted in alcohol or a combination of alcohol and water).

  • To substitute natural essential oils for an extract, start by using ¼ teaspoon essential oil in place of 1 teaspoon of an extract. Some essential oils such as clove and peppermint are particularly potent. We recommend starting with less and adding more to taste.

Using essential oils in chocolate and chocolate crafting

  • All food grade essential oils are appropriate for use in real chocolate and chocolate coating (candy melts).

  • Use approximately 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per pound of chocolate or chocolate coating. Also ideal for flavoring candy centers & fondants.

  • To use, add oil to melted chocolate and stir to mix thoroughly. When using a floral or herbal essential oil such as lavender and bergamot, just a hint of essence is needed. We recommend dipping a toothpick into the bottle and stirring into the melted chocolate. With these flavors, it’s best to start with a tiny amount and add as necessary.

List of Food Grade (F/G) Natural Essential Oils Sold by LorAnn Oils

All oils listed here are certified to be food grade.

Anise Bergamot Blood Orange Clove (Clove Leaf) Eucalyptus Ginger Grapefruit Lavender Lemon Lemongrass Lime Nutmeg Orange Oregano (Origanum) Peppermint Rosemary Spearmint Tangerine Tea Tree Thyme Wintergreen

"LorAnn Naturals" Product Line

Flavors in "LorAnn Naturals" line are compounded using natural flavor ingredients in a base of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine. These concentrated flavors are about twice the strength of a typical grocery store extract flavor.

Flavors in the LorAnn Naturals product line:

Almond Banana Blueberry Creamy Caramel Cherry Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Maple Pomegranate Raspberry Strawberry

See our Lorann Oils Flavors Collection in our Baking Ingredients section:

To download the Lorann Oils Usage PDF:

Suggested Usage Table for Flavors FINAL
Download PDF • 441KB

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