Ethyl maltol

Ethyl maltol

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ImageFile=Ethyl maltol.pngImageSize=120px
OtherNames=2-Ethyl pyromeconic acid
Section1= Chembox Identifiers

Section2= Chembox Properties
Appearance=White crystalline powder
MeltingPt=89-93 °C
BoilingPt=161 °C

Section3= Chembox Hazards

Ethyl maltol, 2-ethyl-3-hydroxy-4-pyrone, 2-ethyl pyromeconic acid, or C7H8O3 is an analog of maltol, where the methyl group on maltol is substituted with an ethyl group. It is a stable white crystalline powder at room temperature and easily dissolves in many polar liquids. Ethyl maltol has a melting point of between 89 and 93 °C, and a boiling point of 161 °C.

This chemical has a sweet odor that can be described as caramalized sugar and cooked fruit. It is an important flavourant for the food, beverage, and fragrance industry. Ethyl maltol is non-toxic, highly pleasant to human sense of smell, and easily detected by the human, with as little as 10,000 part per billion perceivable in air.


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