I most associate this smell with packaged Italian cornettos, but I just encountered it with some panini bread. The panini aren’t sweet at all, and I haven’t noticed it in any other baked good, so I assume it’s not just a natural smell of the dough, nor an additive for aroma, but perhaps related to preservation.

I’d describe the smell as intensely sweet, with a hint of alcohol. Below, I’ll include the translated list of ingredients of the panini. I’d be most grateful for an explanation!

Ingredients: enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, calcium carbonate, iron, niacine, thiamine), water, olive oil, yeast, sugar, vinegar, disodiumdiphosphate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, calcium phosphates, salt, citric acid, calcium propionate, wheat starch

AFS Desk Answered question June 19, 2023