Originally Posted by Taboo
Oetker, a German/Candadian company used to make an Arak extract. It comes in tiny little vials. My mother used this flavoring often. Perhaps they still make it. Hope this helps!
I believe that you mean this:
Your mother is being scammed. No artifical flavoring tastes like real rum or Batavia Arak. The main constituent of most artificial rum flavoring is ethyl oxyhydrate, also called "rum ether." That is not to say that this doesn't have a useful flavor in its own right. It just doesn't taste like real rum. For example, I prefer artifical rum to real rum in eggnog. Better yet, both real and artificial rum. Your mother is also being scammed because all artificial rum flavorings taste basically the same and she can buy more concentrated "rum flavor oil" which is more cost effective. For the manufacturer, that vial probably costs more than what's inside.