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Thursday, December 16, 2010

0 Nielsen Vanilla Extract Review and Giveaway Ends 01-03

"Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has been producing premium pure vanilla products since 1907. From its ever-popular Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla to custom blends and flavors created for specific customer needs, Nielsen-Massey has earned the reputation as the producer of fine vanillas worldwide."
"Vanilla, with its wide range of flavor profiles, can be applied to a vast array of products. It is one of the most widely used flavors in the world, particularly in ice cream. It finds its way into sauces in Mexico and cookies in Sweden. Vanilla flavors fruits in Polynesia and perfumes colognes in Paris. Anywhere there is a need for a mellow accent that compliments sweet and savory, plain and fancy, vanilla is there."
(from their website)

Niesen - Massey Vanillas has a large selection of pure vanilla products and pure flavor extracts. As I was going through the selection, I couldn't help but think of all the great things I could make with them. Their website is full of interesting information about vanilla. I read through it all and learned a lot.
Did you know:
  • Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing vanilla to the United States in the late 1700s. While serving as Ambassador to King Louis XVI of France, he became familiar with vanilla beans, and brought 200 vanilla beans back with him when he returned to the United States. 
  • A teaspoon or so of vanilla in Italian tomato sauces or Mexican chili helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes! 
They also have a What Vanilla Should I use? section and a recipe section. 

Go to their website and see all the different flavors they carry and learn some facts about vanilla too. 

Neilsen Vanilla sent me the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. It is packaged in a 2oz glass container with metal lid. It says on the label that it contains 35% alcohol which surprised me. I never even knew that vanilla extract could be made from / with bourbon. The best part for me of trying out a new product is opening it up and smelling it for the first time. This did not disappoint. I was expecting it to smell like alcohol but it didn't. It smelled amazing, stronger then any other vanilla extract that I've tried. 

I put it to the test. I made a banana bread and made the glaze from the Vanilla extract that I received. it was delicious. Right after taking the pictures, I had 2 pieces. So Yum! Now I want to make anything and everything to try it some more.


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I was sent this product for the purposes of this review, I did not receive any other compensation. These are my opinions.


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