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Old 01-04-2008, 09:03 PM   #1
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What's Your Favorite Vanilla?

Does anyone have a favorite Vanilla to use? Also, do we have any chocolate experts on here that could clue us in more to the best of the best vanilla. I personally love Neilsen Massey Vanilla but I am curious to what others use and find the best...

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Old 01-04-2008, 10:39 PM   #2
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Without a doubt, Watkins makes the best vanilla I have ever tasted. This is one of their flagship products and they go to great lengths to keep the quality high. They also make a double-strength product that allows you to cut down the total amount of alcohol without sacrificing flavor.

And before anyone asks: no, I don't sell it (although I used to, but I have remained loyal to a few of the product lines).
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:30 PM   #3
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Im guessing since you mentioned alcohol your talking about vanilla extract. If that is the case then I second the Watkins vote..but I only use real vanilla bean...once you've had vanilla bean there is no going back to extract.
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Old 01-05-2008, 02:18 AM   #4
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Where is the best place to order HIGH quality vanilla beans online?
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Old 01-05-2008, 02:39 AM   #5
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Where is the best place to order HIGH quality vanilla beans online?
Hmm I don't know...I buy them from cosco lol...I hear they can get pretty expensive online though...
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Where is the best place to order HIGH quality vanilla beans online?


Try this place:

Penzeys
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:24 AM   #7
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Does anyone have any experience with the vanilla beans at World Market? Despite their slightly EPCOTish aesthetic, some of the other spices I've gotten there were pretty good. I might have to give them a shot next time I'm nearby. Heck, at two beans for a dollar, it'd be worth it in experience!
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Im guessing since you mentioned alcohol your talking about vanilla extract. If that is the case then I second the Watkins vote..but I only use real vanilla bean...once you've had vanilla bean there is no going back to extract.
Every time I look, I can never find the beans . So I have never been able to compare. But I'd have to think you are right, almost anything fresh will be better!

I've heard that some people toss the bean pods in with their sugar to give it a subtle vanilla flavor. Anyone here do that?
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Every time I look, I can never find the beans . So I have never been able to compare. But I'd have to think you are right, almost anything fresh will be better!

I've heard that some people toss the bean pods in with their sugar to give it a subtle vanilla flavor. Anyone here do that?
Yeah I alway scrape out the tiny black seeds then add the rest of the bean. Actually the pod has more flavor in it than the bean.

The only thing I have ever actually side by side compared extract vr real bean to in tasting was creme brulee and man it is completely different. Eating the real bean creme brulee then the extract one makes the extract taste almost fake.

Oh and if any of you have a cosco near you, they sell vanilla beans in packs of 20 for 10$. SO its only .50 cents a bean.
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I've tried a few others, but I still prefer Penzey's vanilla.
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