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Varieties of Vanilla

The aroma and flavor profile tell the story of each vanilla bean's origins. We develop our extracts to showcase the characteristics and personality of each bean.

Gourmet Madagascar Vanilla Beans (Bourbon)

Characteristics:

Madagascar vanilla carries the most recognizable flavor profile, and no wonder: Madagascar produces more than 95 percent of the world's vanilla. Though vanilla originates from Mexico, Bourbon Vanilla takes its name from the island of Réunion (formerly Île Bourbon) just east of Madagascar. This was the region French colonists began to cultivate vanilla.

Flavor Profiles:

The profile of Madagascar's Bourbon vanilla beans is rich and musky. Beans are typically 8-11 inches in length.

Application:

Particularly wonderful in cooked custards and home-made ice cream, and any dessert or sweets, the bean can also be chopped and cooked in savory sauces for meats. Vanilla bean seeds add elegance to cheesecakes and custards. One inch of a vanilla bean is equivalent to one teaspoon of extract.

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Gourmet Tongan Vanilla Beans

Characteristics:

Tongan vanilla is also a Bourbon variety. Larger than Madagascar beans, they often reach epic lengths of 10-12 inches. The profile of Tonga's Bourbon vanilla beans is sweet and delicately complex.

Flavor Profiles:

The profile of Tonga's Bourbon vanilla beans is sweet as honey and just as delightful. Ray Lochhead began traveling to Tonga in the 1970s, when the vanilla world deemed them equal in quality to Madagascar beans—the gold standard. Beans are typically 8-11 inches in length.

Application:

Particularly wonderful in cooked custards and home-made ice cream, and any dessert or sweets, the bean can also be chopped and cooked in savory sauces for meats. One inch of a vanilla bean is equivalent to one teaspoon of extract.

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Gourmet Tahitian Vanilla Beans

Characteristics:

Tahiti produces its own variety of vanilla—vanilla tahensis. Tahitian beans come only from the French Polynesian island of Tahiti and carry a distinct, intense, and floral flavor that makes desserts spectacular.

Flavor Profiles:

Intense, floral, with that rich sweet hint of cherry, Tahitian beans are spectacular and as plump as the Tongan. Beans are typically 6-10 inches in length.

Application:

This unique flavor is showcased well in light cookies and delicate custards and ice cream. One inch of a vanilla bean is equivalent to one teaspoon of extract.

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Cook's Choice Pure Vanilla Extract

Characteristics:

This extract is truly something special, the result of years of experimentation in the art of extraction and in finding the perfect levels of alcohol and water to assure the most intense flavor. Made from Bourbon beans harvested when perfectly mature and cured to perfection.

Flavor Profiles:

Cook's Choice Pure Vanilla is bold, complex, and one-of-a-kind. No sugar added.

Application:

This signature flavor is a must for all baked goods. Try tripling the vanilla in any recipe!

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Cookbook Alcohol Free Pure Vanilla

Characteristics:

Made from premium Bourbon vanilla beans, this flavoring is free of alcohol and carries a more mellow and subtle vanilla flavor.

Flavor Profiles:

Sweet, fragrant, and subtle, this vanilla offers a gentle taste perfect in non-baked applications.

Application:

This gentle vanilla flavor never bakes out, and is a particularly good choice for non-cooked products, such as beverages or mousses.

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Cookie Pure Vanilla Extract

Characteristics:

This extract is a secret blend of Tahitian and Bourbon vanilla benas, offering the complexity of the Tahitian bean with the sweet richness of Bourbon vanilla. Since it carries a beautiful Tahitian vanilla flavor, this extract is the beloved secret ingredient in many spectacular desserts. It's a particularly beautiful boost in cookies.

Flavor Profiles:

Carrying the beautiful floral profile of the Tahitian bean, this extract is the beloved secret ingredient in many spectacular ice creams and desserts around the country.

Application:

Excellent in any application, just like Cook's Choice. Its distinct flavor profile makes it a particularly beautiful boost in cookies.

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Pure South Pacific Vanilla Extract

Characteristics:

A lighter blend of Tahitian and Bourbon vanilla beans, carrying a milder Tahitian flavor than the Cookie Extract. A secret ingredient in Cook's Bavarian whipping cream, this extract offers that beautiful hint of Tahitian as well as the rich sweetness of Bourbon vanilla.

Flavor Profiles:

Sweet and spectacular, with the tempting hint of Tahitian and the richness of Bourbon vanilla.

Application:

Excellent in any common application of vanilla, and especially delightful in whipped cream. Add to sugar and whipping cream for a divine coffee creamer.

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Organic Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract

Characteristics:

This extract carries an identical flavor profile to Cook's Choice Pure Vanilla Extract, but is 100 percent certified organic.

Flavor Profiles:

Bold, intense, and beautiful. Carries the same distinct profile as Cook's Choice... but it's 100 percent Certified Organic.

Application:

Use in any vanilla application. Like we said before, try tripling it!

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Pure Vanilla Bean Puree (Paste)

Characteristics:

An innovative vanilla that combines the convenience of an extract with the aesthetic appeal of vanilla bean seeds, Cook's Puree is a sweet infusion of vanilla extract and finely ground beans. It is decadent and sweet, particularly delicious in whipped cream, cheese cakes, custards, ice creams, and gelato.

Flavor Profiles:

So luscious, you'll want to eat it out of a spoon. Rich vanilla bean specks blended with Choice Pure Vanilla Extract and sweetened.

Application:

Add as is to whipping cream, cookies, and cheesecake for sheer decadence.

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Pure Vanilla Powder

Characteristics:

A revolutionary alternative to vanilla extract, Pure Vanilla Powder carries the rich flavor of bourbon vanilla beans in a powdery sugar base.

Flavor Profiles:

Carries the flavor characteristics of the Bourbon Vanilla Bean in a dextrose base. Mellow, sweet, and decadent. Note that the texture differs from that of Organic Pure Organic Powder.

Application:

This is a beloved condiment for espressos, lattes, smoothies, protein powders, milkshakes, salads, cereals, and more. It's wonderfully versatile and can be substituted one-to-one for Pure Vanilla Extract.

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Organic Pure Vanilla Powder

Characteristics:

Revolutionary pure vanilla extract in a powdered sugar base–but certified organic.

Flavor Profiles:

Like our Pure Vanilla Powder, it carries the characteristics of the Bourbon Vanilla Bean in an organic sucrose base.

Application:

Organic Pure Vanilla Powder can be used in the same applications as the Pure Vanilla Powder.

Note: the texture of this product differs from that of Pure Vanilla Powder.

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