If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you’re quite familiar with my obsession with love of Homemade Vanilla Extract. If you are new to Heavenly Homemakers…just so ya know…I LOVE Homemade Vanilla Extract. I think it’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my kitchen…and the easiest.
Making your own vanilla saves money, tastes incredible, is super simple and creates a fantastic gift!! But I’ve shared all of this already. I’ve also shared that using imitation vanilla is kinda like eating used paper. Tasty.
BUT, I’ve just discovered another reason to make your own vanilla extract. I’m not sure how I missed this fact, but I was doing a cost comparison at the store the other day and decided to turn the bottles over to look at the ingredient list on store-bought “Pure Vanilla Extract”.
It was all I could do to remain quiet in the baking aisle. Do you KNOW what is in “pure” vanilla extract?????
One brand which shall remain nameless but is familiar to most of us includes: Water, alcohol, vanilla beans, corn syrup
Uh-huh. Water is the first ingredient…which means that this vanilla extract is watered down. And corn syrup? REALLY? Please don’t call yourself pure.
The vanilla extract I found at the store with the fewest ingredients had “only” alcohol, vanilla beans and glucose.
NONE of the bottles of pure vanilla extract I found were what I would call pure. As we all know because of my homemade vanilla extract obsession…all it takes to make vanilla is alcohol and vanilla beans. That’s it. Why in the world would you add corn syrup? Why must corn syrup be added to everything? Why? WHY?!???
I would apologize for my outburst but I don’t want to. Stuff like this makes me mad. We can not only read the label title…words like “pure” and “natural” are quite deceiving. We really must turn the label over and read the ingredients.
And then when we get frustrated, we must make our own vanilla extract. The pure way. The very cool way. The way that will make all of your family and friends impressed when you give it to them as a gift and the way that will make your hands smell really vanilla-y for several days.
As a reminder, Olive Nation agrees with my rants about making homemade vanilla and has offered all of you a 10% discount on their vanilla beans, plus FREE SHIPPING!!! I love my vanilla beans from Olive Nation!! You can read more about my experience with Olive Nation here. Use the coupon code home for your 10% discount.
You know what I feel like making right now? Warm Vanilla Soother. Yes, I truly do have a vanilla obsession.