Oh, vanilla. How I love you.
This is my favourite of all the products I make. Rich and fragrant, the scent always carries me to my mother's kitchen and her wonderful baking.
I've been told that I use too many vanilla beans when I make my extracts. That's fine. It means a more flavourful product and I've never been one to do the bare minimum.
One customer told me that she threw out her other vanilla as soon as she got home. Another was afraid to use it because she thought her husband would be mad if she used his 'special' vanilla. He laughed because it's real easy to get more.
When I first made my vanilla extract, I used a neutral cologne spirit as all other vanilla producers do. It came out really nice. Then I began to think that I could do better. If I had to use alcohol to make it, why was I restricted to using this flavourless stuff? I branched out and found that rum and brandy also made some really tasty vanilla extracts. Now I sell all three styles.
To help you decide which one might be right for you, I'll give a brief description of how they might behave.
My Really Horrible™ Plain Old Vanilla is the workhorse of the group. It does the job, time after time, dependably. This is the same vanilla that you've been using for years, just a little more bold.
The Really Horrible™ Brandy Vanilla works a little differently. Brandy is made from grape sugars, and works really well in things on the lighter spectrum of baking; things like whipped cream, hot chocolate, white cake, frosting, crème brûlée, or pancake batter. It will work well in other applications, but does very well as above.
Really Horrible™ Rum Vanilla is my best selling product. The brown sugar and molasses flavours in the rum marry very well with anything you might bake with those ingredients or chocolate, ginger, or nutmeg. It is especially well received in Christmas baking. This is for the darker side of your baking.
Each bottle is 4 oz (approx. 120 ml).
Vanilla bean crisis? What vanilla bean crisis? Just because beans have increased in price by 8X doesn't mean I'm raising my prices. I'm not going to be able to make this anymore because of the supply problems, but I'm selling at my original price until it is all gone. I refuse to gouge my customers.
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