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French Vanilla

French Vanilla

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French-Style Vanilla Flavorings add Rich, Creamy Taste

Many people find that they prefer French vanilla to "regular" vanilla. This delicious flavor can be found in a wide variety of foods, such as baked goods, sauces, fillings, frostings, and beverages. French vanilla flavored hot drinks such as lattes and mochas are immensely popular, and of course, French Vanilla ice cream is where it all began! OliveNation offers a selection of French vanilla flavorings to meet the needs of professional and home bakers and cooks.

What is French Vanilla?

The term "French Vanilla" originated as a way to distinguish ice cream made using a custard base with egg yolks from "Philadelphia style" ice cream using a cream base. Rather than referring to where the ice creams were made, both terms were created to reference where the different processes originally came into use. Because of the eggy, custardy base, French-style vanilla ice cream had a deeper, creamier flavor than plain vanilla ice cream. Over time, the term French Vanilla became used for the taste and aroma of the final product, and not the manufacturing process. Today, "French Vanilla" is a flavor all to itself, and is popular in foods, beverages, candy, fragrances, and much, much more.

What is the Difference Between Vanilla and French Vanilla?

French vanilla flavorings tend to taste more buttery, slightly sweeter, and generally richer and creamier than regular vanilla extracts and flavors. Undertones of butterscotch, caramel, and even hazelnut help create a deep, warm-tasting flavor that adds depth to baked goods, hot beverages, fillings, and sauces. Try substituting French Vanilla for regular vanilla in any recipe and taste the difference!