Vanilla, Or What’s The Difference Between Extract and Essence?

Depends on how picky you want to be about your recipe 😉

Vanilla extract is the real stuff – vanilla beans that have been in an alcohol solution, strained so you use the liquid.  Here’s the nutritional information (no vitamin K in case you’re wondering).

That means that vanilla essence is the imitation/synthetic stuff.  Again, no vitamin K in vanilla essence

The price difference is noticeable, but not as bad as say pine nuts… 😉

I wanted to make my own vanilla extract, but between time and cost – store bought suits me fine.