Plain Vanilla Gets Complicated

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A couple of weeks ago, my fiance looked into my freezer and said, “no, ice cream?”  Reading between the lines, I told her that we would go pick up some ice cream at the grocery store.  As we walked to the store’s ice cream section, I had only one brand, Edy’s Slow Churned.  It’s my favorite, and when I found out they were on sale, I knew I had to purchase more than one flavor  My fiance naturally graviated towards the coffee flavor, and I, the vanilla, but as I reached for the vanilla flavor…I noticed I was reaching for Vanilla Bean, not Classic Vanilla.  I never paid any particular attention to label before.  In my mind, I started thinking, what’s the difference?  As I retracted my arm in a state of confusion, I looked around for other flavors…and on the other side of the freezer was French Vanilla.  Wait, when did deciding to pick a vanilla flavor become so complicated?  Three vanilla varieties in one freezer?  First world problems!  I knew my fiance was losing patience and I knew her inside voice was screaming, “PICK A FLAVOR ALREADY!”  Knowing I didn’t have much time before she said anything, I reached for the French Vanilla.  At that point, I still had no idea what French Vanilla was.  It’s French, so it must be good!

When I go home, the number of vanilla flavors bothered me, so I had to find out what the differences were amongst the three.

Classic Vanilla:  non-fat milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, whey protein, buttermilk, molasses, acacia gum, carob bean gum, guar gum, natural flavors (with vanilla extract), carrageenan, annatto color

Vanilla Bean: non-fat milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, whey protein, buttermilk, molasses, acacia gum, carob bean gum, guar gum, natural flavor, ground vanilla beans, carrageenan

French Vanilla:  non-fat milk, corn syrup, cream, sugar, egg yolks, whey protein, buttermilk, molasses, acacia gum, carob bean gum, guar gum, natural flavor, ground vanilla beans, carrageenan, annatto color

The three vanilla varieties share almost the same ingredients.  The Vanilla Bean flavor and Classic Vanilla are very close in ingredients, as the former uses vanilla beans and the latter uses vanilla extract.  The French Vanilla flavor contains egg yolks, making it a much creamer and denser ice cream than the other two.  It was my first time trying the French Vanilla and I do prefer it over the other two.  I felt like I was taking crazy pills, now there’s one less thing on my mind.

 

 

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