Saturday, September 13th — French Vanilla

September 13, 2008

Today I Learned…

…exactly what French Vanilla is.  That’s a common request at my coffee shop — “Can you make a French vanilla latté?”  Our answer is always no, because we don’t have french vanilla syrup.  However, it got me and coworker Stephanie thinking today: what is the difference between regular vanilla and french vanilla?

Well, Wikipedia has the answer.  Thanks, Wikipedia!

The term French vanilla is not a type of vanilla, but is often used to designate preparations that have a strong vanilla aroma, and contain vanilla grains. The name originates from the French style of making ice cream custard base with vanilla pods, cream, and egg yolks. Inclusion of vanilla varietals from any of the former or current French dependencies noted for their exports may in fact be a part of the flavoring, though it may often be coincidental. Alternatively, French vanilla is taken to refer to a vanilla-custard flavor. Syrup labeled as French vanilla may include hazelnut, custard, caramel or butterscotch flavors in addition to vanilla.

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