The History Guy looks at the story of vanilla

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the difference between “vanilla flavored extract” which is almost 100% a phenolic aldehyde called vanillan and the dark brown paste inside a whole dried vanilla bean is enormous. vanillan is a major component of the complex of flavors and aromas but there is a lot more to it than that.


There was a PBS show about vanilla recently that was amazing. As a child I always preferred vanilla to chocolate, but became a chocoholic I think because of societal pressure. As an adult I reacquainted myself with vanilla and realized I still preferred it.

Is BB spying on my youtube subscription? Another great channel. I haven’t even gotten through the back log of his content.

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