Originally Posted by Pearl645
What I found strange was the odd smell and taste of Lorann Oils VBP. It smelled like fondant and didn't taste anything like vanilla ice cream or anything with vanilla.
I started a thread few months ago on the scent of real vanilla, and the responses I got were all saying the familiar vanilla that we taste in ice creams or smell from body creams or lotions does not come even remotely close to the intoxicating taste and scent of the real vanilla extract.
Yes, intoxicating, that was the word a helpful fellow CC (can't recall her nick ATM, I think it was AZCouture if my memory serves me right) used when helping to describe to me the character of real authentic vanilla extract.
I have one jar of homemade vanilla still sitting in my cabinet for 7mths already, haven't been used, as since I wasn't sure if it has brewed perfectly yet (having never smelled nor tasted real vanilla extract) so to be safe I'm keeping it longer to get the full robust taste
Also there's another jar made 2 mths later...ooooh cannot wait to use all the goodness in my cakes.
I actually added pods of freshly scraped vanilla into 1 cup of my cream cheese frosting and found it produced a significantly sweeter taste than my regular cream cheese frosting w/out the fresh bean paste. Not sure how this info helps though he he.