Vanilla Sugar is fine sugar that is flavored with vanilla bean powder, made from all-natural vanilla beans, the soft, resinous, richly flavorful black seed pods of the vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia). This climbing orchid has its origins in Mexico and the tropical rainforests of Central America and was brought to parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands via Spanish trade routes.
Vanilla became very popular in Europe after Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez brought it back from the Americas. It was initially very expensive due to scarcity, but as the hand pollination technique discovered on the island of Réunion was adopted, vanilla beans grew less scarce and relatively more accessible. In any case, today vanilla remains the second most expensive spice in the world, after saffron.
- Great for dusting cookies and cakes
- Excellent for flavoring frostings and icings
- Try flavoring coffee and espresso drinks with Vanilla Sugar for a delicious treat
- A great addition to ice cream, cakes, cookies, fruit desserts, and most sweet dishes
Storage & handling:
Store in a dry, cool place.