- Fresh gourmet vanilla beans from Mexico
I made some impressive vanilla ice cream with these beans
Alton Brown put up a little notification prior to a commercial break stating that Madagascar beans are the most sought-after despite the fact that the Mexican beans are more flavorful. Regrettably, the only source of vanilla beans in my hood is Williams-Sonoma, and they only carry the Madagascar beans. Those do make for a delicious vanilla ice cream, but I didn’t want to pass on the opportunity for more flavor. I decided to test Alton’s claim by ordering some these beans.
The results are pretty sensational. I pretty much mopped up the floor with some house guests last. They loved the beef bourguignon and the Paella I made, but the vanilla ice cream afterward knocked ’em dead. Let’s just say they were flabbergasted.
Make some vanilla ice cream. You will like the results.
Is Alton correct about Mexican v Madagascar beans? I don’t know about that. I think the Mexican bean is the far more familiar flavor. If you are an American, you grew up on the flavor of the Mexican vanilla beans. This flavor has the home field advantage. The Madagascar bean is more exotic. It has a coffee-vanilla kind of flavor. I like them both. I think I will cut half a Madagascar and half a Mexican bean on my next batch, and see what the combined flavor is like.
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Good beans, good price
Using these to make vanilla extract since I got hooked on Mexican Vanilla from some extract bought in Mexico (lots of crappy ones in gift shops, but found a really good one).
I think that Mexican vanilla beans have a stronger nicer flavor. I used 750ml (scant 1/4 cup removed, to make room for beans) of vodka, and 12 beans split, steep for a couple months and get lots of great quality vanilla extract.
I’ll be ordering these again.
I wish could give ten stars for customer service!
As for the Mexican vanilla beans, they are of high quality and the taste is a great power punch of vanilla. I used these in Alton Browns “serious vanilla ice cream”. The best I have ever had!