The 7 Best Vanilla Extracts of 2019

Choose from Mexican, Madagascar Bourbon, Tahitian, or Hawaiian

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Our Top Picks

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas at Amazon

“Brand in business since the early 20th century.”

Blue Cattle Truck Mexican Vanilla at

“Produced in the south of Mexico by the Mexican Canosa family.”

The Vanilla Company at

“Strong product with nice balance and beautiful color.”

Sonoma Syrup Co. Vanilla Extract Blend at Amazon

“Premium Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla beans blend for wonderful fragrance and flavorful extract.”

Hawaiian Vanilla Company at

“U.S. commercial grower producing a deep, smooth flavor, especially recommended for baking.”

Penzeys Spices Vanilla Extract at

“Rich and complex vanilla extract with Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans from a well-known spice producer.”

Singing Dog Vanilla Extract at

“All-natural, fair trade, organic vanilla extract made from beans grown in Papua New Guinea.”

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    Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

    Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has been in business since the early 20th century, and it knows its stuff. The company consistently produces some of the finest vanilla extracts you can buy. Products available include Madagascar Bourbon, Tahitian, Mexican, Pure Vanilla Extract, and Organic Madagascar Bourbon. Although you can't buy directly from the company, these vanilla extracts are available everywhere at grocery stores, gourmet shops, and online sites like Williams-Sonoma and King Arthur Flour.

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    Blue Cattle Truck Mexican Vanilla

    Blue Cattle Truck Mexican Vanilla has great flavor and a wonderful, rich aroma. Blue Cattle Truck Mexican Vanilla is produced in the south of Mexico, the birthplace of vanilla, by the Canosa family, whose craft of creating vanilla has been a family tradition since the early 20th century.  Jose Canosa established his award-winning vanilla company in 1917 after fleeing his native Spain during World War I. This prime vanilla extract is single sourced using Grade-A Mexican vanilla beans and then bottled in the United States.  

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    The Vanilla Company


    Rain's Choice vanilla extracts are aromatic with a nice balance and beautiful color. Rain's Choice offers Madagascar Bourbon, Mexican, and Tahitian extracts. It also makes two-fold versions of Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian, which have twice as many beans for the same amount of extract, which makes a stronger product. These are all sold in pint and quart quantities.

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    Sonoma Syrup Co. Vanilla Extract Blend

    Premium Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla beans grown in the South Pacific and on the Bourbon Islands are blended to create this wonderfully fragrant and flavorful extract. This luscious vanilla is available to buy directly from Sonoma Syrup, at online retailers, or from several gourmet shops around the country. 

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    Hawaiian Vanilla Company

    Hawaiian Vanilla Company is the only commercial grower in the United States. This two-fold (double-strength) extract is made from vanilla beans cultivated and processed in Hawaii. Owners Jim and Tracy Reddekopp have turned a labor of love into a successful, small, family-owned business. Hawaiian Vanilla has a deep, smooth flavor that is especially recommended for baking.

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    Penzeys Spices Vanilla Extract

    Penzeys is a favorite source for spices, and it also makes a rich and complex vanilla extract from Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans.

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    Singing Dog Vanilla Extract

    Singing Dog offers all-natural, fair trade, organic vanilla extract made from beans grown in Papua New Guinea. You can buy Singing Dog vanilla extract on the website or at a variety of stores across the United States.