**Disclaimer: I have received products to try from Beanilla & am simply sharing my personal opinion which may vary from yours. I was not compensated for this review.
Years ago, my in-laws went on vacation to the Dominican Republic & brought me back a huge bottle of imported vanilla. Twice actually. It was an eye opener of sorts, to taste real vanilla. Not the extract that I was so used to. Unfortunately, I ran out quite a while ago & they haven't been back to vacation since. Which meant that I had to get re-accustomed to the average vanilla. I mean, sure, it's okay for some things...just not everything.
|Look at how long those beans are! |
Thanks to the folks at Beanilla, I'm now able to enjoy real vanilla again. Actually, I got to make it with their Homemade Vanilla Extract Infusion Kit! And the process was so incredibly simple, that it's almost mind blowing at how good it tastes.
|Bonus points for having the best directions ever!|
All I needed to be on my way was 1 cup of vodka, rum or some other kind of straight alcohol. I was giddy as a schoolgirl when I realized I still had a bit of rum left. Not much, but more than I needed to be on my way to vanilla bliss.
|The kit included seven beans!|
I opted for the extremely bold Tonga Vanilla Beans. These beans are on the rare side & are pronounced with a very unique aroma and flavor profile. Somehow I knew that they would be a perfect fit for my tastes. I just didn't expect them to be so huge! I knew right away that I would have to cut the beans up in order for them to fit into the swingtop bottle with the rum.
|Check out this photo on Instagram! |
Lastly, all I needed was time. I swear it felt like the longest 8 weeks ever! Especially when I pulled the bottle out of my cupboard to shake once or twice a week. Which I may or may not have actually busted out singing & dancing to "Rock Lobster".
|Introducing the Beanilla Frapp!|
Check out that vanilla! Of course I had to do a side by side comparison when it came to baking cookies. Beanilla won. Then I had to make some french toast with it. Yep, it won again. Then I decided to go out of my way & make several recipes that I had been meaning to make for a while, like bread pudding & some homemade vanilla pudding. Delicious! But then I decided to get a bit creative & make something of my own. The result was a Beanilla Frapp that was perfect for the almost summer heat. Let me mention that I am not a vanilla fan when it comes to my coffee. I will turn my nose up at the thought of it. But with this vanilla, the vanilla that I made, I just can't get enough!
•2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
•6-7 frozen coffee cubes
•generous splash of Beanilla vanilla
•sugar, if desired
-In a blender, combine ice cream, coffee cubes, Beanilla vanilla & desired amount of milk. If desired, you can add a bit of sugar for an added sweetness.
-Blend to desired consistency.