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Old 06-21-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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I have always used pure vanilla extract. Lately it seems like there are more brands of imitation vanilla available now than real vanilla. Last time I really had to search the shelves to find the vanilla extract because there are so many brands and sizes of imitation vanilla.

Maybe it is becoming more popular because real vanilla has gone up in price?
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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If you belong to Costco or BJ's, they have McCormick's pure vanilla extract. Sam's Club probably has the same. At Costco, it is under the Kirkland brand, but it is McCormick's. The prices are very reasonable (I think it's now about 9.99), and you get the 16 oz bottles.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Imitation Vanilla?
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I actually used imatation for years. Then I got the real stuff from Mexico. I still have a bottle of faux vanilla, but think I will through it out.
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:45 AM
 
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If you belong to Costco or BJ's, they have McCormick's pure vanilla extract. Sam's Club probably has the same. At Costco, it is under the Kirkland brand, but it is McCormick's. The prices are very reasonable (I think it's now about 9.99), and you get the 16 oz bottles.
I usually get my vanilla extract at Sam's. I ran out and had to grab some at the grocery store, and I was surprised to see the amount of imitation vanilla on the shelves.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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I only use the real stuff. I try to always have good Mexican vanilla on hand.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I always use the real stuff too
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Central Midwest
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I use the real stuff but I have some imitation on the shelf just because....a long time ago I read on a website that you can rub vanilla on your arms and neck to keep the bugs off while outside. One day I used the imitation vanilla before going outside and it kept the bugs from landing on me....so now I use imitation vanilla as I don't want to use bug spray on my body with DEET in it. Now I use it all the time for bugs and the real stuff when cooking.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I use the real stuff but I have some imitation on the shelf just because....a long time ago I read on a website that you can rub vanilla on your arms and neck to keep the bugs off while outside. One day I used the imitation vanilla before going outside and it kept the bugs from landing on me....so now I use imitation vanilla as I don't want to use bug spray on my body with DEET in it. Now I use it all the time for bugs and the real stuff when cooking.
I did not know this, but how nice not to smell like insecticide.

I have also gotten excellent vanilla in the liquor stores in Mexico--excellent vanilla and great prices.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I use the real stuff but I have some imitation on the shelf just because....a long time ago I read on a website that you can rub vanilla on your arms and neck to keep the bugs off while outside. One day I used the imitation vanilla before going outside and it kept the bugs from landing on me....so now I use imitation vanilla as I don't want to use bug spray on my body with DEET in it. Now I use it all the time for bugs and the real stuff when cooking.
Funny story: For a while, I used to use vanilla extract (I don't remember if it was real or imitation) as perfume. A little dab on each wrist, a few little dabs on the neck.

One day, I was in a store, in line at checkout, and there were two women in front of me. One kept sniffing -- I thought she had allergies. Then she turned to her friend and said, "I smell cookies. Do you have cookies in your purse?"

'Twas me. I smelled like cookies!
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