Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tahitian Vanilla Cream Soda #NielsenMasseyInspires #Sponsored

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nielsen-Massey.
I received complimentary product for the purpose of review and recipe development,
but all opinions are honest and they are my own. This page may contain affiliate links.

I have long been a fan of Nielsen-Massey products and was thrilled to be approached to create some recipes with their products. I usually have - at least - a handful of their extracts and other products in my cupboards at a time! Many I've received for past events in which I've participated, but their intense purity of flavor and extraordinary quality have made me a dedicated, paying customer as well.

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Pure Tahitian Vanilla Extract
You have probably encountered quite a few types of vanilla: plain old vanilla plus Tahitian, Mexican, and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla. I thought that 'bourbon vanilla' referred to the alcohol used when making extract; I use vodka when making homemade vanilla extract. But that was incorrect. Most of the world's vanilla is from the Vanilla planifolia orchid that grows in Madagascar, Réunion, and other tropical areas along the Indian Ocean. The bean's common name is Bourbon vanilla - after the former name of Réunion: Île Bourbon.

Tahitian vanilla is Vanilla tahitensis is classified as a separate species, as it is considerably different from planifolia in both look and taste. Tahitian vanilla beans are generally shorter, plumper, and have a higher moisture content than planifolia beans. They have a thinner and duller skin with fewer seeds than planifolia

I was able to get my hands on a true Tahitian bean, so keep an eye out for a post using that! But for this recipe, I'm focusing on the pure Tahitian vanilla extract from Nielsen-Massey.*

Tahitian Vanilla Cream Soda
When I received the bottle, I had my three boys smell and give me some ideas about what they pictured with that extract. They also sniffed Madagascar Bourbon extract and discussed about similarities and differences. Jake was very definitive with his suggestion: I think you should make cream soda!

We're not big soda drinkers, but I guess all three of my boys enjoy cream soda because they all took up the chant: cream soda, cream soda, cream soda!

So, I launched into researching about cream soda and settled on the fact that cream soda is really just vanilla soda. Regionally, there is a 'red cream' soda that is vanilla and strawberry or vanilla and raspberry. But I decided to stick with regular cream soda made with Tahitian vanilla.

Actually I made vanilla simple syrup with both the Tahitian vanilla and the Madagascar vanilla just to do a side by side taste test. Hands down - the Tahitian vanilla was what they all preferred for their cream soda.

"This is the real deal, Mommy." That's one of the best things you can hear from your crew of kitchen critics, right?


Vanilla Syrup
  • 1 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 C water
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3 T pure Tahitian vanilla extract

Cream Soda
  • ice for serving
  • sparkling water

Vanilla Syrup
Place sugar, water, and salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and swirl until the sugar is completely dissolved. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes. Pour in the vanilla extract and let cool.

Cream Soda
Place ice cubes in serving glasses. Pour in syrup and top with sparkling water. You can adjust to taste, but we landed on a 1:4 ratios. So, 1 ounce syrup to 4 ounces of water.

We're looking forward to more explorations with Tahitian vanilla. Stay tuned.

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*Disclosure: I received product for free from the sponsor for recipe development, however, I have received no additional compensation for my post. My opinion is 100% my own and 100% accurate.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't tried the Tahitian vanilla yet, but I too thought the bourbon was in reference to alcohol until I researched it.


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