Nielsen-Massey was founded clear back in 1907. They obviously know their vanillas, since they’ve been making them for over 100 years! They are still a family owned business and are completely dedicated to providing pure, high-quality vanillas. Don’t be fooled by the word ‘Bourbon’ in reference to the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. It isn’t referring to the alcohol, but instead to the Bourbon island of Madagascar where the vanilla beans are cultivated. They take premium hand selected beans that turn this vanilla extract into a delicious extract that is perfect for both sweet and savory dishes.
This Nielsen-Massey vanilla was divine! I love to bake. In fact, there are few things I love more. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s no good having baked goods in my house all the time (since I have hardly any self-control when it comes to treats), I would bake every day.
So with this love of baking, I was eager to give this vanilla a try. With just one whiff you could tell this wasn’t cheap imitation vanilla, that it was the real thing. It smelled heavenly.
But even better than the smell was the delicious flavor it brought to my homemade peach ice cream I made just a few days later.
It truly was delightful! I have since used it in several baked goods and it is the best vanilla I have ever cooked with. Next up, vanilla brownies! Go grab a bottle – it won’t disappoint!
You can find Neilsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract online at Williams-Sonoma, Sur La Table, & Orson Gygi’s. A 4 oz. bottle retails for $10.95.
Disclosure: I received a bottle of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.