Cream soda recipes ?...
February 10, 2019 7:20 PM   Subscribe

Looking for recipes or other things to do with a bottle of vanilla extract that actually smells and tastes like cream soda flavoring.

I have come into possession of a bottle of vanilla from the Caribbean. Was excited to use it in baking , yogurts etc. but it doesn’t actually smell or taste like vanilla. The flavor is more like cream soda (or white freezie). Do you have any suggestions of what I can cook or bake or otherwise do with it? I don’t have a big sweet tooth and don’t really like sweet drinks either. (sorry , that complicated things!). Thank you
posted by leslievictoria to Food & Drink (3 answers total)
 
it doesn’t actually smell or taste like vanilla. The flavor is more like cream soda

I'm confused by this because vanilla is the flavour in cream soda. Were you perhaps expecting actual vanilla to smell and/or taste like imitation vanilla? It doesn't, much.
posted by flabdablet at 3:01 AM on February 11 [1 favorite]


Maybe pair it with other spices/herbs in baking? E.g., ginger, mint, cardamom, nutmeg, rosemary, cinnamon, ...

Is it actually sweet tasting? Either way, you could make a shrub, which is basically a concentrate made from flavorings (herbs/spices/fruit) + sugar + vinegar that you add to water (still or carbonated), juice, and/or alcohol to make a delicious drink.
posted by dancing leaves at 3:39 AM on February 11


I'm confused by this because vanilla is the flavour in cream soda.

Note that this is not universally true:
Canadian cream soda is not really vanilla-flavored in the same way that American cream soda is; instead, it’s an intensely sweet, almost cotton-candy-type flavor. (There are versions of this type in the U.S., too; Big Red, a bright red cream soda, is less vanilla-y and more cotton-candy-y.) Frescolita, a red Venezuelan cream soda popular throughout Latin America, is bubble-gum-flavored. Bickford’s in Australia is described online as having a bubble gum–raspberry flavor. Sparletta creme soda from South Africa is neon-green and described as floral.
Given the OP's location, they may mean something other than vanilla.
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:35 AM on February 11


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