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What it contributes to many foods is, again, anything but plain think milk chocolate, ice cream, cakes, and even curries. We will try to answer if it is a good or bad when you see the likes of vanilla, vanilla extract, natural vanilla flavouring, artificial vanillin, etc. And if you want to know the links between pre-Aztec princesses, piracy, rare bees, drug smuggling, synthetic biology, coal, plastics, and orchids, look no further than vanilla! Or just skip below for some amazing craft chocolate bars spiced with vanilla.

Vanilla is the fruit of the orchid Vanilla planifoliawhich grows on vines hundreds of feet tall and has relied for most of its history on special bees or occasionally hummingbirds to cross-pollinate its vanilla pods. Its first recorded use was with the Aztecs, who in the 15th century conquered the neighbouring kingdom of Totonicapan and demanded tribute in the form of vanilla pods.

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It may well be true that vanilla was appreciated before the Aztecs used it for their drinking chocolate, as an incense or perfume, perhaps. However, unlike cocoa which leaves traces of theobrominethere are no chemical fingerprints that enable us to work out how vanilla may have been used before then.

Nonetheless, there Vanilla & Chocolate welcome some wonderful legends for the origin of vanilla, especially among the Totonac Jaguar people of Mexico. Vanilla really took off when it was introduced to Europe. Morgan started to experiment with vanilla, mixing it with a variety of other consumables: in particular tobacco, pastries, perfumes and of course alcohol.

On the other side of the pond, Thomas Jefferson added it to ice cream in the US one of his recipes is stored in the Library of Congress. With the development of these uses of vanilla, demand boomed. Supply struggled to keep up. Even though the vanilla orchid could be grown outside Latin America, it pollinated in only a few places outside of Mexico so no vanilla pods emerged. Eventually inhorticulturalist Charles Morren identified the problem: you need either special bees Melipona or Euglossine or hummingbirds to cross-pollinate and therefore grow vanilla pods.

Even though this process is painstakingly slow and difficult, it rapidly became and remains the predominant way to grow vanilla.

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And since then, Reunion and Madagascar have become leading exporters of grown vanilla. As explored above, the use of cocoa and vanilla in collaboration first appears to have emerged in ancient Aztec hot-chocolate-like concoctions. In a more modern context, vanilla found its way into chocolate as a strategy to counteract the bitterness of the often low-quality beans which were being used in the production of early 20 th -century chocolate.

This use of vanilla as a means of masking poor quality chocolate is not exclusively a thing of the past. Many mass producers of chocolate continue to use vanilla, along with a generous spoonful of sugaras a means of disguising their low-quality chocolate. Consequently, in the case of bean-to-bar craft chocolate, the use of vanilla Vanilla & Chocolate welcome be frowned upon.

After all, good quality chocolate should be appreciated alone, unadulterated and in authentic form. However, in some cases, the best quality chocolate can benefit from the addition of vanilla. Essentially, adding vanilla enhances creaminess, balances sweetness and counteracts bitterness and acidity. Although not strictly necessary with craft chocolate — in cases where craft chocolate is accompanied by a range of flavours, known as inclusions, vanilla can be a welcome addition.

To explore further the use of vanilla in chocolate, check out our article on the cross-modal perception of vanilla. And in the interim, why not explore some great milk and white chocolate bars including one with matcha crafted with real vanilla? Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

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This website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous information such as the of visitors to the site, and the most popular s. Additionally, we use Facebook Pixel to measure the effectiveness of our Facebook marketing campaigns. More information about our Cookie Policy. The Origins of Vanilla Vanilla is the fruit of the orchid Vanilla planifoliawhich grows on vines hundreds of feet tall and has relied for most of its history on special bees or occasionally hummingbirds to cross-pollinate its vanilla pods. Vanilla in Chocolate As explored above, the use of cocoa and vanilla in collaboration first appears to have emerged in ancient Aztec hot-chocolate-like concoctions.

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