Absolutely no sugars are added to our vanilla, nor are any artificial flavors. What IS added to some of our extract blends are other NATURAL ingredients, such as Ceylon cinnamon, Saigon cinnamon, peppermint leaves, cacao beans, or chipotle pepper flakes, to name a few. Everything is 100% natural, we make only pure extracts.
NO WAY! Coumarin, the chemical found in tonka beans, which is used in some falsely-advertised "vanilla" extracts is linked to kidney disease and even cancer. It's not vanilla, and it's not a healthy substance, it has no place in our extracts!
Vanilla extract dosn't really have a "shelf life" to be stated... Does a bottle of vodka or other alcoholic beverage ever go bad? Not really. And thus, our vanilla extracts (or any extracts that are made properly), will never really go bad. If they're exposed to sunlight or extreme temperatures, however, they can lose their potency.
As stated above, we do not add ANY substances to our vanilla that is not a natural, flavor-enhancing herb or spice. Our extracts are so dark because they are actually well over twice the concentration that the FDA requires them to be... You'll find yourself using only 1/2 teaspoon where 1 teaspoon is called for in your recipes... unless you REALLY want the vanilla to shine (;
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