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geekyshrink
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Posted 03/29/2020 at 09:42 AM PT
Posted 03/29/2020 at 09:42 AM PT

In a best-case scenario, imitation vanilla comes from guaiacol, a fragrant liquid obtained by distilling wood-tar creosote. Worst case: Castoreum, which comes from a beaver's castor sacs, located near the **** glands. The slimy brown substance is used by beavers to mark their territory and is often mixed with gland secretions and urine.
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wildred
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Posted 03/29/2020 at 10:02 AM PT
Posted 03/29/2020 at 10:02 AM PT
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/castoreum

Fact check - its rarely used anymore, and in this product, it uses propylene glycol and vanillin.

Today most vanillin is produced from the petrochemical raw material guaiacol. The route entails condensation of glyoxylic acid with guaiacol to give mandelic acid, which is oxidized to produce a phenylglyoxylic acid. This acid undergoes a decarboxylation to afford vanillin.

Guaiacol is also used medicinally as an expectorant, antiseptic, and local anesthetic.
barryk
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Posted 03/29/2020 at 10:08 AM PT
Posted 03/29/2020 at 10:08 AM PT
Busted
barryk
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Posted 03/29/2020 at 10:10 AM PT
Posted 03/29/2020 at 10:10 AM PT
I buy pure/real vanilla... Why bother with the imitation çrąp? I'll skimp on other things, but not food and flavor.
bellemead
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Posted 03/29/2020 at 01:22 PM PT
Posted 03/29/2020 at 01:22 PM PT
The link for the $12 "real stuff" has some bad reviews that claim it is not genuine.
wildred
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Posted 03/29/2020 at 07:01 PM PT
Posted 03/29/2020 at 07:01 PM PT
OK, @bellemead, here's one for a dollar more. The only one star review claims it's cut with water, but the manufacturer's response disagrees.
https://www.amazon.com/Pure-Vanilla-Extract-Baking-Cooking/dp/B07JDHNZJS

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol (35%), Sugar, Vanilla Bean Extractives

Get drunk off vanilla :)
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