Pure Vanilla Extract is something I use a lot of! Almost every day...I am making something that utilizes that ingredient and I ONLY use the best in my recipes. Their vanilla extract can be used in various bread, cookies, cake, cupcakes, pies, tarts and beverage recipes. For example, check out their recipe for Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa below. It makes 6 servings.
⅓ cup unsweetened quality cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
1½ cups powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
4 cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract
¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Place over medium-low heat and gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half until combined. Stirring occasionally, heat to desired temperature, being careful not to let the mixture boil. Stir in pure vanilla, peppermint and chocolate extracts. Before serving, top with a Vanilla Bean Marshmallow. For an extra blast of peppermint, drop a peppermint candy in the bottom of each mug before serving.
If you use the imitation vanilla or the stuff you find at your local "buck store"....trust me, it doesn't even COMPARE with the quality and taste of the vanilla extracts from Nielsen-Massey.
* Give a DIY hot cocoa kit to a friend or loved one. Write your recipe on festive cardstock, stack cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a jar and pack in a basket with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, Chocolate and Peppermint Extracts.
* Instead of using traditional toppings like marshmallows, try crumbled cookies, raspberries or a cherry on top of a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Stir in a cinnamon stick for an irresistible blend of sugar and spice.
* Invite friends and family over for a casual hot chocolate bar party. Set out mismatched mugs of various sizes, along with several types of hot cocoa, toppings and whipped cream. Use peppermint sticks for stirrers and have guests vote for their favorite concoction.
You can find additional recipes and product information about the Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract and the other extracts that the company has to offer by visiting their site online.
Disclosure: Shelly H. received a complimentary bottle of Pure Vanilla Extract to use in her review. No monetary compensation was received. Regardless, her thoughts, words and opinion are 100% her own.