i make my own homemade organic vanilla and it is DARK brown. But, i don't think it makes a huge difference in the color of my icing. If anything, the fact that I use all butter, no shortening alters the color.If it really really bothers you, find a pure extract that is clear. It will be more expensive because it has been filter to get rid of the impurities that make it dark. Or, you can get while food coloring. Wilton sells it. Not sure if anyone else does, though.