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post #16 of 20
So glad I finally have something to work with. Thank you do very much! I'm going to give it a try.
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post #17 of 20
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I had a company send me a sample of their French Vanilla & it was horrible.

Which company?
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post #18 of 20

I have used french vanilla in my cakes for many- many years.  McCormick discontinued it as well as Tones brand.  I have tried to "doctor" up flavorings to get it it to taste the same.  In my white cakes, normally I would add about 2 1/2tsp of french vanilla to 2 cake mixes.  I have found that about 2 1/4 tsp of pure vanilla with 1 1/2 tsp clear vanilla  to 3 mixes tastes similar.  Sometimes I might add a bit more clear vanilla to taste.  I have had to add an extra mix thanks to Pillsbury shortening the amount in their boxes.  This does taste similar, but the problem I have found is that after a few day, you can smell a strong smell of the stronger vanilla.  Normally the french vanilla cake could last a week and still taste amazing and be moist.  My new way has to be eaten within a couple days. I really wish McCormick and Tones would bring it back!  I don't know how they didn't sell it enough.  I alone would buy about 20 bottles monthly!  

post #19 of 20

Stumbled across this on a google search trying to find out about this awesome flavor has anyone else had any better matches yet? i personally used it in my cheesecakes that i would make for fam//friend gatherings (that and i just love cheesecake) wish there was more notice before it vanished would of stocked up

post #20 of 20

 

So glad I saved this bottle!  I still have about 1 TBS of it left.  With that being said, I set out to create a duplicate.  The one duplicate recipe that was posted by Laura is not as close as the one I came up with. And, since I happen to still have some of the "original" my recipe is spot on!  I had to make 3 different batches and the last "blend" was perfect!  So glad I perfected it!   My recipe smells even better than McCormicks.   Enjoy!

 

McCormick French Vanilla Blend - An original copycat recipe by Angie Schaeffer

 

2 1/4 tsp Wilton's imitation clear vanilla extract 

1/4 tsp Watkins imitation caramel flavor

1/4 tsp real vanilla extract (I make mine homemade using a bottle of vodka and about 10 whole vanilla beans - let steep for 2 months)

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