Four New And Exciting Ways To Enjoy Vanilla Bean

Vanilla bean is usually considered to be an unexciting ingredient—people often use the word “vanilla” to describe something as boring or plain. If you want to open your heart and taste buds to the misunderstood ingredient, try these four different ways to enjoy vanilla bean.

  1. In Your Morning Brew

You can start your morning off right with a steaming cup of coffee that has just a hint of refreshing vanilla bean. Many people enjoy buying coffee creamers and additives with French vanilla flavoring, but the taste will be more authentic if you use real vanilla bean. You can also make vanilla bean iced coffee if you prefer your cup of joe to be on the colder side — the trick is to infuse vanilla into the milk and then pour it into the cold coffee.

  1. On Your Brunch Spread

Your mug of vanilla infused coffee will go well with a delicious brunch spread made of fluffy pancakes or golden waffles. You can coat these tasty brunch staples in warm vanilla maple syrup, which you can easily throw together in a saucepan on the stove top. This syrup will fill your home with the incredible fragrances of delicate vanilla and maple sugar— and it will taste even better than it smells.

  1. In Your Afternoon Snack

Many people are familiar with having a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cone or in a sundae smothered in toppings, but even adventurous eaters may not be familiar with vanilla mochi ice cream. Mochi ice cream is a chilled snack made of a ball of premium ice cream covered in a soft layer of sweetened rice dough called mochi. You can pick up a box of MyMo Mochi ice cream made using real vanilla bean from the frozen food aisle of your grocery store. If you are not sure if your grocery store carries any boxes, you can stop by MyMo today to check ahead of time — the website will show you the locations that are closest to your home address.

  1. In Anything You Please

You can add it in a cocktail, put it in your oatmeal in the morning, stir it in your sweet potato mash and even use it to make a soothing scented candle. All you have to do is learn how to whip up a batch of homemade vanilla extract and then use your imagination whenever you start cooking. To bottle your own extract takes very little effort, but you have to wait four to six months for the infusion to work—in the meantime, you can split a vanilla bean and scrape the insides into your recipe to give your food that lovely flavor.

Vanilla isn’t a basic ingredient that is solely designed for cookies, cakes and icing — you can eat so many new and exciting vanilla-based recipes. Don’t let the preconceptions of the ingredient stop you from exploring the delicious possibilities and enjoying the gorgeous flavor.


  1. Janet Meisner says

    I like the idea in an afternoon snack. I have always enjoyed vanilla based recipes.

  2. Shirley OFlynn says

    Great ideas! I think I will try the vanilla maple syrup. Its sounds so delicious.

  3. This vanilla maple syrup sounds so zesty and tasty! Absolutely love your creative idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I finally got to make this vanilla maple syrup this past weekend and it was such a hit!!

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