Vanilla just got cool.
Should it remain a mystery or will finding out what gives these popular yet unquestioned items their flavor? Like a magician who actually reveals his tricks, so will I tear away the ancient veil. Obviously, sugar plays a huge part in all these flavors, what what else is added to make these flavors so distinct, timeless, and magical?
Cola: Citrus oils (derived from the peels of citrus fruits: orange, lemon, and lime), tamarind, cinnamon, and vanilla.
Cotton Candy: Fruits, berries, honey, molasses, vanilla and maple sugar.
Bubble Gum: peppermint, spearmint, menthol, vanilla and fruit.
“Superman” Ice Cream: Vanilla (plus several different colors of food dye.) Just vanilla. Seriously. That’s all it is and has ever been. The rainbow colors play tricks on our minds.
The common ingredient these mysterious flavors have in common, besides a whole lot of sugar, is vanilla. The connotation of the word “vanilla” sometimes carries the idea of being plain and ordinary. However, without it, these wonderful American flavors would not be the same. Vanilla: who knew?