On March 1, 2009, Cook's Illustrated issued a report on vanilla extract. They rated the brands listed below, and declared McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract as the overall winner, noting its "strong flavor and sweet undertone." They also cited the following tasters' comments about McCormick's: "This vanilla won top praise for being 'strong,' 'rich,' and 'spicy,' with a 'sweet undertone.' It had 'clear vanilla flavor with nice balance' and notes of 'dried fruit,' 'caramel,' and 'chocolate,' 'like Kahlúa or Bailey’s.' In pudding, it was deemed 'a step above,' with an extremely 'pleasing finish.'"
Adams Pure Vanilla Extract
CF Sauer Co. Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla Extract
CF Sauer Co. Pure Vanilla Extract
Durkee Imitation Vanilla Flavor
Durkee Pure Vanilla Extract
McCormick Gourmet Collection Organic Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract
McCormick Premium Imitation Vanilla Extract
McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
Morton & Bassett Pure Vanilla Extract
Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract
Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
Spice Islands Pure Vanilla Extract
Edited by RDCollins, 20 March 2009 - 01:29 PM.