These Grade-A vanilla beans are plump and brimming with a rich, sweet flavor. Bourbon vanilla beans are the most popular because of their aromatic, rummy qualities. These vanilla beans will give your creme brulee, buttercream frosting, and ice cream deep, full flavor, and distinctive "little black specks." Add vanilla beans to chocolate desserts to enhance the cocoa flavor.
To use these beans, cut the bean lengthwise, scrape out the dark, pulpy inside and add to the recipe. Don't discard the remaining bean pod. Store it in a jar with sugar to scent the sugar for coffee, tea, or baking. You can also pulse the pod with sugar in a food processor to make vanilla sugar--great for making chocolate chip cookies or brownies!