One of the lead stories on Yahoo this morning was the news that Baskin Robbins was cutting back on it’s ice cream flavors. Frankly, it didn’t strike me as that big a deal .What did take me by surprise was that one of the flavors being dropped was French Vanilla. But then I quickly realized that French Vanilla was not the same as Vanilla , and that the latter was still going to be offered. Whew ! There are two types of people in this world… those who like Chocolate and those who love Vanilla and there are very few people who love both. Since I am of the latter category, it was reassuring to see that I was not going to be deprived of my favorite ( Plain ) Vanilla.
This led to the question ” What is the difference between French Vanilla and Vanilla ? “It turns out that French Vanilla has added egg yolks which give it it’s light yellow color ,and Vanilla is . well ,just vanilla flavored ice-cream. In fact the latter is usually artificially flavored; there is another category called Vanilla Bean , which contains genuine vanilla beans . This was all well and good but when I looked up the recipe for Vanilla ice cream, half the recipes called for egg yolks. Apparently, the distinction between French Vanilla and ( Plain ) Vanilla is lost on many people , myself included. And really… would the egg yolks make that much difference ? They might make the ice cream a tad creamier and they would give it a pleasing cream color but the taste ? I can’t see that it would be all that different.
So , Baskin Robbins go ahead with your plans ; it’s no skin off my nose. I rarely buy ice cream at the supermarket and , when I do, It’s almost never Baskin Robbins. I get whatever’s on sale and occasionally splurge on Ben and Jerry’s. I”ll survive.