You remember my teaser a few weeks ago about the vanilla surprise? That just wasn’t fair, was it? So I thought I’d share how to make your own vanilla extract. If you’re like me you assumed that “pure vanilla extract” was simply that, but you’d be surprised. Some brands use high fructose corn syrup to sweeten their “pure” extract, which to me just seems a little.. ugh. (We try to limit, as much as possible, an overexposure to processed sweeners.)
So then what? The fun part is all in the packaging. Individually package your vanilla by filling individual jars or bottles. Order them in bulk online or check out thrift stores and flea markets for more interesting shapes and colors (regardless of which path you choose, be sure to thoroughly sanitize your jars before use!)
Print cute tags onto stickers or use card stock and a hole punch to make dangly labels. And, of course, I made some printable labele to help you get started.