We doubt we're the only ones who wince when a recipe calls for a vanilla bean. Yes, yes, it adds flavor that can't be reached with plain ol' vanilla extract, and you can grind the pod and add it to sugar for another use, but still, that price makes us sweat a little. Those vanilla custards better set up or we just wasted eight bucks on the vanilla alone. You know? This Pure Vanilla Bean Powder ($16) is a great way to get that full vanilla flavor without altering the texture of your food or costing you a mint. We want to try it in some shortbread and sprinkle it in hot chocolate!
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