Oddly enough, in the United States
, if vanilla extract
doesn't have alcohol
in it, it is required to be called imitation vanilla
. This is because the FDA
has rules about what makes a standard recipe
for various things, and vanilla requires alcohol in the official recipe. The bureaucrats apparently get all wound up if you call something vanilla extract that isn't USDA
How'd I find this bit out? I was bored in an organic food store once and found myself wondering why a place that was so organic would have the atrocity known as imitation vanilla.
What I want to know is, given this apparently silly requirement on vanilla, why can't we get various imitation cheese products to be called by that name?