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When a recipe calls for pure vanilla extract, can I use imitation vanilla? Will it change the taste of the recipe?

Ang - from Torrance, CA

While many bakers vow they would only use pure vanilla extract, with its more vibrant taste, most people don't notice the difference if you substitute artificial vanilla flavor in a recipe. This is especially true when other ingredients in the recipe have a strong flavor (i.e. chocolate, almonds or almond extract, etc.) – so feel free to try artificial!

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