So it seems like maple syrup might become the new pumpkin. I’ve seen so many new additions this year to this simple condiment. Just last week I tried the Ghosted Maple Syrup. And I hope to get my hands on the other new maple syrup hitting shelves: organic Vermont Bourbon Barrel aged Maple syrup. If you are looking at the title, and thinking “didn’t they have that in the past?” Yes, but it wasn’t organic and this has a very different label than the bourbon barrel aged maple syrup I tried in the past. So, I guess I’ll have to report back on to that how they compare.
In the meanwhile, here is the sweet and more complex contrast to the Ghosted Maple Syrup. However, I want to check your expectations of this product.
Here you see half of a vanilla bean sitting maple syrup. In big letters is vanilla bean infused.
Upon opening this bottle, I saw those familiar black specks of vanilla bean just waiting for me.
But when I tasted it, it didn’t scream vanilla. Nope this is more subtle, but very much present.
This would be a nice substitute for regular maple syrup in both baking and breakfast items if a touch of added complexity is needed. The vanilla adds more of a caramel tone to this maple syrup.
Some might scoff at the price of this. Just under $10. However, there is half a vanilla bean sitting in this jar. Buying vanilla has been incredibly expensive. A vanilla bean at my favorite spice store, Penzeys, will work out to about $6 each. So there is quite a bit of value sitting in this jar.
The maple syrup itself is good maple syrup, so feel free to switch this out with your regular maple syrup. This would absolutely work in baking or for breakfast.
Would I buy this again? I may or may not see this again before I get to the bottom of the bottle. This is seasonal, so depending on how many uses I can find for this I might pick up another bottle. This is one of those items you wished wasn’t seasonal.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bottle of Trader Joe’s Vanilla Bean Infused Vermont Maple Syrup:
The nutritional information and ingredients:
How Trader Joe’s describes this:
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The Bottom Line
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Trader Joe's Vanilla Bean Infused Vermont Maple Syrup
Product Name: Trader Joe's Vanilla Bean Infused Vermont Maple Syrup
Product Description: Maple syrup with a vanilla bean in the bottle
- Neither maple syrup nor vanilla beans are cheap and this is fairly priced
- A nice break from plain maple syrup
- The maple syrup in this bottle is quality as is the bean although there is no mention as to where the bean comes from
- Some might be disappointed that this isn’t strongly vanilla. This only adds a touch of vanilla.
- At nearly $10 this isn’t cheap