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Why is vanilla ice cream white when vanilla extract is brown?
Jokes, Polls & Anything Else / 10:39 PM - Thursday January 22, 2009

Why is vanilla ice cream white when vanilla extract is brown?

Something different...LOL

- Asked by phatmama2003, A Thinker, Female, 36-45, Boston, Who Cares?

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I dont know but now i want ice cream.

- Response by bluebird300, A Creative, Female, 46-55, Pittsburgh, Farming

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Vanilla extract is opaque, with a brownish tinge. It isn't really a solid color, as chocolate is clearly brown and strawberries are clearly red. It's also potent, so there's a relatively small amount of it present compared to the other main ingredients of vanilla ice cream, both of which (cream and sugar) are white.

- Response by happer55, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 36-45, New York, Other Profession

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Really good vanilla icecream with lots of real vanilla beans in it isn't's a creme color...white ice cream that calls itself vanilla is like trailer trash! ;)

- Response by joybird, A Creative, Female, Who Cares?, Therapist

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Well...the vanilla bean "is" brown...but its flavor is so strong that just a tiny little bit can flavor an entire quart of ice cream, and hardly show any color...

...I'd like to see chocolate try and do that. LOL!

- Response by mamom04, A Sweet Sarah, Female, 56-65, Phoenix

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Because milk is white, and there is a lot of milk to a very little bit of vanilla. That is why vanilla is slightly darker than white, and french vanilla is slightly darker, since it has a little more vanilla extract in it.

- Response by wolverinesegg, A Career Man, Male, 46-55, Science / Engineering

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