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  • Clear color and vanilla flavor

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Flavor Vanilla
Gluten Free Yes
Kosher Yes
Made in America Yes
Package Size 8 oz.
Type Imitation Flavorings


Add warm and sweet vanilla flavor to your cakes, cookies, and pastries using Shank's 8 oz. white imitation vanilla flavoring. It's also great for making sauces, frostings, and flavored drinks! In contrast to pure vanilla extract that has a naturally dark color, this imitation vanilla is clear. It's just what your bakery needs in order to make brilliantly bright white vanilla frostings. Now, you'll be able to add great vanilla flavor without imparting any additional color to your sweet treats! Besides baking applications, try using a dash of vanilla flavor with smoothies, coffees, puddings, chocolates, or other confections. This imitation vanilla extract is gluten free, so it can be used to create mouthwatering gluten free baked goods and other flavorful menu items that all of your guests can enjoy.

The roots of Shank's Extracts, Inc. date back to 1899 when Jacob Shank created flavorings to help make medicines taste better. Expanding their company and label through the years, Shank's flavors, extracts, and food colorings are now sold to industrial and grocery customers across the country. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, Shank's modern manufacturing and packaging facility produces a variety of fine flavors for cooking, baking, and confectionery applications. Enhance the flavor of any dish when you use this white imitation vanilla flavoring!

  • Gluten Free

    Gluten Free

    This item is Gluten Free per the manufacturer.

  • Made in America

    Made in America

    This item was made in the United States of America.

  • Orthodox Union

    Orthodox Union

    This item is certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union.

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall User Rating: Shank's 8 oz. White Imitation Vanilla

    4.8 stars from 33 reviews


    People Talk About:

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    I was tasked with creating a "perfectly white" vanilla cake. I was happy to see that this vanilla was available. While it is imitation vanilla, that taste is almost exactly like pure. It is totally clear and it allows me to creat the cake with out the tint of traditional vanilla extrac.

    from Fast Casual Cafe Posted on

    Pure white frosting

    This vanilla extract is terrific. All the flavor of real vanilla extract without the dark color. Use this in your cake mixes and still get that white looking cake and batter everytime!

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    Vanilla in use.

    Shank’s Imitation Vanilla is excellent for creating the perfect dessert. For example, the taste and flavor of a fluffy meringue is delicious with Imitation Vanilla

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    Homemade Banana Pudding with Shanks imitation vanilla

    I use the Shark’s eight ounce bottle of white imitation vanilla on a regular basis. I have an in-house baker and this is his go to vanilla flavoring. He likes that the flavor stays true at high temperatures and has a good shelf life. And I always appreciate the positive sincere feedback from our cake customers. I would recommend.

    Posted on

    I have started throwing a teaspoon or two in our chocolate and peanut butter milkshakes. And you can see the results in the picture- huge success and easy profit increaser.

    I always try to use real vanilla when possible but when I need my buttercream to be bright white I use white or clear vanilla. This has a good vanilla flavor without being too artificial tasting.

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    I use the clear white imitation vanilla in the icing when I need it to be bright white.

    It is always great to have white imitation vanilla on hand at our bakery. The white vanilla has a great flavor and is perfect for keeping the bright white of our cakes and frostings. Real vanilla or imitation vanilla that is dark, can cause a stained looked in white frostings.

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    I know people hate on imitation vanilla all the time, but personally, I like how this vanilla smells. It doesn't have the caramelized undertones that the darker vanillas have (imitation or real extract), but for certain applications that's actually a good thing. For one, I think it pairs better with lemon, because it's a cleaner, purer vanilla flavor (dark vanillas smell like caramel or brown sugar to me, in addition to vanilla - great for chocolate chip cookies, but not as ideal for lemony desserts). It reminds me of cream soda vanilla flavor. I wouldn't use it instead of dark vanilla for every application, but for certain ones I definitely prefer it.

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    Using clear vanilla for lemon ricotta cookies. The cleaner, simpler flavor profile of clear vanilla compliments lemon better than dark vanilla in my opinion.

    The flavor isn't very strong. You need to use quite a bit to get decent flavor. However, this works nicely for royal icing, as it doesn't discolor your icing.

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    Good flavor despite being imitation. It is clear so it won't darken light colored bakery items. large size lasts a long time and retains its flavor.

    Posted on

    Shanks imitation vanilla i s a great item! the taste is great even though its only an imitation flavor great value for the price i paid

    from sweetart Posted on

    White imitation vanilla is the the best way to use for white cake and this product is good. Flavor of vanilla is intense too. Highly recommend.

    from Sugary and Savory Posted on

    3.5 Stars This obviously does not have the complexity of an extract. Shank's Vanilla extract does not have as much alcohol to an extract and is not as astringent. This can be used in cold or hot dishes and liquids where some might be sensitive to the astringent quality of some vanilla extracts. I myself am particularly sensitive to Vanilla Extracts alcohol quantity so this Imitation Vanilla is perfect for my use in adding it to drinks. In baking applications ranging between 250+ F, I really can't tell the difference(taste/smell) compared to extract, however, I use a bit more compared to the extract i typically use as this seems a bit weaker. The only thing I really don't like is the addition of sugar which I knew beforehand

    Posted on

    Clear vanilla extract that is perfect when you need pure white frosting but still need to add a vanilla taste. This bottle is inexpensive so give it a shot.

    from Sweet Pea's Cupcakery Cafe Posted on

    We have been using several different vanilla flavorings, decided to test this one. Love it. Its imitation, but for icing, I couldnt tell a difference and the clear allows the icing to be white, which really helps with presentation.

    from Will's Cinnamon Shop Posted on

    Have been very pleased with the flavor of this vanilla. Love that it is clear! It adds great flavor to buttercream frosting without tinting it.

    Posted on

    This vanilla is amazing..it is a bit stronger then normal stuff u get at the store...so u only need half what it calls for..but it makes everuthing taste very yummy

    Posted on

    Shank's 8 oz. White Imitation Vanilla #1041012 we make an island tea known as maube, there are many types but a light version taste smoother so you dont want that one to get too dark so we use white vanilla

    from PowerQuee Media Posted on

    Overall happy with this product. We use it in buttercream frosting and fresh whipped cream. The clear color was just what we needed to avoid Turing them that off white color.

    from Whisk Bakery and Coffee Shop Posted on

    This has good flavor and is well priced. It's clear color helps not to tint the whitest of creations. No need for maybe use the white food coloring when using this.

    Posted on

    I use this imitation vanilla extract in my baked goods, especially when I don't want brown color of regular vanilla extract tinting my white cakes. Works great for that purpose, and is much cheaper too.

    Posted on

    good flavor and works well when need to get great tasting icing without wanted to yellow the color of the product. works great with buttercream and royal icings.

    from Chad Fenner Posted on

    Clear vanilla is great for white cakes. It can be expensive and there are few brand options in the store, so this is a good value.

    from partycakes bakery Posted on

    Used this Shank's 8 oz. White Imitation Vanilla for the white icing on my Red Velvet Cake this weekend and it turned out great and perfect white icing!

    from Ruffled Feathers Posted on

    I only use a clean vanilla in my icing. This is a much cheaper alternative to the brand I've been loyal to for years. I will probably buy this product again in the larger size now that I know I like it.

    Posted on

    I love using this imitation vanilla specially when making cream cheese frosting because you want to clean white frosting is that a bad tinted brown frosting if you were to use pure vanilla extract so it comes in handy when you need back clean white frosting.


    I love this vanilla for all my white icings and white cake flavor needs. The flavor is very nice without being chemically! You can't beat the price!

    Posted on

    This white immitaion vanilla good to use when i making marshmallow fondant so since this clear want does not affect the color of my white color fondant

    from ashlexdrei tradings /sweets by chef jhay Posted on

    this is the classic taste of clear vanilla - key to classic recipes and baked goods where the clear color is key. it's got that flavor that is associated with childhood and desserts that need that taste profile benefit from it!

    Posted on

    Although nothing can beat pure vanilla extract, this is a very good brand of imitation vanilla! As others had stated, I keep imitation vanilla for times when I need my butter cream to be really white. This adds a nice flavor but no color. Great price too. Would buy again!

    from Baked Bliss by Laura Posted on

    Really good vanilla flavor without adding darker color to cakes and icings. Ideal when you want to get a really pure white cake or frosting.

    from S3 Confections Posted on

    Shanks imitation white vanilla is a great buy! Great price great quality. It is perfect for flavoring white buttercream frosting so you keep that pure look and still have the vanilla taste

    from Zest Posted on

    Great vanilla!! For not wanting to add color to frostings. Helps me achieve pure white color for my buttercream. I will buy again in the future.

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    I purchased this clear vanilla and is great for the price and gives my buttercream a ni c e bright white finish instead of a yellow hue

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