Champion Madagascar Vanilla Compound (12 oz)

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This classic, unique blend of pure Madagascar vanilla and fortifiers creates a smooth flavoring compound. This delicious double-strength flavor will not bake or freeze out. Gluten free, salt free. 12 oz. 

A special blend of Water, Alcohol 12%, Vanilla Bean Extract, Carmel Color, Vanillin, Ethyl Vanillin and Glycerine

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  • 5
    Over 70 Years of Experience

    Posted by Ann on Apr 11th 2020

    McNess has been in our family cabinets for well over 70 years. My mother use to buy the products from the McNess man that would come to your home. I remember the smell of the cakes baking with Wonder, Vanilla, Lemon or Banana flavor! Simply amazing! I wish you would bring the Lemon and Banana back in stock :-( We LOVE ALL OF YOUR PRODUCTS!

  • 5
    Best vanilla ever

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 9th 2020

    Only vanilla I have ever used and my mom used it too for many many years. Best vanilla on the market.

  • 5
    Best Vanilla ever

    Posted by RH on Mar 30th 2020

    I have been using this vanilla for over 40 years and it is always consistently the best.

  • 5
    Best ever vanilla

    Posted by Margaret on Mar 21st 2020

    Our family has used this vanilla since I was very young (I am 74). My mother also sold McNess and we always loved their puddings, nectars, spices, and of course vanilla.

  • 5
    Champion is right

    Posted by Dan on Feb 18th 2020

    Years ago I used whatever vanilla flavoring I could find but I was never happy with any of them. The artificial one obviously didn't cut it. Other pure vanilla brands always seemed like the flavor I was looking for just wasn't there. Then one day I was given a bottle of McNess's Champion Madagascar Vanilla Compound. It has the most intense vanilla flavor of all of that I have tried. It is rich with a very intense vanilla bean taste. After doing research about what makes a good vanilla extract, I found out it is the Madagascar vanilla that makes it so good, and McNess got it right. I don't know what I would do if McNess stopped making it. When you find something that works like it is supposed to, you don't want to change it. And of our baked goods, one never tires of hearing; 'It has great vanilla flavor.' If anyone asks me what vanilla I would suggest, the first thing out of my mouth would be McNess Champion Madagascar Vanilla Compound. Please, please, please don't ever change the recipe!

  • 5
    Very good flavor

    Posted by Linda on Dec 9th 2019

    We found McNess vanilla while shopping at an Amish store in central Illinois. We had been using Watkins double strength Madagascar vanilla for years, but the price went up. We decided to try the McNess because it used Madagascar vanilla beans. We weren't sure we wanted to try it because of the vanillin used in it. But we gave it a try. We really like the flavor. We've been through our second 12 oz. bottle and we were happy we could get it on-line. So we ordered another and also one for our daughter. Response from Sugar River Trading/McNess Store… Hi Linda: We’re glad you brought up the subject of vanillin! There is a huge misconception of what vanillin and ethyl vanillin actually is, I’m guessing that you probably didn’t realize that they are both produced naturally in the vanilla plant and they are primarily what gives vanilla extract its flavor. However, just like we can mix hydrogen and oxygen together in a lab to make water, we can recreate the exact same molecules of vanillin and ethyl vanillin to enhance the flavor of our compound. (That’s why it’s double strength!) When you compare our compound to the Watkins “original gourmet baking vanilla”, you’ll notice that our most prominent ingredient (besides water and alcohol) is real vanilla bean extract. If you look at Watkins, their number one ingredient (besides water) is sugar*. We would never add sugar or corn syrup to our vanilla! The alcohol is of course required to produce an extract, that is what pulls the components of the vanilla bean into liquid form (“extracting” those components.) If you are interested in learning more, we asked Dr Barry Ferm to explain this in a video that you can view online at *Source:

  • 5
    Best Vanilla Ever

    Posted by Unknown on Dec 6th 2019

    Quality Vanilla that is the real thing, full flavored, smells fantastic and tastes even better.

  • 5
    It's the only vanilla extract for me!

    Posted by Kim Soard on Sep 10th 2019

    I have been a loyal customer of McNess Champion Vanilla for over 40 years. I was first introduced to it back in the 70's when they still did in-home parties. Love this stuff and I make sure I never run out. I always have a spare in the pantry.

  • 5
    Best Vanilla Extract EVER

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 31st 2019

    Growing up in rural Illinois, we were used to the McNess man coming to our home a few times a year. My mom always bought the Champion Vanilla, Cinnamon, and various other products, including the salve. Years later, I searched for and found McNess-Furst online and purchased the vanilla and the cinnamon. It's just the best product available, as far as I'm concerned. Thank you so much for offering these products after all these years!