Elisabeth Vaupel

Substitute for natural vanilla

Acceptance and legal treatment of the synthetic flavorings vanillin and ethyl vanillin in Germany (1874–2011)


Ferrum 89/2017

As the main flavoring of natural vanilla, vanillin is both a “natural” flavoring and an artificial product that was first chemically synthesized in 1874. The article describes the initial consumer acceptance of chemically synthesized vanillin and how it became a widely accepted substitute for expensive natural vanilla in Germany in periods of economic crisis. Today vanillin is the world’s most widely used synthetic flavoring, produced on a multi-ton scale every year.


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