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Flavors That Go With Vanilla

Flavors That Go With Vanilla

If you are looking for flavor pairings that go well with vanilla you came to the right place. In this article you will find inspiration for your next vanilla flavored recipe.

Whether looking for spices to add to a vanilla beverage or fruits that go with vanilla, we have every flavor combination you could ask for.

To make it easier we’ve broken it down into categories so just read on for all the flavors that go well with vanilla.

Top Vanilla Flavor Combinations

vanilla cake with strawberries

No matter what you are making you will find some great vanilla pairings. From ice cream combinations, to cake, beverages, pudding, and spices the combination options are nearly endless.

You can pick and choose any number of the following ingredients to add to your vanilla recipe. Get creative and don’t forget to let us know your favorite vanilla flavor pairings.

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Fruit that Goes with Vanilla

berry filled vanilla parfait

Vanilla tastes amazing with fruit! There are some truly wonderful combinations you can try no matter what type of vanilla recipe you are making. Try mixing and matching different fruits from this list.

You can use these fruits whole, mashed, pureed and even frozen.

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  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Coconut
  • Cranberries
  • Figs
  • Orange (blood oranges are a personal favorite)
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Kiwi

Spices that go Well with Vanilla

vanilla bean and cinnamon sticks

Vanilla’s flavor can really shine when paired with the spices below. These spices provide a complex and delicious flavor pairing that is ideal for adding other ingredients from the other lists.

Experiment with different combinations and as always, add spices to taste.

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  • Anise
  • Cardamon
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Clove

Nuts that go Well with Vanilla

whole chestnuts and leaves

Vanilla is perfect for adding the earthy flavor of nuts. Whether making pudding, vanilla cake, or just about any vanilla based recipe the following nuts offer a tasty flavor pairing that is sure to impress.

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  • Chestnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanut
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Filberts

Other Flavors that Pair with Vanilla

vanilla cream coffee with mint

If all those great options aren’t enough, here are some more interesting things that work amazing when combined with vanilla.

Some are classics and a few you would probably not have considered but they will work great with vanilla.

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Ginger
  • Egg
  • Rhubarb
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Mint
  • Tomato
  • Caramel
  • Toffee
  • Nutella