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Vanilla Extract or Artificial Vanilla?

Posted by Joe Kearns on

Thank you to Singing Dog Vanilla for this incredible information. Do you know the difference between Mexican vanilla, pure vanilla extract, artificial vanilla flavor or other vanilla options available?  If you use vanilla in your business, you’ve probably researched available vanilla products but found it difficult to determine if you are comparing similar items.  This short tutorial will help you evaluate various products.     Pure Vanilla Extract Pure Vanilla Extract (Ingredients: Water; Alcohol; Vanilla Bean Extractives) Vanilla Extract is defined by the FDA in CFR 21, part 169. It must be extracted from no less than 13.35 ounces of...

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What is Vanilla Powder? Real vs. Fake Vanilla

Posted by Joe Kearns on

First we want to thank Singing Dog Vanilla for providing this incredible information.  The popular definition of Vanilla Powder has evolved since our company started. When we first entered the vanilla business in 2004, Vanilla Powder was a vanilla flavored sugar or dextrose. This was used for sprinkling on coffee or as a dusting for pastries.  Often the vanilla flavor itself did not come from real vanilla. Some vanilla powders on the market today do have flavoring that is derived from real vanilla but they are using another, non-vanilla base, or bulking agent. Searching the term “vanilla powder” on Google I found quite an...

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Tiago's Tacos

Posted by Priya Brantley on

Slices Concession had the pleasure of providing a quality used frozen drink machine to Tiago's Tacos. They are now the owners of one of the most popular models Taylor brand has to offer, the Taylor 430. This countertop model has proven to be incredibly profitable in numerous establishments. Being a counter top model, it is excellent for food trucks, such as Tiagos. Tiagos Tacos is a taco truck with three locations in Miami. They serve tacos, burritos, and other Mexican delicacies with some added zest. Named after their son Tiago, their popularity has grown exponentially. Tiago's Tacos contacted us to...

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Spotlight: KC Wine Co.

Posted by Priya Brantley on

Slices Concession sat down with Kirk Berggren from KC Wine. They are a popular vineyard located in Olathe, KS. They are an avid buyer of machines from Slices Concession. What got Kirk into the wine industry is actually a funny story. The lease on their pumpkin patch had expired, and the piece of new land that they found ironically had a vineyard on it.  Instead of getting rid of the grapes, they decided to keep them and start their own vineyard! This all happened in 2014, they opened a year later in 2015. They feature a variety of over ten...

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Spotlight: Tony's Daiquiri and Vape

Posted by Priya Brantley on

We sat down with Tamara Saba from Tony’s Daiquiri and Vape in Bernice, Louisiana. “We had daiquiris before, so getting new machines was a way to add new flavors,” says Saba. “We serve alcoholic frozen drinks and now feature a lot more flavors.” They feature flavors such as strawberry, margarita, hurricane, and watermelon to name a few. The public’s response has been extremely positive, with a favorite flavor being suicide. “Everyone loves it,” says Saba. She also has advice for restaurants starting up during this time. “Be careful, make sure you keep cleaning. Make sure you are going through the...

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