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Vanilla fla­voring is tastier, more ver­satile than chocolate, writes Allison Schuster. Courtesy | Wiki­media Commons.

People use the expression “that is so vanilla” to describe some­thing that is plain, gen­erally as an insult. But it’s not insulting at all. 

Rather, saying some­thing is the most classic, fun­da­mental flavor only proves the pop­u­larity and uni­versal accep­tance of that thing as the best. The flavor vanilla is stable and can be used in an extremely wide range of foods, not to mention that it’s deli­cious. 

America loves vanilla, despite how loud the voice of the chocolate enthu­siasts may seem. 

The two most popular flavors of ice cream are, and rightly ought to be, vanilla and chocolate. According to a 2017 survey con­ducted by the Inter­na­tional Dairy Foods Asso­ci­ation, vanilla is America’s favorite

The typical cri­tique by chocolate lovers is that vanilla is ordinary and fla­vorless. The fact that vanilla is white, however, doesn’t mean it’s plain. Although vanilla ice cream can resemble plain ice cream in its appearance, that doesn’t affect its taste at all. Vanilla is, in fact, a flavor. Vanilla yogurt tastes very dif­ferent from plain yogurt. 

When one wants to make his pie a little sweeter, he adds a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or if one wants to make his smoothie a little thicker, he adds vanilla yogurt. The flavor’s time­lessness and ability to pair with other foods is unri­valed, par­tic­u­larly by the over­bearing flavor of chocolate ice cream. 

Vanilla goes well with so many things because its foun­da­tional yet tasty makeup helps it stand out as incredibly ver­satile. No other flavor can be com­bined quite the same. Root beer floats and banana splits both begin with the same flavor of ice cream: vanilla. Its uni­versal appeal is that of nothing else. 

People eat vanilla at all times of the day, too. In the morning, a vanilla latte is an essential part of many people’s morning rou­tines. At lunch, a vanilla yogurt parfait is a healthy dose of calcium and digestive-aiding bac­teria. And at dinner time, people can enjoy ice cream, cake, and pretty much any other dessert in the flavor of vanilla. 

And it isn’t only taste buds that vanilla dom­i­nates. Other senses, including scent, delight in the flavor as well. Hand lotions, per­fumes, and other cos­metic products all benefit from the mul­ti­faceted smell. 

According to inter­na­tional online shopping company Global Blue, vanilla com­mands the perfume industry as a top scent. 

“Soft and sweet, vanilla is one of the most popular notes in per­fumes, cel­e­brated for its heady, fem­inine qual­ities. Many brands, including Tom Ford and Annick Goutal, have ded­i­cated per­fumes to it.”

Nobody likes wearing chocolate perfume. 

Allison Schuster is a junior studying pol­itics.