Can You Guess the First Artificial Flavor Ever Created?

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No, it wasn’t grape — good guess, though! This glimpse at the history of artificial flavorings on First We Feast is just fascinating. The story also starts much earlier than I would have expected, with the first artificial flavoring created in the late 1800s. So, if it’s not grape, what flavoring do you think was created first?

The award goes to … vanilla! Vanilla was an expensive and highly coveted ingredient until the artificial flavoring vanillin was created in the 1870s, according to Alison Herman of First We Feast. This flavoring is actually still around on the store shelves as “artificial vanilla flavoring.”

→ Read More: The Absurd History of Artificial Flavors by Alison Herman for First We Feast