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Flavor Science
Understanding Tree Nut Allergies and Using Almond Extracts

Cook’s Pure Almond Extract is made from the highest quality almond oil. Almond oil does not affect people who suffer from tree nut allergies and is thus a wonderful way to impart almond flavor without causing allergic reactions.

Like all extracts made with natural oils, almond extract is extremely potent and is best used in amounts ranging from an eighth teaspoon to a full teaspoon in desserts and baked goods.

Pure almond extract is a wonderful addition to cakes, cookies, ice creams, pies and tarts. Almond flavor is sweet and nutty and when used in small amounts can add something special and unexpected to recipes and when used in larger amount impart a wonderfully rich, nutty, and bold flavor.

It is a classic flavoring component in many French and Italian pastries. The primary component in natural almond oil is also found in the pit of stone fruits and many other nuts. Almond extract is absolutely beautiful in any dessert using stone fruits and other nuts such as peach cobblers, apricot and nectarine tarts, pistachio ice cream, and cherry pies. Adding ½ teaspoon into any dessert containing these fruits with enhance the flavor and elevate desserts to professional pastries. Almond extract is a key flavoring component to keep in your kitchen cupboard for its versatility and flavor power. Cook’s almond extract also will never expire nor will its flavor fade as it ages.

Margaret Kobel
Flavor Chemist, Cook Flavoring Company
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  • Almond Allergic Person says:

    THIS ARTICLE IS ENTIRELY WRONG!!!! Oils from tree nuts ABSOLUTELY DO CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS! Please take down this misinformation and prevent bakers from accidentally killing someone!!! Please visit and educate yourself before posting dangerously false information.

    • Margaret Kobel says:

      Hello ALmond Allergic Person, Thank you for your comment. It is, however, incorrect. As mentioned in this article, the natural oil of bitter almond, known as Benzaldehyde, is entirely safe for those with tree nut allergies to consume. It is not the sweet oil of almond, or almond oil, which still contains the proteins responsible for allergic reactions. Natural Oil of Bitter Almond is distilled from the pits of peaches, apricots, cherries, and other stone fruits. It is not distilled from almonds or any other tree nuts.

      The FDA strictly controls all food allergens. At Cook Flavoring Company, we go through rigorous yearly food safety audits to ensure that our products are safe to consume and that we comply with all food labeling laws. It is simply not possible in today’s climate (in the USA) to supply improperly labeled foods. Were we to do so, our company would face serious legal consequences.

      Additionally, we are seriously concerned with the safety and satisfaction of all our customers. It would go against our ethical code of conduct to supply misleading or incorrect information, especially in life-and-death situations.,and%20fruit%20have%20cosmetic%20differences.

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