by Amanda Banks on Jul 7, 2014
These beans had a very distinct earthy fig scent. Quite different than the other two beans I purchased - the Ugandan and Tahitian varieties. Excited to compare the different extracts I'm making with all the beans!
Tonga Vanilla Beans
by Linda R Schmidt on Jun 26, 2014
Just like last year, when ordered the "top of the line" Madagascar, Mexican, Tahitian, Tongan and Urgandian beans from your company:
-They all arrived in about four business days, "juicy" fresh in vacuum sealed bag.
-Very large beans!
-No S&H charges, even though ordered just ten beans.
Additionally, last year I called Beanilla, to ask about all the beans they offer. The rep. was so very helpful and informative! Ended up ordering the (above) five beans to make more than enough for home made Vanilla Extract for 2013 and this year, 2014, ( just needed 10 more Tonga beans.).
If you'd like to read more, let me share with you, what I learned from vanilla making in 2013...after visiting many on line helpful sites...comments/suggestions from Beanilla customers :
*Do use Glass! 80 proof 750 ml Smirnoff Vodka (bought on sale...6 bottles gives an extra 10% discount at CVS in Las Vegas...cashier...wondered if she thought I was an alcoholic).
Pour off/save about 1/4 th cup into a very clean container
20/22... same beans...for each 750 ml glass bottle Smirnoff Vodka.
-Cut, length wise (kitchen sissors makes it So easy to do) each bean.
-Put the 20/22 beans in Smirnoff glass bottle. Cap tightly. Shake for 1/2 minutes. Open cap and pour in as much remaining Smirnoff as bottle will hold...with a 1/4th space. Tightly put cap back on! Shake for one minute.
Label each bottle with type of bean and date. Put in cool, out of direct sun. (I keep mine on kitchen counter where no sun can reach bottles. A/C goes almost full time here in Vegas from May?-->Sept./Oct. each year.
EVERY week for 2/4 months, shake each bottle! Last year's beans in Vodka for 2 months. This year going to do for 4 months.
Strain out,, via a mesh strainer the beans...into a bowl. Strain extract, again, through a coffee filter to eliminate the seeds. (Some people might like vanilla with the seeds for ice cream/other deserts.
Now, the fun begins after 2/4 months of "nursing"/caring for your home made Outstandingly better than any you can buy on line :
**Buy/have on hand your amber washed and totally dried bottles and lids (Do my bottles in dishwasher...hand wash lids... 1/2..1 oz.. 1 1/2 oz.. 2/3 oz bottles:
Put each bottle into a small salad bowl?...to capture any over spill...save for next bottle to fill. With a little funnel, (just big enough to fit into top of each bottle), use a tiny ladle or 1/8 th cup, etc. to s-l-o-w-l-y fill each bottle...to 1/8 inch from top of each lid. Wipe top of each bottle and tightly screw on each lid. Keep in cabinet/anywhere that's out of sun.
Your home made vanilla will make a little fine gift(s) for family, friends, any event needing a sharing gift from your "heart".
Also purchased from them the shrink thingies to seal lids....like you would buy vanilla at store/on line. Slip top of one super thin thingie over bottle neck/seat it. With hair dryer on "High", blow across lid and thingie until thingie has sealed lid.
Labels for each kind of vanilla:
Found Vista Print, an online site, to design and make your own little self sticky labels:
Curved over top of each round label..."Homemade Vanilla". Curved around bottom of each label was my name.
Enough room in center of each label to hand write the kind of vanilla you've bottled.
Anyone, who reads this, rest assured that I am Not promoting any suggested sites I've used for amber round bottles, lids and shrink wrap thingies...nor site used for home made labels.
Good assortment of quality beans
by Robert Conley on Apr 24, 2014
Thank you. I will be back for more.
by Cecilia Wong on Apr 24, 2014
The beans are packaged in sealed plastic bag, and are in very good quality. I have them international shipped to Hong Kong and they arrived within a week!
Recommended purveyor of beans
by Robert Conley on Apr 22, 2014
If you want a large selection of high quality vanilla beans at a fair price and excellent customer service, then look no further. This is the place. Thank you!
by Eugene Ditter on Apr 20, 2014
I am very pleased with the quality of the beans and the excellent service of all the beans I ordered.
Vanilla extract beginner
by Adrean Kapeliela on Mar 31, 2014
I have limited experience with vanilla beans of any variety. I have purchased the grade B Madagascar beans before for making vanilla extract and wanted to try another variety. While the Tongan beans were slightly more plump, I don't think the quality has made a difference when making vanilla extract. The taste difference is yet to be determined since my Tongan vanilla beans are not done steeping. I am pleased with my order experience with Beanilla and will continue to order from them in the future to enjoy new vanilla flavor experiments. I could wish for more grade B options in more varieties, to cut on cost for simply making vanilla extract- Just a suggestion. I rated the packaging as a four because when I cut open the mailing envelope I also ended up cutting through the vacuum package- The reason for this was not due to my lack of carefulness (I cut very close to the edge) but as a result of how close the vacuum sealed package edge was cut by the packager... this small edge was caught in the sticky part of the mailing envelope and because there was so little sealed area the package was no longer air tight. It wasn't a huge deal, but I hadn't anticipated starting my vanilla so soon and was required to do so since it was cut open.
by Jennifer Harrison on Mar 21, 2014
Wonderful, soft beans. Slender and juicy. I started a batch in some light Cruzon rum. The aroma builds with each week.
by Karol Tymecki on Mar 17, 2014
Working with different beans in making vanilla extract.
by patricia blanco on Mar 7, 2014
Delicious beans and good price. Thanks.
by LaCressa Clardy on Mar 1, 2014
These were my favorite over the Mexican, tahitian and Madagascar. If they were cheaper I would have ordered a bunch. Tons of seeds, more than the Madagascar. The perfect flavor balance, a mix of all the bean flavors in one. Such a yummy bean!
by Chantel Lamb on Feb 2, 2014
I placed quite a large order so I could taste and see the difference. These were amazing. Great in every way.
by Cindy Workman on Jan 10, 2014
Fast shipping. Well packaged. Nice looking vanilla beans. Made a great Vanilla extract for cooking! Also used in my homemade soaps, lotions and lip balms.
by Rachel Reitano on Dec 22, 2013
Delicious and aromatic.
by Henry T Nicholson on Dec 1, 2013
good price great product
by katelin bankes on Nov 21, 2013
good price great product, arrived quickly smelled really fresh. i am making vanilla extract for Christmas with it so i didn't get to try it yet but i am looking forward to using it.
My first order of Tonga Vanilla beans
by Jan Wagner on Nov 5, 2013
Beans arrived as scheduled. Making my very first batch of Tonga Vanilla. Cut the flavor profile off the lable and taped it to the bottle so I knoe which bottle is which vanilla.
by Christina Troxell on Nov 4, 2013
Love the beans
by Vivian Barton on Oct 28, 2013
by Lisa Lorea on Oct 14, 2013
Fast delivery and high quality, plus an opportunity to try a more exotic vanilla bean.
my kitchen smells yummy
by Jill Appenzeller on Oct 10, 2013
very aromatic, moist, I want to eat them out of the package. Makes great vanilla extract (use their recipe!)
tonga vanilla beans
by Karen Zondo on Oct 8, 2013
I am delighted I found your sight. I look forward to purchasing more beans and other products asap. the tongan beans were so plump and soft. I recommend to anyone not sure.....don't go to the local grocery and waste your money!
by Nancy Cannoy on Oct 8, 2013
The beans were plump and fresh.
High Quality Vanilla Beans
by Rene' Moseley on Oct 3, 2013
I was very impressed with how quickly my shipment arrived and the packaging and labeling. The beans are moist and of excellent quality. I will purchase from Beanilla again and highly recommend the company. I couldn't be happier!!
Tonga Vanilla Beans
by Mary Brewer on Sep 29, 2013
Excellent! Flavored my vanilla extract so nicely and I've used the vanilla bean in Bread pudding. YUM!
by Nicolette Barnes on Sep 26, 2013
I received my order in 2 weeks of placement. This is typical for my online orders, so I was happy with speed of delivery. All items were received in perfect condition. The beans smell wonderful, and a currently brewing in alcohol. I am very satisfied with my purchase and will come back to Beanilla for future orders!
by Lena Berchielli on Sep 25, 2013
Very nice! Prompt shipping too.
by Steve DiAnnie on Aug 31, 2013
Every Bean is in great condition and well packed they are fresh and I never have to worry about getting a bad bean!
leads the pack
by julie on Aug 31, 2013
Made vanilla extract with each bean in the sample pack and had a taste off. Tonga was the clear winner. Bought a half pound and shared with all my friends. Everyone says wow.
Made the Raspberry Jam
by LuAnn Smith on Aug 28, 2013
Bought a Tonga bean to make the raspberry grand marnier jam that was featured on here. Bean was very moist and I'm looking forward to trying the jam on some scones.
Among the best
by Christopher McCue on Aug 24, 2013
Ordered the Madagascar, Indian, Ugandan and Tongan beans, these and the Ugandan were the best of the bunch. Plump, succulent and flexible beans with slightly oily caviar and incredibly rich aroma.
by Mona Kornegay on Aug 22, 2013
The Tonga bean is my second favorite, just behind the Tahitian.
by Gregg Boore on Jul 7, 2013
I thought these would be as good as Tahitian. They are good but not really Tahitian quality or taste.
by Joseph Bahnam on Jun 20, 2013
Very fresh bean but did not have much texture.
I haven't had a chance to try them in baking yet, but they look good and smell great.
by Wendy Boyes on Apr 23, 2013
Haven't tried these particular beans out in any baking/cooking yet, but they look and smell amazing. They arrived promptly and in great condition. Thanks for the affordable shipping rate to Canada.
is a bit pricey for one bean that is not organic
by shirl leonhardt on Apr 5, 2013
is a bit pricey for one bean that is not organic - need some organic Tonga beans
Tonga vanilla beans
by Susan Steadle-Phillips on Mar 29, 2013
Wonderful beans, wonderful flavored extract. I think this is my favorite - and I made a lot because I use a lot.
by Alexander R LeBlanc on Mar 6, 2013
These beans were beautiful and flavorful, I don't mind the premium price, because it's worth every penny
by adam pfeffer on Feb 25, 2013
great beans good
by gerald thompson on Feb 14, 2013
havent used the beans yet
by Sandra Motiwalla on Jan 7, 2013
It's my second time buying from Beanilla.com fast shipping.no problem at all. I like the company a lot. First time, I bought themadagascar vanilla beans which I liked it very much. This tome I chose to give a try Tonka beans and I found very interesting. I'm a huge fan and user of vanilla beans since I don't use processed sugar. Plus the amazing health benefits. Great quality.
by sadie benson on Dec 28, 2012
We started making vanilla with these beans 2 days ago. I guess we can't really judge quality of taste until that's done in a couple of months, but the beans smelled amazing!! They were good sized beans in great packaging. Arrived very quickly even though it was a kind of last minute holiday time order.
by KEVIN KELLY on Dec 10, 2012
As advertised. Fast USPS shipping.
So quick & easy
by Jan Tucknott on Oct 29, 2012
I love being able to quickly get on line and purchase the vanilla I need and have it arrive in no time at all.
You will LOVE them!!
by Cindy E. Lawson on Oct 17, 2012
I am so pleased with my order, this is the second order I have placed and the price and quality are unmatched. My first order I split and sent some to my mother, we both are making homemade vanilla extract for Christmas gifts. I know my family is going to love to get there own cute latch top bottle with a few beans and homemake vanilla extract!!! Yum! Thankyou Beanilla, I will definately be ordering more.
by Mike Blocker on Sep 17, 2012
by Sunny Miller-O'Connor on Sep 17, 2012
Very different bean with a woodsy, chocolatey aroma. Absolutely divine in my dense flourless chocolate cake!!! I didn't believe this dessert could get any better!
Great Beanilla Quality
by Alexandra Garcia on Aug 13, 2012
Very nice quality, plump and fresh.
by Bud LaMonica on Aug 6, 2012
These beans are huge and juicy. It adds a variety to common vanilla available.
Good value for the price
by Debra Doyle on Jun 28, 2012
I wanted to make my own vanilla extract and purchased the 6 bean variety from Beanilla. This was my maiden voyage into making vanilla extract for sale. Your products are top of the line!