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Vanillin

Chemical Formula:

Synonyms

methyl vanillin,
3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde

Description

White to light yellow crystalline powder.

Uses

Vanillin (methyl vanillin) is used in flavorings, fragrances, pharmaceuticals, and perfumes. It is closely related to ethyl vanillin, a slightly larger molecule.

Because it does not have quite the same taste as the much more complex mixture of compounds found in natural vanilla extract, it is most often used with stronger flavors and scents, such as chocolate or spices like cloves, nutmeg, or cinnamon.


vanillin: InChI=1/C8H8O3/c1-11-8-4-6(5-9)2-3-7(8)10/h2-5,10H,1H3


ethyl vanillin: InChI=1/C9H10O3/c1-2-12-9-5-7(6-10)3-4-8(9)11/h3-6,11H,2H2,1H3


By Simon Quellen Field