What is Vanillin?

Vanillin which is also sometimes called methyl vanillin, or 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde is a primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean. [1]

Natural Vanillin 

Natural vanillin is extracted from the seed pods of Vanilla planifolia, a vining orchid native to Mexico, but now grown in tropical areas around the globe. Madagascar is presently the largest producer of natural vanillin. [1]

Synthetic Vanillin

Vanillin is rarely found in it's natural form in food products because the synthetic form of vanillin is cheaper to produce. Used as a flavoring agent in foods, beverages, and pharmaceuticals. Artificial vanilla flavoring is a solution of pure vanillin, usually of synthetic origin. [1]

What is Ethyl Vanillin?

Ethyl Vanillin is  an artificial food additive with the same flavor as vanillin but with the distinctive difference of being 2 - 3 times as potent as regular vanillin. [2]