Tonka beans give a fragrance that combines vanilla, coconut, clove and licorice simultaneously, a ingredient so good it should be '' illegal ''.
Tonka beans are used widely in French cuisine, popular with top patissiers for elaborate desserts, commonly paired with creams and custards.
Try grating quarter of a bean over scallops or use in savoury soufflés. Tonka beans also bring complex aromas to sweets such as panna cottas and ice creams – and can even be infused into spirits.
One of the most frequently used ingredients in luxury fragrances, and a sustainable alternative to relying on vanilla stocks, tonka is widely used. It features heavily in iconic fragrances with a fruity-candy aroma, such as Thierry Mugler’s ‘Angel’ and Le Mâle by Jean-Paul Gaultier.