A peppermint flavoring, used in baked goods and other desserts, which is made from the essential oils of fresh peppermint leaves. The oil is extracted from the leaves and then dissolved in an alcohol base to create the extract. Extracts may be labeled as pure, natural, imitation, or artificial. Pure and natural extracts are governed by laws in many countries that require compliance with procedures that take the extract ingredients directly from the named flavor, such as extracting oils directly from the vanilla bean to make pure or natural vanilla extract. Artificial or imitation extracts are flavors that do not necessarily use any ingredients directly from a source named for the extract but instead used combinations of ingredients to arrive at a flavor representative of the named food extract, such as imitation lemon extract.
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