Once again, we face the same dilemma, there is no animal by-product but the vanilla extract contains 35% ethyl alcohol, which  is said to be evaporated due to baking or freezing process, according to the email.

Well scientifically, alcohol does evaporate upon heating or freezing but there is no study or any statement by ulama that says” it is considered Halal to eat the cooked food which contains alcohol, because once the food is cooked the alcohol is not there anymore”.  If anyone is aware of such fatwa, please share it here.

Even if there was, what would be the limit of usage?

Could we simply pour the alcohol in a pan of  steak for the flavor sake and eat it because it evaporates?

Or does it make any difference when the food contains single tiny drop of alcohol or a cup full? After all, a drop or a full bottle, it does evaporate, doesn’t it?

But what if there is some of it left? Even a tiny bit!

Shall we take the risk? Shall we make assumptions and drive conclusion just for an ice cream?

This is the email received from Blue Bunny, I would like to thank them for being kind and considerate to provide an answer, which does answers our questions. Unlike many other companies!


Thank you for contacting BLUE BUNNY Consumer Response.  We truly appreciate hearing from our valued customers.

In response to your questions, our ice cream products do not contain any animal by-products. According to the FDA, all vanilla extract must contain a percentage of ethyl alcohol. However, through the freezing process the alcohol evaporates, thus the finished product does not contain alcohol.

If I can be of further assistance to you, please feel free to contact me.

Consumer Response Representative

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