|Headquarters||East Hanover, New Jersey, United States|
|Parent||Nabisco (Kraft Foods until 2012 Mondelēz International 2012-present )|
Nilla is a brand name owned by Nabisco that is most closely associated with its line of vanilla flavored, wafer-style cookies. The name is a shortened version of vanilla, the tropical type of flavor common to all Nilla-branded products. Nilla wafers have been flavored with synthetic vanillin since their introduction.
Nilla wafers are round, thin, light wafers that are sometimes consumed with milk as a snack. "Nilla wafer" may sometimes be used colloquially like a genericized trademark for similar, but unrelated products. The brand was registered in the United States in 1968, having been first used in late 1967.
Several varieties of Nilla wafers are manufactured, including a reduced fat version. Nilla wafers are often used in homemade recipes as an ingredient, particularly for banana cream pie or with banana pudding. A banana-flavored Nilla wafer was also offered at one time. The wafers are also used in icebox cake which is a no bake cake made by layering wafers with cream and pudding. Nabisco also offers Nilla-branded pie crusts designed to save time for cooks who would otherwise have to crush the wafers by hand. The pie crust brand was registered in 1993. Nabisco also sponsored the "B'Nilla Bowl" game in 2001.
The Guy Clark song "L.A. Freeway" contains the line "Throw away all your papers and that moldy box of Vanilla Wafers".
In Richard Wright's "Black Boy", he mentions Nilla Wafers several times and shares that they are his favorite food.
- Graham cracker, the more dense, whole grain American cracker, often sweetened
- Ladyfinger (biscuit), the European type of light cookie
- Also, Nilla is an Indian name, meaning moon. Nabisco. "Specimen (postmarked January 16, 1968, filed September 26, 2007)". USPTO. Retrieved 2009-09-15. "INGREDIENTS: Flour, sugar, shortening, whey solids, eggs, pure creamery butter, emulsifier, salt, leavening, vanillin and other artificial flavor."
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