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.
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