Vanilla Bean Sampler Pack and Glass Jar Giveaway

I am a serious vanilla fanatic and these vanilla beans from Beanilla are simply the best I’ve ever used.

High quality, fresh, soft, supple, fragrant, and perfect for any of my vanilla bean needs.

I used Beanilla vanilla beans when I made Homemade Vanilla Extract

One lucky winner will win a generous sampler back from Beanilla which includes the following:

5 Madagascar Vanilla Beans – Madagascar Vanilla Beans are superior, with flavor and aromatic qualities that make these beans the most popular and sought after vanilla variety. The flavor is a rich, dark and creamy with an overwhelming sweet, buttery aroma. These are well suited for many baking recipes, drinks and desserts. Many consider Madagascar Vanilla Beans to be the best in the world.

5 Bourbon Vanilla Beans – Bourbon vanilla from Papua New Guinea (PNG) comes from the fruit of an orchid variety called Vanilla Planifolia and is rich in the natural organic compound called vanillin. Bourbon beans have a creamy, sweet, smooth and mellow flavor. Bourbon vanilla has a traditional flavor and is a popular type of vanilla. Use Bourbon vanilla for applications that require a traditional vanilla flavor.

5 Tahitian (Papua New Guinea) Vanilla Beans – Tahitian vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea (PNG) are generally shorter, plumper, and contain a much higher oil and water content than Bourbon beans. The aroma is flowery, fruity and anisic with a smooth flavor. They are often described as smelling like licorice, cherries, or wine. Gourmet pastry chefs love to work with the Tahitian (Tahitensis) variety, which are perfect for many applications.

Also included in the giveaway is this 8.5-ounce Clear Glass Bottle with Swingtop – The perfect solution for all of your vanilla infusions. Add 5 vanilla beans, 1 cup (8 ounces) vodka (or bourbon, rum, or brandy), seal, shake, and wait a few months – that’s it.

I used the swingtop bottle when making vanilla extract. It’s the perfect fit for 5 beans and 1 cup alcohol.

I love vanilla extract and tend to use at least double what most recipes call for.

My food tastes wonderful but all that heavy-handed vanilla pouring isn’t great for my wallet.

Once you start making your own, you’ll never want storebought again. It saves money, it’s more flavorful, and you can keep the vanilla extract-brewing cycle going by simply topping off the jar with additional vodka, or infusion liquid of choice, as you use your homemade vanilla and from time to time swap out the old beans for new to keep the extract flavorful.

Homemade vanilla extract also makes for a thoughtful gift that everyone uses, that costs you very little in terms of money on an ounce-for-ounce, gift-for-gift basis, and is virtually effortless on your part. Sounds like my kind of gift.

Some of my favorite recipes using vanilla extract include:

Puffy Vanilla and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – These puffy, easy, cookies are intensely vanilla-flavored, just the way I like things

Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze – Vanilla is used twice, both in the donuts and in the glaze, and if you’ve never made donuts before they’re extremely easy and fast. The batter can be baked as muffins rather than donuts if you don’t have a donut pan

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze – I used vanilla four ways, yes four, in this bread. I love it. No mixer is required, just one bowl, and it’s my favorite banana bread recipe of all time. It’s the jumping off recipe for all other banana-based bread and cake recipes I make

Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation) – I use vanilla twice when making these gooey, rich, easy bars. Full of caramel, chocolate, chewy oats, and vanilla. Keep the napkins handy

Homemade Peanut Butter (vegan, GF) – I add a heavy-handed stream of vanilla extract to my homemade peanut butter, which takes just 5 minutes to make. Homemade peanut butter, like vanilla, is another thing that once you start making it on your own, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing this your whole life because it’s so easy and ridiculously good

Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze – This is my favorite frosting of all time. It’s caramely, rich, and has an incredible depth of flavor and vanilla plays a starring role in it. The cake is good, but the vanilla-caramel glaze is heavenly

Comment below to enter to win this Beanilla Vanilla Bean Sampler Pack and Glass Jar Giveaway:

1. What’s your favorite way to use vanilla? (recipe links welcome and encouraged)


How would you first use the vanilla beans? (recipe links welcome and encouraged)

2. For a second entry, Twitter Follow @AverieCooks and and then tweet the following:

Win a Vanilla Beans Sampler Pack & Glass Jar in the @AverieCooks @Beanilla Giveaway

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Contest ends Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and winner will be chosen randomly. Open to continental U.S. residents only.

Reminder to enter the Pure Vanilla Cookbook Giveaway, open until 11/6


  1. My favorite way to use vanilla is for vanilla sugar cookies. They’re classic, and vanilla is the star.

  2. I want to try to make my own vanilla extract, when the weather starts to cool my stove starts humming , I only use the pure vanilla and it does get expensive but totally worth it ,would luv to win this giftpack

  3. I really want to try making my own vanilla extract.

  4. I have what appears to be the perfect Vanilla Scone recipe, which calls for vanilla beans. I can’t find vanilla beans in my town, so I would love to try this recipe if I win. Thanks!

  5. One of my favorite ways to use vanilla is really what to do with the vanilla bean pod after you’ve scraped it of the seeds. Pop it in your sugar canister and get vanilla sugar! So yummy in coffee.

  6. I follow you on pinterest and have re-pinned several things.

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  9. I would use the vanilla beans to make vanilla extract, and give it as a gift to my friends and family who love to bake!

  10. Yay for vanilla beans! I have a bumper crop of pineapple guavas and have been thinking of making a jam with them plus ginger and vanilla–perfect! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  11. I think my favorite use of vanilla is simple chocolate chip cookies. However, I recently made some gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and used more vanilla than usual and they were delicious! Not sure I can imagine chocolate chip cookies without vanilla!

  12. Just started my own Pinterest page. Very excited to know you are there and so I’m going to find you there now! Your vegan and mostly raw dessert recipes are so out of this world. Dessert is my favorite!

  13. I love vanilla in my oatmeal :)

  14. I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway. @mstephens66

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  17. Vanilla beans and glass jars… A marriage made in heaven!

  18. I want to try making homemade vanilla extract with bourbon; I read that it makes for a unique flavor that I would love to try!!

  19. I like you on FB – Blessie Nelson

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  23. I follow Vanilla Beans on Twitter – @Bless_Eliz

  24. I follow beanilla on FB – Blessie Nelson

  25. My favorite way to use vanilla is in french toast

  26. my favorite way to use vanilla is in icing!

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  29. My favorite way to use vanilla is in ice cream. There is nothing like homemade ice cream with vanilla flecks in it on top of a slice of hot apple pie or a fruit galette.

  30. I subscribe via email.

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  33. I love adding good vanilla to my French Toast. I add it to the egg mixture and it gives such a sweet, warm flavor to the toast. I also have been known to use pure vanilla as a perfume. I stick a cottonball in my bra and keep it there all day….Yummy fragrance coming from my shirt!

  34. i’d do something that makes vanilla the star… a simple vanilla cupcake perhaps? :)

  35. I would first use the vanilla beans to make homemade vanilla ice cream!

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  39. ah, again with the favorite way to use vanilla! well, same as the post on your Pure Vanilla cookbook giveaway – strawberry vanilla jam! here’s a link, which I neglected to provide previously:

  40. I like Averie Cooks on Facebook!

  41. I like Beanilla on Facebook! I hope they frequently post recipes. there are Facebook pages for EVERYTHING these days, aren’t there :P

  42. I subscribe to your blog through emails. one of my favorites to read on a daily basis! :)

  43. I follow you on Pinterest, often re-pinning and pinning all your recipes!

  44. i have used fresh vanilla beans before in a pancake/waffle recipe.yum! i like to make a non-alcoholic extract with it and make a paste for other recipes. thanks

  45. My favorite way to use vanilla is in vanilla cupcakes! I always add an overflowing tsp to my baked goods when it’s called for. Mexican vanilla is even better.

  46. I like using it in simple ways, like in cupcake batter or in granola

  47. I follow you on instagram: azulskies

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