Heilala Gourmet Vanilla Giveaway

Heilala Vanilla (pronounced “hey-la-la”) began as an aid project in 2002 by New Zealand dairy farmer John Ross to assist a village in one of the world’s most beautiful and remote places-Vava’u Islands in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Ross and his family fell in love with the Tongan people and environment and used their horticultural background and research facilities in Tauranga, New Zealand to establish a vanilla plantation. In 2005, Heilala Vanilla was born.

Heilala Vanilla is grown in organic virgin soil on coconut husk frames, hand pollinated and dried under the Pacific sun. It is then stored at optimum conditions to ensure the development of full flavor before heading to Tauranga, New Zealand where it is used to make a range of the most exquisite, premium vanilla products for specialty retail, chefs and gourmet food manufacturers.

 

“The richest grade of Vanilla in the Asia Pacific region calls for lots of tender love and care. The most perfect and natural growing environment meant that we were off to a good start. Add to this our organic growing principles and you get vanilla grown in organic virgin soil, on coconut husk frames, hand pollinated and dried under the Pacific Sun, then stored at optimum conditions to ensure full flavour develops.  This is what gives our 100% Pure Heilala Vanilla (of the Bourban variety) its distinctive aroma, shine and plumpness!”

 When I don’t make my own Homemade Vanilla Extract, I love using their vanilla.

 The products are available at stores including Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Willams-Sonoma, Chefshop and more.

The winner of this giveaway will win the following two items:

100 ml Heilala Vanilla Extract, $21.95 – This versatile 100% Pure Vanilla Extract is perfect for all your baking needs. Use one teaspoon in any recipe that calls for a teaspoon of vanilla essence or extract

100 ml Heilala Vanilla Award Winning Paste, $23.50 – After extensive trialling and research, Heilala Vanilla Paste is made by reintroducing Vanilla seeds to our Vanilla Extract and adding a natural seaweed thickener to produce a paste. The paste is a fantastic alternative to using a pod as it is convenient and economical in any recipe where you want to add a gourmet touch by showcasing the seeds alongside the full vanilla flavour. One teaspoon equals one vanilla bean. This 100ml jar is equivalent to approximately 20 vanilla beans!

 I am a huge vanilla fan, always use extra, and some of my favorite vanilla-based recipes follow:

Homemade Vanilla Extract – Making your own vanilla saves money, is mindlessly easy, and you can keep the vanilla extract-brewing cycle going by topping off your brewing jar as vanilla is used, and from time to time swapping out the old beans for new to keep the extract flavorful. The used beans can be placed in a container of sugar for DIY Vanilla Sugar.

Homemade Vanilla Extract 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. My kind of gift.

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze – All the flavor of cinnamon rolls, with none of the work or downtime waiting for dough to rise. The cake is ready from start to finish in an hour, no mixer required. Vanilla is used twice, both in the batter and in the icing. Plenty of streusel topping, robust cinnamon flavor, and a favorite coffee cake

Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookies – A new favorite cookie that’s soft, chewy, and combines my love of sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, and vanilla all in one easy small-batch recipe

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

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

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze – I used vanilla four ways, yes four, in this bread. 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

Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting – Like snickerdoodle cookies, in bar form, and so much faster and easier. Use white, red, or green frosting and let the sprinkles fly around the time of year. Vanilla is used both in the soft and chewy bars and in the tangy and sweet frosting

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

No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Truffles – Vanilla cake batter and vanilla extract are used in these rich and easy truffles, perfect this time of year to make and set out on holiday platters or give as gifts

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

Using Rafflecopter, enter to win a bottle of vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste, making sure to leave a blog comment in response to the first question.

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152 Responses to “Heilala Gourmet Vanilla Giveaway”

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    Jasmine — December 15, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Vanilla extract is a staple at my home during the holidays.

    Every year, I bake a few batches of different desserts and create cookie/dessert boxes for my friends! I love doing it because the kitchen is my favorite place to be, and I love sharing my talents with all those who love me and love it too :)

    With all of my desserts, I find it that I use vanilla extract in almost every single recipe! Unfortunately, I have never tasted my share of a homemade vanilla extract recipe but I could only imagine how delicious it is!

    I plan on making my presents with : vegan oatmeal raisin and cranberry cookies, vegan biscoff cookiebutter cookies, chocolate hazelnut cookies, salted chocolate almond brittle, peanut butter toffee, gingerbread men, sugar cookies, spiced cocoa bars and klecha (an Iraqui dessert).

    I need vanilla for practically all of these recipes, and having wih a high quality brand for my special gifts will make them even more special to me this year :)

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    The Ninja Baker — December 15, 2012 at 12:33 am

    When do I not use vanilla is the more apt question for this Ninja Baker. Cookies, cakes, pies and quick breads all require vanilla. And as we all know the higher quality of ingredient (doused with a little love) produces the best desserts and baked goods in the world.

    Here’s a link to my Gluten-Free Mini Matcha Santas.
    http://ninjabaking.com/news/gluten-free-mini-matcha-santas-sundaysupper-holidaycookieexchange

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — December 15, 2012 at 12:44 am

    Ooo, I have to get my hands on that vanilla bean paste it sounds amazing! I pretty much sneak vanilla into everything I can but I’m thinking it would be great in caramel.

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    Herbivore Triathlete — December 15, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I love vanilla in all forms, this looks fabulous!

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    • Herbivore Triathlete replied: — December 15th, 2012 at 2:42 am

      Oops, forgot to say, I add vanilla to my pancake batter. Yummy!

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    Chef Amber Shea — December 15, 2012 at 2:39 am

    I love how you’ve become a blogosphere-wide vanilla maven :)
    Favorite way to use vanilla? How to choose? That almost doesn’t compute for me. Cakes, cookies, brownies, ice cream, smoothies…

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    Christine — December 15, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I like to add it to coffee!

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    Ela — December 15, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Ohhh dear, i love vanilla. I put it in everywhere. Coffee, cakes, cookies, even in a spicy chili-vanilla-coconut sauce for smoked tofu.
    I’m in for the give-away ;)

    Cheers!

    Ela

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    Kesha — December 15, 2012 at 4:26 am

    I love to use vanilla in all of my baked goodies and a dash in my coffee oh and in snow cream!

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    Paula — December 15, 2012 at 4:39 am

    I love vanilla in coffee, nearly all baked goods, and banana soft serve!

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    Nicole — December 15, 2012 at 5:00 am

    This would be perfect for the numerous batches of chocolate chip cookies every year!

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    Sue — December 15, 2012 at 5:23 am

    I love to put vanilla in almost everything I bake!

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    Lia Simpson — December 15, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I use vanilla in fluffy homemade marshmallows. It’s the main ingredient that creates the flavor that everyone loves.

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine — December 15, 2012 at 5:53 am

    I use vanilla in basically everything I bake! I always try to double the quantity as well in recipes! Although it might be boring, my favorite way to use vanilla is in chocolate chip cookies. They always hit the sweet spot :)

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    marla — December 15, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Oooooo, I have never seen this vanilla before ~ beautiful packaging too!

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    karen — December 15, 2012 at 6:37 am

    My favorite way to use vanilla is in vanilla cupcakes. When I make a vanilla cupcakes, I love the smell, texture and taste. It makes all my senses happy. I have never used vanilla paste or even a vanilla bean before but I would love to make a vanilla frosting recipe with it. I might find a new love!

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    Sue — December 15, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Cheesecake will be my next use – as in I’m bringing the cheesecake to Christmas.

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    Pam Lyon — December 15, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Marshmallows! It’s one place you can tell quickly if someone used a crappy vanilla!

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    Laura Dembowski — December 15, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I love vanilla. I’ve never heard of this brand, but it sounds amazing and I would love to try it (even if I don’t win).

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    Sara — December 15, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I just used vanilla to make some delicious Ina Garten oatmeal raisen pecan cookies. I read your blog often and you had mentioned the difference between brown and white sugar in cookies. With that in mind I used a 3:1 ratio of brown to white sugar (instead of 2:2) and they turned out amazing! I can’t even imagine how much better cookies would be with this vanilla!

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    J A McClellan — December 15, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Chocolate Chip Cookies of coarse!

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    Mary — December 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I love vanilla in (almost) everything! Last night, I taught a cookie class and we used it in gingerbread cookies, sugar shape cookies, and double chocolate sandwich cookies. Yum! This morning, I had a splash in my rooibus chai tea.

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — December 15, 2012 at 8:31 am

    My favorite way to use vanilla is in my vanilla buttercream, which can then be used in almost recipe!

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    Leta — December 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I love extra vanilla extract in my chocolate chip cookies.

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    Sarah Lynne — December 15, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I love adding vanilla extract to frozen banana smoothies!

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    Liz — December 15, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I would use it in oatmeal–love cinnamon vanilla oatmeal!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Fave way to use vanilla? In baking of course! I mean, I use it for everything . . from the actually cookies, cake, whatever . . to the frosting! Would love to win this!

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    Emily — December 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

    I use vanilla in everything–it just adds depth. I love using it to bring out flavors in cookies!

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — December 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I love using vanilla in everything. From cookies to oatmeal, vanilla just adds that warm touch of perfection.

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    Desiree @ Wee Share — December 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

    well… I just got the book Pure Vanilla and it is amazing. I would love to use this to make more of the recipes in the book.

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    Rosalie — December 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I would use the vanilla paste for ice cream :) I love making vanilla bean ice cream, but [I’m lazy and] find scraping the vanilla beans a little annoying. I’d love to see how the paste works.
    Also: homemade waffles. Heavenly with a bit of vanilla in them.

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    Mija — December 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Vanilla adds warmth to the holiday season and can be used in almost everything!! Its one of my not so secret ingredients I love to use! HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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    Weronika M. Lo — December 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Vanilla extract is indispensable in my staple Christmas cookies recipe that was passed down in my European family . It is one of a kind blend and I couldn’t imagine Christmas without it.

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    Veronica — December 15, 2012 at 10:40 am

    YUM! i love vanilla flavored anything! :)

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    Megan — December 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Vanilla coffee!

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    Marina@Picnic at Marina — December 15, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I am a huge vanilla fan too, love it! It adds such a wonderful flavor to a drink, a cake, or any other dessert. What I am going to make? A dessert for the holidays, it’s a cake, and I’ll use vanilla in it’s filling. It is going to be super delicious! :)

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    Carolyn — December 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Good vanilla makes THE difference in any baked goods. I make peanut brittle and the vanilla makes it wonderful.

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    Emily J — December 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I like vanilla in chocolate chip cookies.

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    Nikki — December 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I LOVE vanilla, especially ice cream!

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    Eliza M. — December 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I use a lot of vanilla when making vegan caramel, so I can’t imagine how good this extract would make it taste.

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    Vicki — December 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Definitely creme brulee!

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    Barb — December 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I use only pure vanilla extract in all my baking recipes. My favorite spice. The better the quality, the better result. Would love to try this vanilla.

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    Stacey B. — December 15, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I use vanilla in almost everything I bake. Especially love to use vanilla when making chocolate chip cookies.

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    Sara — December 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I would love to use this vanilla in basic chocolate chip cookies just to taste the difference.

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    Sabrina — December 15, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    in all sorts of baked goods! especially cookies :)

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    meredith — December 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    I use vanilla in everything I bake, but I would probably use this to make some vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream!

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    angela @ anotherbiteplease — December 15, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    vanilla :-) and when you post all your recipes to make with it it reminds me of things to add to my must make and eat list!

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    Yoo Jin — December 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I can’t remember the last time i baked without vanilla, but sometimes i like to put a drop or two in my coffeee :) It is divine.

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    Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — December 15, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    i LOVE vanilla…i literally use it every day at lunch in my Carrot Dessert Pudding…sounds weird but it is soooo good!

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    maureen — December 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I bake bake bake and especially at this time of the year. It would go into my baking. In a zucchini bread I make I use 5 tbsp of vanilla.

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    maria — December 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    i can’t bake my favorite sweet rolls without vanilla.

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