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

518 comments on “Vanilla Bean Sampler Pack and Glass Jar Giveaway”

  1. Homemade vanilla bean ice cream may be my gavorite way to enjoy vanilla but I also adored what vanilla bean did for this chocolate cake:

  2. I also love to make my own vanilla, unortunately I’m nearly out :(
    I love making a variation of Chocolate Covered Katie’s sugar-free cookie dough dip with my vanilla…..mmmmmmmmmmm…..

  3. I Facebook like you!

  4. I love vanilla extract in my cocoa! Just a tiny dash but so good

  5. I make organic oatmeal every morning – or any time of day – with extra vanilla, cinnamon, maca powder, a little coconut oil, a dash of Himalayan sea salt, a few pecans, almonds or walnuts, some fresh or frozen berries, and stevia for healthy sweetness. Vanilla is the most important part after the oats!

  6. I have never used fresh Vanilla Beans before, this looks so fun and exciting to try, I am so glad I ran across your site! I would say that first off I would start by making the Vanilla Extract you have above. I would also try using the vanilla beans in my jams. I have lots of berries left over from this summer and havn’t started Jamming yet, so I think Berry jams with Vanilla beans would be awesome!

  7. I Facebook-liked Beanilla, too! Thanks for introducing me to them through your blog!

  8. Vanilla seems to be used in the same old amounts in the same old recipes with little variety and in quantities too small for the true vanilla-lover. I’m glad to find a similarly-minded vanilla activist who believes in doubling the amounts. I want to put it in everything!

  9. I would use the vanilla beans for homemade extract. I’ve never made it before and I know it would make the beans use worthwhile.

  10. I re-pinned something you made, the Blueberry Yogurt Cake with Lemon Vanilla Glaze.

  11. I really enjoy vanilla in my oatmeal or overnight oats. :)

  12. I love using vanilla beans! Hard to pick just one thing, but I really love the taste of a good vanilla buttercream with a vanilla pod scraped in it.

  13. i already liked you on Facebook!

  14. Almost daily, I put a dash of vanilla extract in my oatbran! This is a fun giveaway–thanks!

  15. I follow you on Pinterest and have pinned one of your recipes!

  16. I would use these beans to make home made vanilla bean ice cream. I love the little seeds that go through the ice cream and as you say act as ‘flavor bombs’. Vanilla ice cream is such a classic pairing with so many foods especially baked apple this time of year. I use a recipe that’s grandmother passed down and therefore don’t have a link, but goodness is it delicious and full of vanilla!

  17. I think quality vanilla can really make a baked good GREAT! I use it regularly in cookies!

  18. I have never used vanilla beans before but I would love to try them in ice cream and vanilla bean scones!

  19. Vanilla snickerdoodles!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I Facebook like Averie Cooks.

  21. I may be a vanilla addict. I use it in my tea, smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt and of course baking!

  22. I love to use vanilla in almost everything I bake…love the smell of it.

  23. I follow you on pintrest and have reprinted several of your recipes.

  24. I get emails from you.

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