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 comments on “Heilala Gourmet Vanilla Giveaway”

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. I love vanilla in all forms, this looks fabulous!

  5. 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…

  6. I like to add it to coffee!

  7. 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 ;)



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

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

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

  11. I love to put vanilla in almost everything I bake!

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

  13. 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 :)

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

  15. 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!

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

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

  18. 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).

  19. 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!

  20. Chocolate Chip Cookies of coarse!

  21. 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.

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

  23. I love extra vanilla extract in my chocolate chip cookies.

  24. I love adding vanilla extract to frozen banana smoothies!

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

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