December 9, 2011

Nielsen Massey Vanilla Giveaway (Winners Announced!)

Time’s up!

The winners of the Nielsen Massey Vanilla Giveaway are:

#361 Lindsay: “Plain, for sure.  No sense in ruining what is already delicious! :)

#601 Erin: “i just ran across your blog last weekend, and i am hooked!!! :)

#1086 Stacie M: “I would eat the vanilla ice cream on top of apple crisp or topped with chocolate, peanut butter and crushed up pretzels!!  YUM, wish I had some now  :)

Congratulations girls! I love all of your sweet smilies. I’ve sent ya’ll an email. Happy baking!

Oh guys, I’ve got such a fun giveaway to share with you today! Just look at all these fabulous pure vanilla products from Nielsen Massey. We’ve got three different kinds of vanilla extracts, vanilla bean paste, vanilla sugar, whole vanilla beans, exotic extracts to spice up your baking, and a cookbook filled with bakery and pastry recipes, along with new ideas for using vanilla as an essential ingredient in savory dishes. I got to go through the Neilsen Massey catalog of pure vanilla products and hand pick my favorites to share with you guys, and Nielsen Massey would like to offer this assortment to three (3) Kevin & Amanda readers today.

Nielsen Massey offers three different types of vanilla extracts processed from vanilla beans grown in three different regions across the globe. What a huge difference it made in my baking when I figured out which type of vanilla was best to use in which recipe! Here’s a quick description of the three vanillas, and how to best utilize them.

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla. The most popular, classic, all-purpose vanilla that is perfect for a wide range of foods from baked goods to barbeque sauces.

Mexican Pure Vanilla. A creamy, spicy vanilla that’s perfect for recipes that contain chocolate, cinnamon or other warm spices. A perfect vanilla for the holidays!

Tahitian Pure Vanilla. This is my favorite of all the vanillas. The flavor is so pure and sweet, and I can definitely tell a difference when I use this vanilla. This vanilla is susceptible to heat, so it’s only for recipes that will not be cooked. It’s perfect for ice creams, fruits, sorbets, frostings, and vanilla butter.


The Giveaway

Three (3) Kevin & Amanda readers will win the following products from Nielsen Massey.

2 oz Pure Almond Extract
2 oz Pure Chocolate Extract
2 oz Pure Coffee Extract
2 oz Pure Peppermint Extract
2 oz Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla
2 oz Mexican Pure Vanilla
2 oz Tahitian Pure Vanilla
Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar
2 Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
2 Tahitian Vanilla Beans
A Century of Flavors cookbook

To read more about how to get the most out of these products, visit the Nielsen Massey product information page. You can find Nielsen Massey vanillas at Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, and online at


How to Enter

To be entered to win the Nielsen Massey Vanilla Giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post:  Imagine you have a bowl of vanilla ice cream in front of you. Do you eat it plain or load it up with toppings? Me? I’d leave it plain but turn it into a milkshake! Yum! Kevin would add chocolate and peanut butter for sure.

Contest ends Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 8 pm CST. One entry per person, please. Winners will be chosen by and notified by email. Giveaway provided by Nielsen Massey.


Good luck!

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Stephanie December 9, 2011 at 2:15 am

I would put some cinnamon on it… but since I share with my boston Lucy, I usually leave it plain since the cinnamon makes her sneeze. Hehe.

erica December 9, 2011 at 2:16 am

i would be loading up the toppings! chocolate! oreos! strawberries!!! yum!

Melissa Sorrells December 9, 2011 at 2:19 am

Ok.. So I’m not a huge fan of plain vanilla ice cream but it does make a great rootbeer or coke float… OR I would definitely add some hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts and a couple of cherries! :-) Thanks for the great giveaway. Maybe this will be my very 1st win from a blog! Merry Christmas!

Diana Kaye December 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I would definitely have that root beer float!! Mouth is watering already!!!!

Jennifer McLaughlin December 9, 2011 at 2:22 am

Root beer!!!

Sierra A. December 9, 2011 at 2:44 am

I LOVE vanilla ice cream and I LOVE toppings—but I think you can definitely overload it. I’m content with some cookie dough chunks or some brownie bits and a little hot fudge! Yummy!!

October December 9, 2011 at 2:46 am

I’d totally add toppings, likely brownies and hot fudge. :)

Leslie Kiley December 9, 2011 at 2:46 am

I am a Vanilla Girl! Always make the choice for creamy pure vanilla taste so I would leave it pure and simply yummy!

Goat Girl December 9, 2011 at 2:50 am

I would have to put a homemade chocolate turtle brownie on top of it!

Shelly December 9, 2011 at 2:50 am

I would add hot fudge and whipped cream!

Carol Carratt December 9, 2011 at 2:53 am

Some chocolate and almond extract would be sooo yummy!

Katherine December 9, 2011 at 2:54 am

I have to side with Kevin on this one! I wouldn’t be able to resist adding the chocolate & peanut butter! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Lynn Alderman December 9, 2011 at 2:55 am

I’d add some strawberries and chocolate chips!!

Allison R. December 9, 2011 at 2:57 am

I’m a plain vanilla kind of gal!

Lara Hanson December 9, 2011 at 2:57 am

I would add chocolate syrup

Kelly December 9, 2011 at 3:04 am

I would put fudge topping with nuts and a cherry on top!

Loralei December 9, 2011 at 3:04 am

I’ve been loving caramel topping with vanilla ice cream lately…now for the willpower not to stop by the kitchen on the way to bed!

Leiah December 9, 2011 at 3:06 am

I would start out just enjoying the simpleness of the vanilla with a couple of bites but then I would definitely have to add some of my mawmaw’s chocolate gravy to it.

Larissa December 9, 2011 at 3:17 am

I would eat the ice-cream with chocolate! Or melted nutella on top….

love the giveaway!

Susan M. December 9, 2011 at 3:19 am

Caramel sauce, sliced banana, pineapple tidbits, and real whipped cream topping, with toasted pecans on top!

Ingrid December 9, 2011 at 3:19 am

I love toppings on my ice cream. Something with berries, or with a caramel flavor would be my choice.

Hannah December 9, 2011 at 3:19 am

I’d add some caramel!

Morgan December 9, 2011 at 3:22 am

Just a little dark, rich chocolate for me, thanks!

Staci December 9, 2011 at 3:37 am

No reason to mess up something that’s already perfect – eat it plain!

Kim December 9, 2011 at 3:38 am

OMB,that’s so cool!

Tamara December 9, 2011 at 3:41 am

I would add loads of chocolate syrup and sprinkles! Yum!

Dee December 9, 2011 at 3:51 am

Hot chocolate & whipped cream for me! Yummy!

Taylor December 9, 2011 at 3:55 am

I’d want carmel, hot fudge and pecans!

Maryann Vander Heyden December 9, 2011 at 3:57 am

With vanilla ice cream I like to add pieces of little debbie brownies and smother it in hot fudge… YUM!!

Marie December 9, 2011 at 3:58 am

I think the best thing to add to plain vanilla ice cream is some chocolate syrup! Yum!

abbey December 9, 2011 at 4:07 am

Raspberries, Rice Krispies, Oreos, and chocolate sauce….A—MAZING!

May D. December 9, 2011 at 4:07 am

I’d like mine plain.

Tami Y December 9, 2011 at 4:11 am

I would put chocolate chips on mine.

Amy K December 9, 2011 at 4:11 am

I love all things vanilla, so I would leave it just as is. Fantastic giveaway – thanks for the chance to win .

Barbara Noland December 9, 2011 at 4:12 am

depends on my mood…sometimes I am a purist and Love vanilla bean ice cream plain, the next time I want a drizzle of chocolate… Christmas….definitely plain, so I can also enjoy the other treats to go with it.

Cathy barrows December 9, 2011 at 4:14 am

Vanilla all the way, but I do tend to put it a cup with some milk and make a sudo-milkshake. But as the winner, I would make a vanilla bean creme brûlée and totally pig out before my neck surgery after Christmas.

Mandee J December 9, 2011 at 4:15 am

Hot fudge & a cherry for me! Yum!

mindy December 9, 2011 at 4:16 am

Well, I have not had ice-cream in years! :( I am too obsessed with my “diet” plan, and I would not dare to touch such foods, like ice-cream. I know that you could have a small amount every once in a while, but I am like an alcoholic in a sense that I cannot just eat one bowl, give me the whole ice cream container! So, in ending.. in the days that I did eat ice cream, I loved mint chocolate chip ice cream topped with chocolate syrup! Yum!

Ginger Fritz December 9, 2011 at 4:16 am

My heaven is to offset the vanilla with Bananas Foster-the combo of pecans, bananas, brown sugar and rum….mmmm! And Nielsen Massey’s Vanilla Bean Paste has earned me lots of compliments-the little flecks of the vanilla bean are wonderful in anything.

Holly December 9, 2011 at 4:18 am

Cherry syrup, crushed pineapple and mini chocolate chips!!

Christine Teal December 9, 2011 at 4:19 am

Oh Yummy! These extracts look great. Since you have been talking about Tahitian vanilla, I have been wanting to try it. For the ice cream, I love–LOVE–LOVE me some peanut butter milkshake. So, I think I would probably make me a peanut butter milkshake!!

Terri December 9, 2011 at 4:22 am

Hot Fudge, peanuts and cherry on top!!!!!

Cheryl December 9, 2011 at 4:24 am

I would add Hot Fudge to mine. Thanks!

Kody Turner- Schimmel December 9, 2011 at 4:34 am

I think I would put granola and a little caramel on top. I’ve been craving that combination lately!

Jean Punt December 9, 2011 at 4:35 am

Love, Love, Love Vanilla!

Londra Fleming December 9, 2011 at 4:38 am

I would add caramel and pineapple to my bowl!

Gretta December 9, 2011 at 4:40 am

I’d have to have hot fudge and whipped cream on my vanilla ice cream. Yum!

Juliet December 9, 2011 at 4:48 am

I would pour coffee on top!! YUMMY

Christiana December 9, 2011 at 4:48 am

Warm, homemade caramel and saute’d bananas….YUM

Donna K December 9, 2011 at 4:49 am

Oh definitely hot fudge with walnuts and whipped cream…it’s like heaven to me!

Karen December 9, 2011 at 4:49 am

Mmmm…ice cream–my favorite! I would drizzle some chocolate sauce and add just a dolop of whipped cream from a can.

Lynda Taylor December 9, 2011 at 4:52 am

I like it different at different times.

When I have a big meal out, I love vanilla ice cream with hot coffee poured over!

Or sometimes at home I like my ice cream with either coffee or chocolate liqueur or even liqueur muscat. Tastes like sultanas! Yum!

Jaan December 9, 2011 at 4:53 am

Vanilla Ice Cream! Oh, it would have to be topped with fresh sweet Mangoes from our orchards. It would be pure heaven.

Sara December 9, 2011 at 4:53 am

I luuuuv vanilla, and would never change the flavor by adding a thing.

Alicia M December 9, 2011 at 5:00 am

I would eat the vanilla ice cream plain…but lots of it!

Vicki Mc December 9, 2011 at 5:01 am

usually I’m a purist, but today I was expecting a snow day and got nary an inch of snow, so I’d comfort myself with some homemade hot fudge on top!

Morgan M. December 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

The more toppings, the better! Strawberries, blueberries, peanuts….yummmm!!!

Aimee December 9, 2011 at 5:05 am

I love root beer with my vanilla ice cream!

Thomas December 9, 2011 at 5:06 am

Maybe getting the wife to make some of her awesome homemade vanilla ice cream with that tahitian vanilla…yum!

Amy December 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

I’d have to add something to make it chocolatey!

Karen December 9, 2011 at 5:09 am

I would add chocolate syrup and M&Ms!

Georgia December 9, 2011 at 5:13 am

When I was a kid, i would stir my bowl of Vanilla icecream until it was a little thicker than a milkshake..I still do it…Love vanilla!!!

Pam December 9, 2011 at 5:13 am

not a huge fan of ice cream unless it has hot fudge sauce, whipped cream and maybe some crushed oreos on it!

Tiffany December 9, 2011 at 5:16 am

I like plain unadulterated vanilla ice cream. Especially a vanilla bean ice cream. But if there were some left over pecan pie if it was close to a holiday, it’s eat it with that.

Dana December 9, 2011 at 5:20 am

I would love to win this. Endless possibilities of things to be made

Julie C. December 9, 2011 at 5:21 am

I like to add fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries to my vanilla ice cream! YUM!

Robin D December 9, 2011 at 5:24 am

I would make a shake with chocolate and peanut butter Yummy

Lora December 9, 2011 at 5:25 am

I love Vanilla ice cream – the more homemade and natural the better! For those times when plain vanilla won’t do, I like to top mine with chocolate and fresh sliced strawberries from the garden. I especially loved reading this blog today – so many new ways that I didn’t think of to eat the best flavor of ice cream! Go VANILLA!!!!

Amanda December 9, 2011 at 5:29 am

It depends on the brand of ice cream! If it’s Blue Bell, you’ve gotta leave it plain – anything else I load up with as much chocolate in as many forms as I possible can!

Billie Parrott December 9, 2011 at 5:29 am

I’d put some homemade caramel sauce on it — if I allowed myself to let
it make it into a bowl. I’m bad to eat out of the carton sometimes.

DJ Jaeger December 9, 2011 at 5:29 am

OH MY! I think I would gladly load it up with toppings like cherries or PB cups! That is exactly what I do when I get frozen yogurt in Cheesecake flavor…yummm! :)

Kevin December 9, 2011 at 5:30 am

Yum! Been doin the root-beer “float” thing lately, but spicy stuff sounds good too!

Beth December 9, 2011 at 5:30 am

I think I would have to chop up some Reeses Peanut Butter cups as a nice add in.

kate b December 9, 2011 at 5:32 am

I would add nerds and whip cream to mine

Carrie G. December 9, 2011 at 5:33 am

It depends. If it’s homemade then it’s best plain, but I always load store bought with chocolate syrup and sprinkles.

Sally December 9, 2011 at 5:34 am

I’d love the vanillas – what a great addition they’d be to my Christmas cookies!!

Kathy F December 9, 2011 at 5:37 am

I LOVE homemade vanilla ice cream. In recent years it has become my favorite even though chocolate was always my favorite. I have to say I would eat it plain, savoring every spoonful! ;)

Lisa B December 9, 2011 at 5:40 am

I love NM Vanilla!!!
I would add colored sprinkles!

Meagan December 9, 2011 at 5:42 am

I’d give the ice cream to my husband and just eat the toppings, some crushed up oreos, choc chips and some whipped cream!

Madeline December 9, 2011 at 5:44 am

Bring on the caramel, nutella, and whipped cream!!

charlotte December 9, 2011 at 5:45 am

i would drizzle chocolate with toffee bits on it…yum!!

Jaime December 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

Yummm… I’d use the Tahitian vanilla and leave my ice cream plain!

Julie December 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

I would add dark chocolate hershey’s syrup and turn it into a milkshake.

Emily December 9, 2011 at 5:54 am

Yum… I love rainbow sprinkles and caramel with my ice cream. I’m definitely ready for a sugar overload. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway!

Janice December 9, 2011 at 5:54 am

I’d be wishing I had a slice of blueberry pie to go along with my vanilla ice cream.

debbi December 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

I would definitely load it! Caramel topping and some chocolate covered peanuts or M&M’s (or both!). YUM!

Sherry B December 9, 2011 at 5:56 am

Ohhhhhhhhhhh, this is my favorite vanilla and I would so LOVE to try some of the other extracts in this give away. There are endless possibilities! I am thinking of a delicate pound cake would be the first thing I would make.
Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

Laura C. December 9, 2011 at 5:57 am

just a little chocolate would do the trick for me :)

Teresa C. December 9, 2011 at 5:57 am

I would have to load it up. I’m a chocolate gal. I would add hot fudge topping (slightly warmed) and probably crushed up Oreos or Reese’s peanut butter cups. If it were my husband, because he is strange, he would dump a packet of dry hot cocoa mix on top and eat it. :)

Angela December 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

I would put chocolate on it!!

Martha S. December 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

Oooh, chocolate syrup and sprinkles … or Kahlua!!

Dale @ Tradeurbeads December 9, 2011 at 5:59 am

Yummy, yummy, yummy…the ideas are endless.

Sherrie December 9, 2011 at 6:00 am

Oh no, never plain! Banana, chocolate syrup, whip cream and a cherry. A must. My husband would prefer it plain. ;)

Sarah M. December 9, 2011 at 6:00 am

I’m with Kevin..chocolate and pb for sure!!

Val Lewis December 9, 2011 at 6:01 am

Straight up vanilla! It is smooth and creamy and most toppings harden up, masking the pure joy of of the flavor and texture. Mmmmmmm, vanilla.

Krys Kolivras December 9, 2011 at 6:03 am

Good old Hershey’s chocolate syrup!

Katrina December 9, 2011 at 6:03 am

I’d have my plain or make it a float with root beer :D

Katrina December 9, 2011 at 6:09 am

mine* plain

Amanda December 9, 2011 at 6:04 am

I would put chocolate syrup, really salty peanuts and whipped cream. Now I know what I am having for breakfast!

Jennifer Adewale December 9, 2011 at 6:04 am

This time of year, my would be smack dab next to a slice of apple pie. Nothing better.

Judy R December 9, 2011 at 6:05 am

Hot fudge and chocolate sprinkles!!!

Nicole G December 9, 2011 at 6:06 am

Sometimes I pour Rice Krispies on top of vanilla ice cream. If you stir it all up together it tastes like a cold, creamy Rice Krispie Treat!

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