Friday, November 15, 2013

Nielsen-Massey Gormet Vanillas Review and a Giveaway!

 
I love to cook and bake, and I have found that there really is a big difference when it comes to herbs, spices, and extracts.  Buying better quality is worth the small price increase in what you get in flavor. 
 
So when Nielsen Massey Fine Vanillas and Flavors offered to allow me the chance for review I was thrilled!
 
Nielsen Massey Fine Vanillas and Flavors is a company that have been crafting the world's finest vanillas and flavors since 1907. Founded by Richard Massey, who later partnered with Chatfield Nielsen, Sr, our company is still a family-owned operation run by the third generation of Nielsens: CEO Craig Nielsen, COO Matt Nielsen and Chief Culinary Officer, Director-International Beth Nielsen. Having grown up with the company and amidst the rich aroma of vanilla, they've spent their entire lives learning, studying and researching the best methods to produce pure flavors as well as how to achieve the best results in recipes and applications.
 
Having branched out from their humble origins in Sterling, Illinois the company now possesses state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Waukegan, Illinois, USA and its plant in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Our products can be found throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand and are enjoyed by restaurant and bakery chefs, manufacturers of premium foods, gourmet food shops and grocers and discriminating home consumers looking to enhance their fine cooking and baking.
 
Nielsen Massey sent me several of their products to try.  I received for review their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste, Pure Almond Extract, and Pure Chocolate Extract.
 
I have tried all of them and must say that the flavor is much better than that of a regular store brand of pure extracts, and worlds better than imitation extracts.  I love the almond extract in sweet baked goods, and I put the chocolate extract in a chocolate cream pie and chocolate cake I made.  It added an extra chocolaty oomph.  But my absolute favorite is the  Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste.  You can use it wherever you use vanilla extract but it is especially nice in things where you can see the flecks of vanilla bean.  Things like whipped cream, ice cream, scones, cookies or drinks benefit from this little added visual appeal.
 
I used the  Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste in my Homemade Hot Toddy (Hot Buttered Rum Mix).
 
 
 
Hot Buttered Rum Mix


1 lb softened real butter -  do not use fake butter

1 pt. vanilla ice cream softened - the better the brand the better the flavor haagen daz is good
1 lb brown sugar
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon nutmeg ground
1 tablespoon cinnamon ground
1 teaspoon allspice ground


 
 
Fresh Nutmeg and Allspice
Whole spices like this last almost forever in the cupboard as apposed to the pre-ground spices you buy which will only have a good flavor for a few months and then you have to throw them out.
 
 
 
grinding the spices in a simple home coffee grinder brings a way more intense flavor
 
 
 
The Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste.  You can see the flecks of vanilla!

 
 
Mix the sugars and butter until light, then add the spices and vanilla until combined well, then add the ice cream.   Keep in an airtight container in the freezer.
 
To use add desired amount (start with a tablespoon and add more if needed) to a cup of boiling water or milk.  Add rum, brandy, or whiskey if desired.
 
Conclusion of my review:  Nielsen-Massey Vanillas and Fine Extract makes great products that are of the highest quality and flavor.  At being only slightly more expensive than regular pure extracts they are worth the price, even for the thrifty minded like me!

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The Giveaway!

 
Nielsen-Massey has generously offered to give one lucky Thrifty Housewife readers two products of their choice!  Use the rafflecopter to enter, all entries are optional, winning entries are verified. 
 
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The Thrifty Housewife was not compensated for this post, I did receive a sample product(s) for the purposes of review. This did not influence my review or my opinions. My views and statements are 100% my own. This giveaway is not affiliated with facebook, pinterest, twitter, or any other social media website.  The winner will be chosen through the rafflecopter form which uses Random.org.  Winner will be notified by email within 48 hours of contest end.  Winner has 24 hours to respond to the  email.  Failure to respond will result in a new winner being chosen.  Open to US only.  All Entries are verified.  The Thrifty Housewife is no responsible for prize fulfillment.

79 comments:

  1. I think the pure peppermint extract sounds good, too.

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  2. The pure coffee extract sounds wonderful!
    bertschbunch @ q dot com

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  3. The peppermint sounds wonderful!

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  4. I'd love to try the orange extract!

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  5. The bourbon and pure almond for me!

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  6. I would love to try the Rose Water. I've seen recipes that called for it and always passed them up. I never KNEW where to get Rose Water!

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  7. I'd love the almond and peppermint extracts!
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  8. I would love to have some pure peppermint extract! Few things beat mint chocolate :).

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  9. I would like to get their Pure Chocolate Extract.

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  10. I would like to get their Pure Chocolate Extract.

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  11. The Orange Extract for comparison sake because I'm not a huge fan of Watkin's Orange. It is really hard to choose just one item. Oh wait Orange Blossom Water would be great to compare! I like the name too.

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  12. Orange Extract sounds yummy

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  13. I would also love to have the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar

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  14. I love anything orange so that would be the first product I get, then maybe some vanilla sugar. (mickey louth)

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  15. I can think of a ton of ways I would use the Pure Chocolate Extract!

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  16. Pure peppermint extract and coffee extract!

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  17. Thanks for such a great giveaway! I would love to try the Lemon extract.

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway and review. The Lemon extract would be one I would love to try.

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  19. Would like to try the Rose Water, Tahitian Vanilla or the Vanilla Sugar. Any or ALL! Love the bake, did not know about this site. Glad to find it, will be ordering.

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  20. I would love to get the Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract.

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  21. I would love to get the Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract.

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  22. This looks like a fun giveaway for holiday baking!

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  23. I use the Tahitian vanilla. It's very good! I'd like to try the coffee extract.

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  24. I would love to get Nielsen-Massey's Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar.

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  25. I would love to try the almond and vanilla extracts

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  26. http://www.nielsenmassey.com/consumer/products-madagascar-bourbon-pure-vanilla-extract.php

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  27. I would definitely get the Pure Chocolate Extract and the Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract they both sound very awesome

    sweetheart4171(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. I would love to try the orange blossom water or the rose water. both are difficult to find, even my mail order. thanks for such a grand and very tasty giveaway!

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  29. I would love to try the vanilla bean paste.

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  30. I would love to try the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans!

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  31. I would like the Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract!

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  32. I would love to try the Pure Vanilla Bean Paste and the Almond Extract!

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  33. I'd love to try their rose water!

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  34. I would love to try the Madagascar Pure Vanilla Bean Powder.

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  35. i would also like their Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans

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  36. I've always wanted to try vanilla bean paste.

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  37. I'd really like the lemon and chocolate extracts and the Madagascar bourbon pure vanilla sugar

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  38. I didn't see hazelnut :( We'd like the peppermint or lemon or perhaps the almond...all good choices :)

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  39. Pure Vanilla Bean Paste sounds great!

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  40. I would also like to try their Pure Almond Extract

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  41. Torn between the chocolate the bean. I think I'd use the bean first

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  42. I would love to try the Almond Extract.

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  43. I would love to try the almond extract!

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  44. I would love to the pure chocolate extract

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  45. I'd love to get the almond extract and rose water!!

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  46. I would like to try their Lemon Extract.

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  47. I would love the pure chocolate extract.

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  48. I've wanted to try the vanilla extract for a long time, but besides that, I'd also love to try the lemon extract!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I'd like to try the Vanilla Paste.

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  50. The chocolate extract sounds great.

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  51. i would love to get the Rose Water then i could make the recipe from like water for chocolate
    anne hill
    calliope_123 at hotmail dot com

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  52. would love to try chocolate or orange!

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  53. Their rose water & peppermint extracts
    Harlena Dyer
    mnlghtelf@hotmail.com

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  54. I would love to try the coffee extract. Kbroderi@msn.com

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  55. I like the orange blossom water.

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  56. A Century of Flavor cookbook sounds great.

    amanda.townsend2 at gmail dot com

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  57. Flavorings look yummy.....would love to try some...especially with the holidays and baking coming up....

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  58. would like to get some of the whole beans.....have an ice cream recipe to use whole vanilla bean, but don't have any in my home yet....

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  59. I would love to get some Pure Lemon Extract.

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  60. almond is my favorite flavor, so I would love to have that.

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  61. I would love to try the Orange Blossom water - this is something I can only find in specialty spice stores around here!

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  62. I would like to get some Lemon extract for a pineapple & marshmallow dessert I want to make.

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  63. I would like to get some Lemon extract for a pineapple & marshmallow dessert I want to make.

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  64. I would like to try the Pure Chocolate Extract.

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  65. I would like the Pure Peppermint Extract

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  66. they all sound so good , it would be great to use them for the holiday cooking .

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  67. Madagascar Bourbon Pure
    Vanilla Sugar is what I would like. Entered as Katherine W. wo*******@gmail.com

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  68. iT'S a tossup between the vanilla sugar or the Chocolate Extract. Maybe both!

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  69. I'd love to have some of the Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and the beans too.

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  70. I think I would love the Chocolate Extract!! Sounds Yummy!

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