Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Giveaway & Review: Rodelle Vanilla, Baking Essentials & Spice Blends


One of the secrets to superb tasting baked goods is to use high quality, pure vanilla extract.  In my opinion,   Rodelle has one of the finest collections of gourmet vanilla products available.

About Rodelle...


"What sets Rodelle Vanilla Extract apart? Vanilla extract gets its rich “vanilla” taste and aroma from the vanilla bean’s primary flavor component, vanillin. Vanillin is a natural flavor component found on high quality vanilla beans, the higher the vanillin, the better the quality. The vanillin content of pure vanilla extract is easily measurable, making vanillin a useful quality indicator for profiling fine vanillas. Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extracts have set the bar for vanillin content, offering a pure vanilla extract with one of the highest vanillin levels on the market.

It’s a fact. All vanillas are not equal. Rodelle Vanilla Extract is a superior vanilla product that delivers a superior end result.

Rodelle vanilla products are certified kosher, gluten-free and are made with natural cane sugar. Look for Rodelle vanilla products in your favorite grocery store!"



In addition to producing Pure Vanilla Extract, Gourmet Vanilla Extract, Organic Vanilla Extract and Alcohol-Free Vanilla Extract, Rodelle offers harder to find vanilla specialty products such as Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Sugar and Vanilla Paste.

I experimented with adding Rodelle vanillas to some of my existing recipes, such as my Gluten Free Orange Glazed Almond Cake and my Gluten Free Coconut-Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting to see if I could taste the difference.  I was surprised that there really was a notable difference in the vanilla taste.  The taste of Rodelle vanilla was lovely and harmonious with my recipes, never artificial or over-bearing like some lesser quality vanilla extracts can be.

If you haven't tried baking using vanilla beans, you should consider it.  Vanilla seeds are scraped from the inside of the bean, and added to recipes for the most intense, pure vanilla flavor possible.  Check out this brief video which shows exactly how it's done:














More Than Vanilla...

In addition to vanilla, Rodelle also produces a line of fabulous gourmet baking essentials such as a rich Gourmet Baking Cocoa, Lemon Extract and Almond Extract.  I sampled the Gourmet Baking Cocoa several times in my everyday cooking and baking and I was pleased with the tasty results.  Rodelle says their Gourmet Baking Cocoa is "Responsibly sourced from the premier growing regions of West Africa, our baking cocoa is European Dutch processed for rich flavor and appearance. Our cocoa contains one of the highest levels of cocoa butter on the market, ensuring superior chocolate flavor."  I agree that it does indeed have a richer chocolate flavor than other baking cocoas I have used!


Rodelle also makes a lovely Herbes de Provence spice blend, which they describe as "The perfect blend of thyme, fennel, basil, savory, and lavender, Herbes de Provence add flavor to grilled meats and fish. Add it to cassoulet or vegetable stews." I recently simmered Rodelle's Herbes de Provence into some homemade vegetable soup; it was so aromatic that my husband came into the kitchen to see what the great smell was!  The taste was comforting and unique, which I think the lavender is largely responsible for.  I am looking forward to incorporating this interesting spice blend in more of my recipes.


Where to Buy:

Click here to find out where to buy Rodelle products near you.

WIN a RODELLE Prize Package!


Just time time for holiday baking, (1) lucky Freebie Fairy follower will WIN a Rodelle prize package containing the following items: Herbes De Province, Bourbon Vanilla Beans, Organic Vanilla Extract, Pure Vanilla Extract, Gourmet Bourbon Vanilla Sugar, and Gourmet Baking Cocoa.


Here's how...

TO ENTER GIVEAWAY (#1 is a mandatory entry):

1) Become a Freebie Fairy follower (must follow PUBLICLY via Google Friend Connect in the side bar of this website) AND visit the Rodelle website; LEAVE ME A COMMENT telling me you now follow me PUBLICLY, AND tell me what item you most want to try from the Rodelle website. (1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIES (each entry comment must be entered separately to be a valid entry):

2) "Like" my The Freebie Fairy product review & giveaway blog on Facebook. (3 entries)

3) Follow Rodelle on Twitter. (1 entry)

4) Blog about this giveaway linking it back to my Gluten Free Taste of Home blog AND the Rodelle website. Please LEAVE ME A COMMENT with THE LINK TO YOUR POST or it will not count. (3 entries)

5) Follow Gluten Free Taste of Home on Twitter AND tweet the giveaway; LEAVE ME A COMMENT (with your twitter link) telling me you did it. (one entry per tweet/RT; DO NOT EXCEED (1) TWEET/RT PER HOUR!)


6) Like Rodelle on Facebook. (1 entry)

7) Vote for Gluten Free Taste of Home on Picket Fence Blogs (click the "We're on the Fence!" button in the sidebar of this blog to vote). (2 entries)


8) Grab my Gluten Free Taste of Home button and display it on your website/blog (copy the html code for my button from the sidebar of this website and paste the code into your website), and LEAVE ME A COMMENT with a LINK to where you pasted my button. (1 entry)

9) Follow my Freebie Fairy blog PUBLICLY via Google Friend Connect and LEAVE ME A COMMENT telling me you did it. (1 entry)

10) Follow my Freebie Fairy blog on Twitter. (1 entry)


*GIVEAWAY OPEN TO US & CANADA*

Giveaway ends on Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m. PST (entries received after this time will not be posted). Winner will be selected by random.org. Winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

*REMEMBER... please leave your e-mail address with EACH entry so I can contact you if you win.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I was not compensated for this post; I received complimentary Rodelle Vanilla products for review purposes courtesy of Rodelle. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Best of luck!

32 comments:

  1. Follow Rodelle on Twitter
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  3. I'd love to give the alcohol free vanilla a try (we're corn free) and the cocoa too!
    I follow publicly.

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    New follower on GFC.
    I'd like to try the almond extract.
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    Following Freebie Fairy blog PUBLICLY via Google Friend Connect.

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    I'd like to try the Herbes de Provence blend.
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  11. public follower of Freebie Fairy. And I'd be interested to try the vanilla paste just because I've never heard of such a thing before!

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  12. Vanilla Beans, trying out new things with the beans!

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  13. I just started following you publicly. I would really like to try their vanilla extract to see the taste difference you descibed!

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  15. I would love to try the Vanilla Paste! I follow in GFC!
    Thanks for the giveaway & chance to win!
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