November 25, 2011

Vanilla Bean Paste Giveaway

**This giveaway is now CLOSED **
I kinda have a "thing" for Vanilla!  I just LOVE it! I love the word "vanilla" and I love the smell and I definitely love the flavor!!  If I see a new gourmet vanilla at the store - I can't resist - I have to buy it.  If you ever need a gift idea for me, just buy me a bottle of some gourmet vanilla and I will love you forever!  My vanilla obsession is as bad as my cookbook obsession! I won't even tell you how many different vanillas I have in my baking cupboard! We will save that for another post.  So, I decided that I am going to have a Vanilla Giveaway Extravaganza.  Every time I get 200 followers (up until I hit 1000) I am going to give away some type of vanilla!!  So, 600 Followers, 800 Followers and 1000 Followers! That is three giveaways!!  I know this might take a long time, but I won't forget to do the giveaways!

I first discovered Vanilla Bean Paste on my trip to Seattle in 2009.  I went up there to see my favorite band perform and of course to do a little shopping! I went to Pike Place Market and found this fun store called Sur La Table.  It was there where I first discovered Vanilla Bean Paste! I bought myself two bottles and I instantly LOVED it!  It gives your treats the BEST vanilla flavor and of course it adds those fun little black speckles that vanilla beans add.  I know if you try this stuff, you will love it too.  So, I am giving away one, bran-new, sealed, bottle of Vanilla Bean Paste!

To enter the giveaway (3 Possible Entries)
Mandatory Entry: You must be a Follower (via GFC) of Eat Cake For Dinner! If you are already a follower, just leave me a comment and let me know!
Second Entry:  Leave me a separate comment with your favorite way to use vanilla beans or vanilla extract! Is it in frosting, pudding, ice cream, flavored syrup or whipped cream, etc . . .? 
Third Entry:  Leave me a separate comment with the name of your favorite brand of vanilla extract! Or, your favorite type.  Is it Mexican, Tahitian or Madagascar, etc . . .  Or, if you don't have a favorite brand or type - just say "I use whatever"


Giveaway is only open to U.S. Residents - sorry and will close at Midnight on December 2, 2011 (next Friday) or until I hit 600 Followers (Whichever comes later)!  I will announce the winner on Dec. 3rd! Good Luck! 


*Note -  I am providing the product for this giveaway.  it is NOT sponsered by anyone, but myself!

      

136 comments:

  1. I've fallen in love with madagascar vanilla bean paste--- I love seeing the little specks everywhere!

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  2. COOL GIVEAWAY! Thanks for letting me know about it! I am now a follower. I love this idea!

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  3. I like vanilla in everything- especially whipped cream and waffles.

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  4. k, this is embarrassing, but i don't know my favorite. i'm always stuck with the imitation kind from sams club. my mom bought me a bottle of the real stuff once, and i think i opened it to smell it everyday! haha. i wish i could afford real vanilla on a regular basis!

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  5. Hi Jenn! Thanks for your sweet comment on my Chocolate Peppermint Cake! ;) I just fell in love with your blog.. I love baking.. gotta try some of your recipes and will link back! ;) I hope you can come by my linky party.. http://www.littleinspiration.com/2011/11/create-and-inspire-linky-party.html

    I'm following you via GFC!

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  6. I love using vanilla for cupcakes and whipping cream! ;)

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  7. I honestly dont have a favorite brand... but am VERY intrigued by this paste!!! =)

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  8. oh, I love vanilla! Thanks for inviting me over! Following you now!

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  9. I love using vanilla in scones and then scraping out the bean shells and storing them in sugar, so I can have vanilla-infused sugar with my tea!

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  10. Madagascar vanilla beans are my favorite!

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  11. Um...probably my favorite vanilla use is for frosting!

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  12. The brand I use is very special...Kirkland from Costco...LOL!

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  13. I make lots of cake and buttercream frosting, and use lots of vanilla!

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  14. I use clear vanilla a lot, but would love to try the really expensive kind and see if there is a difference in flavor.

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  15. I use vanilla in pretty much any sweet thing I make. I even add a drop or two to my coffee.

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  16. I'm definitely a fan of high quality vanilla (of course!) but the most distinctive vanilla experience I've ever had was using vanilla oil, which is amazingly strong and produces a vanilla flavor unlike anything you've tasted. If you'd normally use a teaspoon of vanilla in a recipe, you'd use maybe a quarter teaspoon of vanilla oil and still you'd taste way, WAY more vanilla that you've ever tasted in a recipe. So good!

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  17. i use vanilla in milkshakes.. vanilla and cinnamon, or vanilla and orange

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  18. Following via GFC.

    crystalandcomp(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. Eeeek! I'm so glad you stopped by and told me about your giveaway! I already looked @ your no roll sugar cookies, and bookmarked them, but this is so fun! I'm a GFC follower!

    Jesseca0319(at)gmail.com

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  20. Vanilla is so great in soooo many recipes. I do have to admit, chocolate cake is NOT the same without the vanilla. Or vanilla bean ice cream....

    Jesseca0319(at)gmail.com

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  21. And my favorite type of vanilla is Mexican. For sure.

    Jesseca0319(at)gmail.com

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  22. I'm not entering the giveaway, just wanted to say that I am such a fan of Vanilla Bean Paste. Use it in all my sugar cookies and everywhere a recipes calls for pure vanilla extract...everywhere ;)

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  23. I just use the regular vanilla extract found at the grocery store.. would love to try this!

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  24. I'm a GFC follower. rachelhaleco at hotmail dot com

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  25. I love to use vanilla in my buttercream frosting. rachelhaleco at hotmail dot com

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  26. My favorite brand is the homemade stuff I make with whole vanilla beans and vodka! Its the best! rachelhaleco at hotmail dot com

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  27. My favorite way to use vanilla is homemade vanilla extract.

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  28. I use Penzey's Vanilla! Yum!

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  29. I use vanilla in my cakes/cupcakes and frosting!

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  30. I use most of my vanilla in cookies. :)

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  31. My favourite kind of vanilla is Mexican. We pick up a bunch every time we go to Mexico for a winter holiday (every couple years). It makes a great gift too!

    P.S. I subscribed by email... I only do that to my favourite blogs. :) This place looks great!

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  32. I just use McCormick Pure Vanilla, so I'd definitely love to try this!

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  33. I became a follower have been a lover of your blog for months and have tried many of your recipes.

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  34. I love vanilla in everything!!!!!!! Maybe not everything but most things sweet... so yummy! I think my family has always been vanilla lovers any recipe that I look at from my moms branch of the family has an extra amount of vanilla than any normal persons recipe.. yummy!

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  35. I love the white vanilla you can get from mexico, but I also love the store brad twice as strong pure vanilla we can get here.

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  36. I follow Eat Cake for Dinner! Because really any one who encourages cake for dinner is a winner!!

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  37. My favorite way to use vanilla beans is in white chocolate chip cookie dough.

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  38. My favorite brand of vanilla bean extract is NIelsan-Massey Madagascar.

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  39. I love vanilla in just about everything!! OOoh just thinking about it is making me drool! I have some cookies that need to be baked up here soon!mmmm

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  40. I dont have a particular favorite brand. I usually grab whatever is available!
    But come to think of it there is a brand a grab more often but I cant think of what it is called.

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  41. I love vanilla bean anything, but especially ice cream! I also love the little specks in frosting-- it looks so pretty!

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  42. I love vanilla in just about any dessert and in homemade cream soda. Yum! I've never used real vanilla beans (or paste) though just extract, so I'm excited about your giveaway!

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  43. I love vanilla of any kind, but I use Penzey's brand most often. It's good quality, and makes a difference.

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  44. I use Mexican vanilla that we got on a trip to Mexico a while back - I love the stuff!

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  45. I use whatever vanilla our local store carries! LOL

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  46. I love to use vanilla when I make homemade whipped topping, the vanilla just adds a great layer of flavor!!

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  47. I usually use whatever I get at the grocery store but I do like Madagascar Vanilla!

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  48. you betcha i'm a follower! a newbie but you are great!

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  49. okay, so this is going to sound weird but my SIL was in Vegas one year and came back with this awesome idea...vanilla bean mashed potatoes! she said she had them at the Hard Rock Cafe. my husband and i have been trying to recreate what she had. i don't think we have it quite yet but it has been delicious to try!

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  50. I love, love, LOVE, Mexican Vanilla but i'm also a baking scientist and love to try and make things myself. i've tried the vodka vanilla which has worked out for my baking needs and i am in search of the best bourbon for my favourite flavor :)

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  51. I like to add vanilla to my French toast

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  52. I love vanilla in homeamde ice cream!!

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  53. I usually buy the bran sold at Walmart!? I've never had any of the "good stuff" but I'd love to try some fancy vanilla!

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  54. Newest follower! Thanks for inviting me over :)

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  55. O love to use vanilla extract when making apple cake

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  56. I am a follower already....I subscribed to your email and might I say really enjoy getting your blog updates :) (no that was not a shameless brown noseing attempt either....I meant it!!! lol)

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  57. I love using vanilla in my banana bread :) Love the way it smells!

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  58. My favorite kind to use is from the D.R. (Dominican Republic) my stepdaughter brought me back some from a mission trip she went on. It has a different flavor than regular vanilla but very good!!!

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  59. I love vanilla in everything!! Great in french toast!

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  60. HI! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am officially your newest follower :) Any friend of Vanilla is a friend of mine! (wink)
    ~ Teresa

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  61. Anddd..... I use vanilla in any and everything. I especially love it in frostings and glazes however I have been known to throw it in pancakes, waffles, french toast, ALL cookies and homemade pastery!

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  62. Also....I think my favorite brand would be mine :) I love some homemade vanilla (or maybe its the vodka talking) :) Other than that I have tried Mexican vanilla. The stronger the vanilla bean taste....the better.

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  63. Jenn, I am a new follower and love your blog. Thanks for your visit to my blog and your kind comments.

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  64. My favorite use for vanilla is a hot malted milk. The recipe is on my blog. I use vanilla in so many things and I only use real vanilla extract because the artificial stuff tastes fake. I am anxious to try the paste. I will have to look for it.

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  65. I, too, love vanilla. It's a beautiful sounding word, isn't it? I am definitely not a gourmet cook, but enjoy cooking, especially sweets. I love Eat Cake for Dinner! It's always a pleasure to see what is offered for us to drool over. I haven't tried any exotic vanillas. I usually use "Watkins" brand, because it is a "real" vanilla product I can obtain locally. I would love to win the paste! And now that I've answered all the requirements in one post, I'll confess to speed reading and not getting my directions straight. lol

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  66. I love vanilla in anything sweet. I especially love to make cupcakes and cookies with my grand daughter.

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  67. Yum...count this follower in!!!

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  68. I follow you! I have never heard of vanilla bean paste-sounds good!!

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  69. I'm now a follower on GFC (was previously through RSS feed)

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  70. I mostly use vanilla in frosting!

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  71. I don't have a particular brand, but I usually use Mexican Vanilla

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  72. I love your recipes! I'm a follower.

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  73. I have a favorite Buttermilk Syrup Recipe that I use vanilla in. It's great over pancakes and fresh strawberries.

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  74. My favorite brand is Watkins. Love it!

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  75. Hi!! Thanks for visiting Randee's Organized Chaos!! I am your newest follower!!!

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  76. I use vanilla in everything! But most of all my favorite is in my frosting.

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  77. My favorite brand is tricky. I received a case from Mexico and not sure of the brand.

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  78. I am your newest follower! Thank you for the sweet comment!

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  79. I want to use it in eggnog!

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  80. I like mexican vanilla and tons of it!

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  81. My goodness I've learned serving new today! I did not know there were so many types of vanilla! Real and imitation was the extent. I will have to seek out more types!
    Kindest regards,
    Jennifer

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  82. Hi Jenn, I'm a follower! I want that vanilla bean paste!

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  83. It's me again, I like to add lots of vanilla to cake mixes. I really want that vanilla bean paste!

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  84. Yeah, that's right, It's ME, I don't have a favorite brand I just make sure it is real vanilla and not that fake stuff. I've left 3 comments now. That means I'm a winner right?!!! See Ya.

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  85. I'm a new GFC follower.

    FYI - Google announced last week they are discontinuing GFC support and will have it taken offline by March of next year. They're encouraging users to switch to Google+. Just thought you'd be interested in this tidbit since you promote your GFC through your giveaways.

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  86. I am now a follower!

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  87. My favorite way to use vanilla is in Fudge! Delicious!

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  88. I use Costco's Kirkland brand.

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  89. I am now a follower! I kind of thought I already was, but now I am for sure :)

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  90. I can really only think of using vanilla in frosting, but I know I've used it in other stuff. I just can't remember right now.

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  91. I use vanilla in sugar cookies and frosting.

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  92. I use whatever I have on hand. Though I have recently discovered you can make your own. Something to look into. :)

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  93. I love to use vanilla all the time (I may be an addict!), but my absolute favorite is to put it in my cookie dough. It gives it that extra something!

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  94. My all time favorite vanilla is Mexican vanilla. I actually special order it from Ebay. It's the best ever!

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  95. What an awesome giveaway!! I'm already a follower!

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  96. I love to use it when I bake Zuchinni Bread and Homemade Cinnamon Whipped Cream. YUM!

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  97. I'll be honest, I've never tried any "gourmet" vanilla's, usually just buy McCormicks or Watkins. I'd love to give this a try though!!

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  98. I'm a happy new follower. Eager to enter your giveaway for yummy vanilla bean paste - one of my favorites!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  99. Entry #2 - my favorite way to use vanilla bean paste is in my recipes for "To Die For Banana Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting".

    http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2011/01/to-die-for-banana-cake-with-vanilla.html

    :)
    ButterYum

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  100. Entry #3 - Nielson-Massey is my preferred brand, but I honestly don't think there's a brand of VBP that I wouldn't like.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter. Congrats on passing the 600 mark!

    :)
    ButterYum

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  101. I'm now following your blog via GFC, I already had you in Google reader.

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  102. I have two favourite uses for vanilla essence. One is to put a bit in cream before whipping it, along with a bit of icing sugar. The other is in my chocolate brownie.

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  103. My favourite vanilla essence is the bottle homemade stuff that I made earlier this year.

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  104. I'm a follower! :) I love your blog!

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  105. My favorite use of Vanilla is in our homemade custard! It's just wonderful! :)

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  106. My favorite brand of Vanilla to use is from the Hawaiian Vanilla Company, it has a really good flavor and is great in anything I bake!!

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