Love and Confections: Welcome to #VanillaWeek and a #Giveaway

February 2, 2015

Welcome to #VanillaWeek and a #Giveaway

It's officially #VanillaWeek! I am so excited about this week-long event. While I love red velvet and chocolate, which are everywhere this time of year, I decided to host a week-long event celebrating one of my favorite flavors - vanilla. The #VanillaWeek Bloggers and I have come together with some amazing vanilla recipes. We hope you join us throughout the week where we will be sharing vanilla recipes that include breakfasts, drinks, desserts and even savory dishes! Also, don't forget to enter below for our big #VanillaWeek giveaway!



Now, onto the prizes... we will be giving away 3 prize packs including items from each of the sponsors below.


Nielsen-Massey has been crafting world-class vanillas and flavors since 1907. It is still a family owned business today and focuses on quality and its customers. Nielsen-Massey uses a cold extraction process for making its vanillas, which preserves more than 300 distinctive flavor compounds present in vanilla beans. Nielsen-Massey product can be purchased at Williams-Sonoma and all of their products are gluten-free, allergen-free, GMO-free and Kosher. Nielsen-Massey also has a line of organic vanillas available as well. Nielsen-Massey is generously giving a bottle of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Extract, Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste and Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract for each of the prize packs.


Bob's Red Mill does not rush quality, and that sets them apart from other companies. Bob's Red Mill is providing Super Fine Cake Flour and Sparkling Sugar for each of the three prize packages. The Cake Flour is carefully milled and sifted to fine texture and is never cut with cornstarch, like other brands. This Cake Flour is ideal for all kinds of cakes, cupcakes, pancakes, biscuits and pie crusts. The Sparkling sugar is perfect as a topping for all your baked goods. It is a large cane sugar crystal that has a great sparkle. It can also by easily dyed with your favorite food coloring to create a festive topping.


Silpat is the original non-stick baking mat since 1965. Silpat products never need greasing and replace parchment paper, which saves time, money and reduces waste. They are perfect for sticky materials including batter, caramels, doughs and everything in between. Silpat has baking mats that include jelly roll pan size, macaron mat, cookie mat, and pretzel mat, among other types. Silpat will be providing a baking mat for each of the prize packs


Dixie Crystals is synonymous with high quality sugar products that are all natural and non-GMO. Dixie Crystals products are not just for adults in the kitchen. In addition to having edible art projects, kid craft ideas, sugar scrubs, sweet science experiments, and homemade gifts available on their website, they just launched a new cookbook too. The 2015 edition of My First Cookbook has 28 easy and delicious kid-friendly recipes designed for children 6-12. They even have a sugar craft section in the cookbook that helps teach concepts like science, chemistry and math.


Quirk Books is generously providing a copy of Shauna Sever's Pure Vanilla cookbook for each of the prize packages. Pure Vanilla shares a history of vanilla from orchid to extract and information on the different varieties and flavors of vanilla. It also contains recipes for cakes, cookies, custards and creams. Glazed Vanilla Bean Doughnuts, Vanilla Cloud Cake, Vanilla Bean Meringue Kisses and Sea Salt Caramels, Homemade Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Sugar and Vanilla-Infused Liquors are just a sampling of the recipes available in the book.


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Disclosure: The #VanillaWeek Bloggers have received product and/or samples from the sponsor companies. All opinions are our own. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only, age 18 & older. The #VanillaWeek Prize Pack giveaway runs from Monday, February 2, 2015 at 12:00a EST through Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:59p EST. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Pinterest, Facebook, Intagram, or Twitter. You are providing your information to Love and Confections and not to anyone else. The information you provide will only be used for giveaway administration purposes and we will not share this information with anyone except to announce the names of winners. All entries for the winners will be checked and verified. Winners will be announced on or about February 8th. Winners will also be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond to the email. If a winner does not respond within that time a new winner will be chosen. Prizes are provided by Nielsen-Massey, Bob's Red Mill, Dixie Crystals, Silpat and Quirk Books. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Three winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. #VanillaWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

19 comments:

  1. I love anything vanilla, but a really good vanilla ice cream is hard to beat. I've even started putting vanilla in my cinnamon roll dough. And a little in my smoothie. Even bought vanilla essential oil so I can diffuse it to enjoy the smell.

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  2. i love a good vanilla pound cake!

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  3. I have to say my favorite vanilla flavored food is definitely ice cream made into a malt.

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  4. Favorite vanilla - flavored foods...ice cream and scones!

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  5. Also vanilla ice cream, but for a warm treat a vanilla latte.

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  6. Vanilla Custard filling would have to be my favorite in this category... although I cannot argue with any mentioned above!!

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  7. I love classic vanilla ice cream

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  8. I love vanilla sauces on savories such as salmon or duck!

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  9. Vanilla bean ice cream is great, but I also adore custards.

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  10. this is an amazing prize pack, I love to use their flavorings and sugar

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  11. I love vanilla ANYTHING. It makes me especially happy to use vanilla bean paste in baked goods. It makes me so happy to see those little flecks.

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  12. I don't think there's any vanilla flavored foods that I don't love.

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  13. I love vanilla bean ice cream

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  14. It seems that I am like a lot of commenters, I love all things vanilla! If I had to pick a favorite, vanilla bean ice cream would probably win!

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  15. theresa krier2/7/15, 6:43 PM

    I love a very vanilla cake, yum. thanks so much fir the chance to win ! kpkrier@kci.net

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  16. Vanilla is great in so many recipes! Some of my favorites are kosher organic cupcakes, cookies, and vegan ice cream.

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