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What makes Friday afternoons even sweeter than they already are? A double-layer double chocolate cake does the trick for us! Our newest Brand Ambassador, Kelly Mikolich, made this lovely creation to showcase the deep, rich flavor of Rodelle Gourmet Baking CocoaKelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats is a great resource for from-scratch baking recipes (like this chocolate layer cake)! Kelly is a self-taught baker with a knack for showing her readers techniques and tips to ensure that even the most novice baker can make her recipes. From staples like cookies and vanilla marshmallows, to decadent cupcakes and everything in between, you’ll be sure to find a recipe that inspires you!

Here’s a little bit of information about the chocolate cake recipe from Kelly:

“This is a super moist, super chocolatey cake that is sure to please the chocolate lovers out there! Buttermilk and coffee are just two of the ingredients in this cake that make this cake amazing! Just like usual, this chocolate cake beats out all the box-mix competition! This cake is easy to mix up and you have pan options too…bake in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan or divide the batter equally into two 9-inch round cake pans. Both take about the same bake time, but always keep an eye on your cake.  You don’t want to over bake a chocolate cake!”

Oh, and don’t miss this post – it comes with a sweet giveaway of Rodelle goodies that you can use to bake up your own treats at home: Rodelle Gourmet Baking CocoaRodelle Vanilla Extract and Rodelle Chocolate Extract! Just be sure to visit Kelly Lynn’s Sweets & Treats by 2/26 to get entered!

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Valentine’s Day is officially over, but we’re still celebrating perfect matches for the rest of the month! We’ve teamed up with Valley Fig Growers to highlight the delicious magic that can be achieved when you combine great ingredients in the right recipes. Cocoa, vanilla extract, and California Figs are a match made in heaven. Two lucky winners will receive either a Rodelle prize pack (by entering the giveaway on Valley Fig’s site) or a bundle of delicious figs (by entering the giveaway on Rodelle’s site).

Both Rodelle and Valley Fig created a series of delicious recipes showcasing how well our products go together to make delicious magic:

Cocoa Fig Jam Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies: These delicious double-chocolate cookies are the perfect vehicle for a subtly chocolatey fig jam dollop. This chocolate fig jam is not overpoweringly chocolate-flavored, so it would also be lovely on a cheese tray or even as a spread on a turkey sandwich!

Chocolate Brie en Croute with Dried Figs: This Brie en croute appeals to both types of people – those who would prefer a sweet treat after dinner and others who go for a cheese plate. Encased in croissant dough, you won’t be disappointed by this stunning dessert’s flavors!

California Fig Chocolate Babka: Bake a loaf of this babka recipe to serve at breakfast as toasted or French toast. You can even serve it for lunch as a peanut butter jelly sandwich! We love the chocolate fig spread that you’ll see in every slice of this perfect loaf developed by The Little Epicurean!

Rustic Vanilla Bean Fig Tartlets: This tart is a delicious blend between tasty figs and sweet Rodelle Vanilla Beans. This simple recipe will produce a dessert that will make any mouth water!

Don’t miss your chance to enter our fun, figgy giveaway!

Enter here for a Valley Fig Growers Prize Pack

Enter here for a Rodelle Prize Pack

All entries must be submitted by midnight on Wednesday, February 28th!

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We’re excited to share a little sneak peek of one of our newest Brand Ambassador’s very delicious recipes. Let’s first take a few minutes to share a little bit about Shamira, the talented voice behind Smiling Notes!

Recipes, travel adventures and restaurant reviews are all available on Shamira’s blog, and we find ourselves being extra motivated to do some serious exploring because of the variety of content! For the home cook, you will find an assortment of recipes – from sweet to savory! It’s obvious that cooking is a passion of Shamira’s and it shows in her creative and delicious recipes. Check out Smiling Notes for everything from smoothie bowls to pie and your newest favorite appetizer.

Ok…let’s talk about truffles. Shamira’s no-bake, extra-rich, truffles had our attention from the first moment we saw them! With a basic, simple, base recipe, these truffles are the perfect outlet to get creative and make these your own – decorate them with large sprinkles, dip them in melted chocolate, or simply roll them in some cocoa powder. The pure chocolate flavors of these truffles pair excellently with red wine for an extra delicious after-dinner treat.

Because the base of these truffles is so basic, only 4 ingredients, it’s important to use the best quality ingredients. Shamira says in her post, “To make these truffles extra rich and heavenly tasting, its crucial to use a great quality cocoa powder. I’ve used Rodelle’s Gourmet Cocoa Baking Powder to achieve that.” We think she made the right call!

Please join us in welcoming Shamira as our newest Ambassador & if you make her no-bake truffles, let us know what you think!

>> Make No-Bake Cocoa Truffles!

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Last month, we celebrated the close of our Welcoming Winter sweepstakes with KitchenAid – and it was challenging to pick the winners from a long list of great participants! We’re excited to share the winners with y’all, but first, a big thank you to every single one of you who participated, entered, shared, liked and followed along during the contest! Our team loved your Facebook posts, Instagram and Pinterest follows and Tweets that we saw!!

For each prize level, we shared some great Rodelle gourmet vanilla ingredientsbaking essentials and gourmet seasonings! Here are the remaining Winners from the Rodelle Welcoming Winter contest!

1st Place Prize Winners

Chad Boyd in Virginia

Elizabeth Resch in Wisconsin

Michael Grammer in Indiana

Geraldlee Verwolf in Texas

Sonya Morris in North Carolina

Steve Weber in Wisconsin

David Lintz in Texas

Cynthia Deadmon in North Carolina

Lauren Peterson in Maryland

Suhair Mohammed in Illinois

Jana Gramaglia in North Carolina

Grand Prize Winners

Dina Lindquist in Michigan

Kaye Newman in Alabama

Kim Shoumaker in Texas

Mary Beth Elderton in Missouri

Congratulations to all of our winners! We can’t wait to see what you use your ingredients and KitchenAid prizes to make! And, if you didn’t win this round, we’ve got an exciting contest coming your way for Valentine’s Day!! Stay tuned!

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The new year is always a great time to kick off new healthy habits – including everything from working on your fitness to cleaning up your eating. After all of the holiday baking and preparing treats for friends and family, you may be accustomed to turning to Rodelle for trusted baking essentials. But, did you know that those baking essentials can also be the cornerstones of flavor that will make your healthy recipes shine?

Rodelle Vanilla Extract is a wonderful flavor enhancer for unsweetened or naturally sweetened recipes, similar to those holiday cookies and candies. Adding vanilla extract is an easy way to flavor unsweetened, plain yogurt for a quick, protein-packed breakfast. Or, try adding a teaspoon to acidic dishes like a hearty and healthy tomato bisque to cut through some of the acidity.

Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa isn’t just for baking! With a superior, all-natural cocoa flavor, your breakfast oatmeal or smoothies can take on an indulgent taste without adding sugar or excess calories. We’re big fans of our low-carb Whipped Cocoa Ricotta with Pears – this is a low-fat calcium and antioxidant rich breakfast option. We serve ours with pears for a hint a sweetness.

Rodelle Pure Almond Extract is a fabulous way to add a sweet flavor to your morning coffee without adding any calories or sugar. If you crave that richness from coffee creamer, you can make your own with this recipe – just substitute 2 teaspoons of Almond Extract in place of the Vanilla Extract!

Lastly, Rodelle Gourmet and Organic Spices and Spice Blends pack on the flavor without a lot of sodium, calories or added sugars. Check out all of our spice offerings to add gourmet flavor to your favorite dishes!

If you’re craving more healthy recipes, follow along in January as we share some of our favorite healthy tips including substitutions and alternate approaches to preparing healthy foods!

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Our last contest of the year with KitchenAid, “Welcoming Winter,” is here! Rodelle wants to help you welcome winter by giving you everything you need to make this season brighter, warmer and more delicious! With our partner, KitchenAid, Rodelle has created a sweepstakes with 15+ chances to win great prizes. In addition to a Rodelle gift basket with all you need to whip up your favorite baked goods and holiday staples, grand prize winners (US-only) will receive and a new Artisan Mini KitchenAid Stand Mixer (in your choice of color) and a KitchenAid Compact Oven!

Rodelle Products

With gourmet baking supplies, the best vanilla on the market, and international spice blends, Rodelle has you covered!

Our products stand out in everything from your most-treasured cookie recipe to your family’s holiday meals. Check out our recipes for your next favorite treat!

KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer

With a 3.5 Qt. bowl to make up to 5 dozen cookies and with over 10 available attachments, the Artisan® Mini stand mixerlets you explore your culinary creativity.

KitchenAid Compact Countertop Oven

Enjoy fast, fresh dishes with full-size oven performance on your countertop. The KitchenAid Compact Ovenboasts convection cooking and 4 pre-set functions.

Rodelle couldn’t be more excited to officially welcome Winter with so many chances for you to win great prizes!! You can enter in many ways – just get started with your email address or Facebook account on this page.

Entries are open every day from now until January 7, 2018 – enter as often as you can to increase your chances to win!

Good luck!

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We’ve rounded up our favorite holiday recipes, from savory to sweet, to help inspire your Thanksgiving menus! We wish we could help with the errands, trip(s) to the grocery store and getting the food ready…but, the next best thing is sharing ALL of our favorite recipe ideas in one place to make it super easy to plan and plot!

Savory

Turkey!!! – With a little boost from Rodelle’s Gourmet Turkey Brine, this bird couldn’t be juicier!

Baked Brie with Apple Cranberry Compote appetizer – This flaky pastry is filled with some of our favorite things: cheese, apples, cranberries, and vanilla beans. This is a show-stopper appetizer and your crowd will love it!

Cranberry Kale Salad with Vanilla Cranberry Vinaigrette – Deliciously easy, healthy and satisfying. Your vegetarian guests will love this as a main, and you can easily keep leftovers handy to go with turkey on Black Friday as a healthy re-energizing salad.

Butternut Squash Vanilla Dauphinoise – A delicate, delicious mix of butternut squash, vanilla and Gruyere cheese. The perfect side to impress and delight!

Vanilla Bean Challah Bread – Our twist on tradition! This Challah is perfect to soak up gravy with!

Vanilla Bean Butter – Perfect on rolls (especially our homemade sweet potato rolls), mashed potatoes and more.

Pumpkin Gnudi with Vanilla Bean Brown Butter – Delicious, savory and pillowy pumpkin ricotta gnocchi (gnudi) tossed in a vanilla bean brown butter sauce with fried sage.

Hasselback Sweet Potato with Whipped Vanilla Bean Butter – Baked sweet potato meets homemade potato chips. Take your sweet potatoes over the edge this year by whipping some Rodelle Vanilla Beans into your butter and top away!

Vanilla Bean Sweet Potato Gratin – This savory baked sweet potato dish is the perfect side for your Thanksgiving dinner – the spiced hazelnuts and vanilla bean put it over the top!

Green Salad with Persimmons, Pomegranates, Blue Cheese and Cinnamon-infused Dressing – The jewel-tone colors and the balanced flavors of sweet-tart, slightly tangy edge of the blue cheese, and the subtle heat of cinnamon make this salad a stand out addition to your gourmet meals.

Turmeric Roasted Potatoes and Carrots – Turmeric adds an exotic earthiness to this simple roasted vegetable recipe. Serve with any meat dish to make a hearty meal.

Corn Bread Dressing – Our flavor rich turkey brine mix perfectly compliments this stuffing. Dried apples, cranberries, allspice, peppercorns, and other spices add a rich aroma and flavor to this Thanksgiving favorite.

Vanilla Bean Brussels Sprouts –  This is the perfect side-dish when you want to impress. The flavors just work so well together you’re going to be making this simple, yet elegant recipe often!

Sweet

Cranberry Pear Vanilla Jam – All of the wonderful flavors of fall, perfectly balanced with sweet vanilla beans – slather this on everything from rolls to turkey!

Vanilla Bean Cranberry Sauce – Vanilla bean, cranberry, orange zest…all of our favorite things in one cranberry sauce that will definitely rival the competition!

Pumpkin Flan – A delicious, single-serve option that tastes just like pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie – The perfect level of sweetness – a little pumpkin and a little sweet potato – this pie is where it is at!

Vanilla Pecan Pie – Made with the best vanilla extract, this pecan pie is perfectly sweet and nutty!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake – The perfect dessert recipe for any holiday meal! It’s a delicious combination of drizzled caramel sauce, sweet Rodelle Vanilla, and mouthwatering cheesecake. Don’t miss this one!

Pumpkin Spice Tartlets – Perfect individual serving size with a delicious pumpkin flavor! Why bake the whole pumpkin pie when you can have a mini tart?

Spiced Poached Pear Gingerbread Cheese Cake – This cheesecake features Rodelle Wassail Mulling Spices and Vanilla Beans. It is simply elegant, festive, and delicious.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies – There are dozens of ways to use Rodelle Pumpkin Spice Extract, but these mouth watering, crispy-chewy bites just might be our favorite.

Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie – A holiday treat, this Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie is dairy and egg free with a hint of molasses, maple and a taste of bourbon – and of course vanilla extract!

Cranberry Pecan Braided Bread – This Cranberry Pecan Braided Bread is festive and a beautiful spotlight of seasonal flavors. Enjoy it with the vanilla glaze and maybe even a little extra vanilla bean butter!

So…are your grocery shopping lists ready yet? Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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In the Fall, we love to come back to our kitchens and get baking! With kiddo’s potlucks, Halloween parties, and weekends filled with football + tailgating, this is the perfect time to sharpen your skills before serious holiday baking! We’ve got plenty of easy fall recipes to tempt your taste buds and help you ease back into the kitchen. One of the easiest ways to get back to the kitchen routine is with a tried-and-true no bake recipe. We recommend our: Oreo Truffles – all decorated for Halloween, Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Sauce, and Vanilla Bean Candied Apples to name a few.

One of our favorite things about baking in the fall is all of the gorgeous, seasonal produce. From prime-time apples, to juicy pears, and (finally) pumpkin and other hearty squashes, there’s nothing like experimenting with a new recipe and new fruit or veggie. Trust us, the amount of flavor and hearty comfort that can be found in combining great ingredients with just the right piece of produce is unparalleled. Here are some of our favorite recipes showcasing the best fall flavors:

Pumpkin Pop Tarts with Vanilla Bean Glaze: An incredible recipe flavored with all-natural ingredients. Sure to be a fan-favorite.

Vanilla Bean Apple Bread Pudding: Simple and sure to please! This semi-homemade recipe comes together quick and the fresh apple flavor really shines.

Gluten-Free Almond Oat Pear Cake: A light, gluten-free cake packed with almond and vanilla flavor – topped off with delicious poached pears and an almond chantilly!

Vanilla Dutch Apple Pie: Nothing gets more American than this – gooey apple filling baked into a crumbly vanilla crust. Perfect for any occasion!

We would love to hear what your favorite recipes for fall are! In the meantime, check out our seasonal baking products! Vanilla beans and whole cinnamon sticks are great additions to your pantry for fall baking! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Rodelle items for the season to help you entertain, whip up something fabulous and maximize the flavor in your life.

Wassail mulling spice
Gourmet turkey brine
Whole cinnamon sticks
Pumpkin Spice Extract

Flavor matters! We promise you will love the premium quality of Rodelle’s special fall product line.

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The third annual Rodelle Vanilla Day 5K is officially in the books! We had an amazing turn out and some incredible support for the event and couldn’t be happier with the results. First, we need to say a huge thank you to our sponsors who made the event happen! The Eye Center of Northern Colorado joined for the first year as our presenting sponsor – and brought with them over 25+ runners and walkers on their team “Eyes Eyes Baby”! Our Corporate Sponsors came with support from Front Range Insurance Group, Cigna, and Employment Solutions – all wonderful partners of the Rodelle team. And, we can’t forget our super our community sponsors, the Fort Collins Running Club and Colorado in Motion. A big, heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our sponsors who donated to the Rodelle Vanilla Day 5k – the proceeds are all going to be used to benefit social programs for communities in the vanilla growing regions of Madagascar through the Rodelle Foundation.

Let’s take a minute to also thank all of the 200+ runners and walkers who took the time out of their busy weekends to join us on our 3.1 mile course in Fort Collins! We loved seeing all of the first-time runners, and the veteran speedsters out on the course. We had several families who joined us, and that’s what the Vanilla Day 5k is all about – enjoying those who love and burning a couple of extra calories during the delicious fall baking season.

For the 21+ crowd, we had a generous offering of vanilla-infused beer from 3 of our favorite northern Colorado breweries: a Key Lime Pie Berliner from WeldWerks Brewery, an Orange Creamsicle from Snowbank Brewing and an Orange Vanilla Ale from the Colorado State University Brewing Program – all were immensely enjoyed (responsibly).

For the kiddos, we had a bounce house and fun-run obstacle course. It was a great joy to see 30+ youngsters running with parents or solo. We also had several participants in the full-length 5K from elementary school. Start ’em young!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored, supported, volunteered, played music at, participated in, and made the Vanilla Day 5K a success this year!!

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Mama V is the author and creative baker and chef over at Snowflakes & Coffee Cakes! We’ve been working with Diane all summer this year and it’s been a delicious partnership! We are excited to officially announce that Diane is our newest Rodelle Brand AmbassadorDiane’s site is the place to find family favorite and kitchen-tested quality recipes! We love the approach she takes on Snowflakes and Coffeecakes to balance easily approachable, timeless classics, and over-the-top delicious creations! From sweet to savory, you’ll be sure to find your next favorite dish on Snowflakes and Coffeecakes.

Diane has a great Rodelle giveaway going on right now, including our limited edition Rodelle Reserve Pure Madagascar Bourbon 2-Fold Vanilla Extract! We made less than 2000 of these hand-crafted and hand-bottled beauties! Diane’s sharing a 3 part recipe for Golden Caramel Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream and they are as delicious as the sound – trust us!! To sweeten the giveaway even more, Diane is adding in the cute decorating ingredients you need to make your cupcakes look as delicious as they taste. We love all the gold shimmery sprinkles!! The giveaway ends on August 31st so hop over to Diane’s site before then to get entered!

And, if you love to eat (and who doesn’t!?), save Diane’s blog for dinner recommendations and desserts you will use again and again!

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