Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract- Win it! {closed}

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Ten things you didn’t know about me and vanilla:

10. I’ve always and forever bought imitation vanilla extract.

9. I stare at those pretty dark brown bottles of real vanilla with longing.

8. I am horrible at spending money *cue Husband’s cheering* so I always buy the cheapest of everything (including vanilla).

7. My mom baked with imitation vanilla extract and I still had a happy childhood.

6. I recently bought real vanilla extract at my grocery store and I was giddy with anticipation. I hated it.

5. I baked 3 things with the grocery store vanilla before I gave up and threw it away.

4. I contacted Wild Bean Vanilla Company and confessed my imitation vanilla extract sins and my real vanilla extract dislike and asked if there is a 12 step program for real vanilla extract drop outs.

3. The people at Wild Bean Vanilla promised to convert me and said that the problem is that grocery store vanilla is aged for 2 weeks, while hand crafted vanilla is aged for 2 months.

2. I have been baking with their Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract all week…and I LOVE it! Sweet success! My buttercream just got even more awesome. Oh yeah.

1. Wild Bean Vanilla Company is letting me share my new found vanilla-love with you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a 4oz bottle of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract to sample. I was not paid for a positive review and all opinions are 100% my own.

- Katrina

109 Responses to “Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract- Win it! {closed}”

  1. #
    Emilie Proctor — April 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Awesome giveaway!

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    Kristy — April 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    yum! cant wait to win and try this vanilla 🙂

  3. #
    bakedbyrachel — April 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    How awesome is this?! Would love to try it.

  4. #
    Laura — April 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I have never tried the real stuff. Always the cheap imitation stuff. Sometimes I even buy the dollar store vanilla…

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    amy marantino — April 13, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    i would love to win this prize

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    Christi K — April 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    The vanilla extracts at Trader Joe are really good and cheap but my favorite is the vanilla I get when on vacation in Mexico.

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    aileen — April 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I never knew the grocery store vanillas were only aged 2 weeks!!
    I would love to try the Wild Bean Vanilla!!

  8. #
    lexiquin — April 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I use Vanilla on a daily basis–I would love to win this fabulous prize. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. #
    Tania — April 13, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I love Madagascar vanilla and I have always used real vanilla. I'm glad you discovered the goodness. 🙂

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    Theresa — April 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    lol I loved reading all ten of those. I use the vanilla extract from wilton from michaels and I like that one. But I always used imitation for a long long time. Even when I grew up watching my mom and grandma and friends bake they used it as well so I know how you feel xD

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    Sugar and Stitches — April 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    I have always use grocery store vanilla. I would love to see the differences between the two..

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    Erin — April 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I hate vanilla so much (imitation, real, whatever) that I am not even going to bother to enter the giveaway. I wish I could learn to like it because it really limits my consumption of baked goods- if there's even a drop in something, I can tell. So, good luck everyone else (you're crazy for wanting to win this stuff! just kidding).

  13. #
    Amy J — April 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Mmmm…sounds great!

  14. #
    Mrs. Schmid — April 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    What a great giveaway! Hope to try it!

  15. #
    Heidi Leanne — April 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Ok – I admit I too am an imitation vanilla lover. I would love to try this and have my mind blown as to what I've been missing my whole life. 🙂

  16. #
    Shari — April 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Hope I win, I'm a vanilla junkie!

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    Tara @ChipChipHooray — April 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Oh my gosh…thank God I'm not the only one who buys the cheap stuff. I've been hiding my sins, too!
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    Javelin Warrior — April 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    lol I love that you convinced them to let you sample a bottle of their vanilla! And once I left home, I never used imitation vanilla extract. But you're right – there really can be a HUGE difference between different quality levels of vanilla and I'm so glad you finally found one that makes you happy 🙂
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  19. #
    spiffycookie — April 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    So glad you have seen the light! I actually make my own extract but I love trying different varieties that use different beans.
    My recent post Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Balsamic & Brown Sugar

  20. #
    ChiTown Girl — April 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    I love pure vanilla. Pampered Chef has an awesome vanilla extract. I would LOVE to try this one!

  21. #
    Karie — April 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Wow I didn't realize that grocery store vanilla was only aged 2 weeks.

  22. #
    crystal — April 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Great givaway! I could really use this!!

  23. #
    Stacy — April 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I'm a vanilla extract snob–so I would love to win this!

  24. #
    bettyagnes — April 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Just in time.. my bottle of vanilla extract is almost empty! 🙂

  25. #
    Marlyn Adames — April 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Great product!

  26. #
    emily — April 13, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I don't use any other vanilla–this is the best.

  27. #
    Jess — April 13, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Wow! I had no idea there was a difference! Thanks for sharing!

  28. #
    Jill — April 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I've never tried the real stuff!

  29. #
    Jenny — April 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I love real vanilla extract – and make my own. If you want – I'll send you a fancy bottle and a stash of fresh vanilla beans and you can make your own! But I wouldn't mind winning some too!
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  30. #
    Jenny — April 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I will tweet now – @icywit
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  31. #
    Jenny — April 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I follow you on Facebook – and I will follow Wild Bean – I think this raffle thing messed me up – I'm sorry if something is posted twice. Please delete duplicates.
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  32. #
    MaryB — April 13, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Love, love, love vanilla! This is a great give away.

  33. #
    joanna — April 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Pick me! pick me

  34. #
    Claudia — April 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Wow. This looks great!

  35. #
    Camille — April 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Awesome giveaway! I would be interested in trying it. I've always used imitation vanilla extract, but recently bought McCormick brand (in bulk at BJ's) "real vanilla" and I definitely like it better than the imitation! Would love to try some of the really good stuff!
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  36. #
    Teresina — April 13, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I love vanilla extract & would love to win a bottle of it.

  37. #
    Carley — April 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I also have only bought imitation vanilla, I would love to try the real stuff!!

  38. #
    Tracy — April 13, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    nice.. I need this!

  39. #
    sandy Lasher — April 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Always wanted to try Madagascar vanilla, Would love to try it, I would love to win it!!!

  40. #
    Elizabeth — April 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    You can never have too much vanilla extract it seems!
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  41. #
    Brandy — April 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I love madagascar vanilla! Thanks!

  42. #
    Michelle — April 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I've always used real vanilla (not grocery store) but I'm still looking for the perfect one. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. #
    Laura — April 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    It would be fantastic if I won this because I'm almost out of my industrial-sized Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract that I bought just before Christmas. I've been using real vanilla for years and have become quite the extract snob…

  44. #
    Elizabeth — April 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    I've always wanted to try baking with Madagascar Vanilla Extract. This is a great giveaway! ^_^
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  45. #
    Abby — April 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I use real vanilla for "fancy" desserts, but keep the imitation stuff around for other things. I'd really like to try this!

  46. #
    Erin — April 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Awesome giveaway! My fingers are crossed =o)
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  47. #
    Kim — April 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I use imitation vanilla too! But I would love to try some good real vanilla.

  48. #
    Maureen — April 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Make the recipe I found on your site for the World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever tonight. Wish I had the vanilla extract now… WOOT!

  49. #
    Andrea — April 14, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Would love to win…I love baking with real vanilla!

  50. #
    Martha P. — April 14, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I would love to try this delicious sounding vanilla!!

  51. #
    judy f — April 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Sounds delicious. I was lucky enough to have a great coworker which brought me a huge bottle of Spanish vanilla. Would love to try this one

  52. #
    Elizabeth — April 14, 2012 at 1:11 am

    Wow I'm so glad to hear that you like it. I haven't had to chance to order a bottle yet, but I think I would become a quick convert. That said it would be even better to have the chance to try a free bottle. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    anna — April 14, 2012 at 1:46 am

    love to win

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    haniela — April 14, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I've been using Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla for years and I love it! Great to hear you are enjoying it too.
    Happy Baking.
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  55. #
    Becca — April 14, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I grew up on imitation vanilla too, but unlike you, once I tried the real thing, I was hooked like a 10' walleye! 🙂
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    amanda @ fake ginger — April 14, 2012 at 2:42 am

    You crack me up! Two Christmases ago, my mom gave me a ton of homemade vanilla and now grocery store vanilla tastes like poo to me. I would love to win so I could kick my yucky vanilla to the curb!
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  57. #
    Karey Smith — April 14, 2012 at 2:49 am

    I love vanilla and I've never tried this kind before.

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    @sharonjo2 — April 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I love point #8 above! My mom always used the imitation stuff, except when she made ice cream. Then she only the real thing. What a treat!! Thanks for the great giveaway.
    sharonjo at gwtc dot net

  59. #
    Sue — April 14, 2012 at 2:55 am

    My mom always used imitation vabnilla, but she didn't bake too often. I have used pure vanilla for years and I love it!
    My recent post Strawberry Sugar Cookies

  60. #
    Kim — April 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Awesome giveaway.

  61. #
    Kesha — April 14, 2012 at 3:16 am

    I have been wanting to try this vanilla! I hope I win;)

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    rusthawk — April 14, 2012 at 3:27 am

    I do hereby swear I am *not* a vanilla snob but I sure do love the good stuff! 🙂

  63. #
    Ann — April 14, 2012 at 3:33 am

    i've been a real vanilla girl for a while now…there's nothing like the good stuff!
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  64. #
    Jacqui — April 14, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Yum! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  65. #
    Shelly — April 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I always used to buy imitation vanilla as well because I hate forking out so much money for it…but I just recently ordered some Madagascar bourbon vanilla and loved it!

  66. #
    Stephanie — April 14, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I would love to try a high quality vanilla extract! I've been wanting to for a while, but I go through so much vanilla I can't handle paying a lot either.
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    Julie @White Lights — April 14, 2012 at 4:02 am

    I usually buy the store brand vanilla. I've always wondered if the fancy vanillas are really that much better. It sounds like they are. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway!
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  68. #
    Amy — April 14, 2012 at 4:49 am

    YOUR SOOOOOOOO AWESOME, KATRINA! I found your site a few mounts ago & I have hook since! I have always cooked with imitation vanilla, until my hubby took over learning how to bake & cook awesome meals! We are vanilla snobs FOR SURE! We have use the madagascar vanilla once! IT's was AWESOMEEEE!

    I LOVE WHAT YOU DO! I have made lots of your recipes!! Keep it up!!

  69. #
    Averie — April 14, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Vanilla is my BFF. I LOVE IT!!!!
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  70. #
    Sarah L — April 14, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I love the flavor of vanilla! I'd love to try this brand.

  71. #
    Teenage Girl Cooks — April 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

    My personal favourite vanilla product at the moment is vanilla bean paste! 🙂 My wallet doesn't like it so much though :/

  72. #
    KenniBakes — April 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I remember the first time I used Madagascar vanilla. It was like the heavens opened up and a choir began to sing!

  73. #
    Joan — April 14, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Would love to try this vanilla!

  74. #
    Diane Riedel — April 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Would love to try this product. Great giveaway!

  75. #
    doris — April 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Good quality vanilla makes a big difference . I've used off brand vanilla in the past which eneded with the dessert being thrown out.

  76. #
    Bonnie M — April 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Great giveaway! I just love vanilla and would be more than happy to try a new one!

  77. #
    Corisa — April 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I'm the same way! I need to splurge on a bottle !

  78. #
    Terry — April 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Nana Terry :
    Would love to try since I bake so much for my grandsons !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  79. #
    Dawn — April 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I would love to try madagascar vanilla. I'm like you I don't like spending the extra money on products unless I love it. I hope I get the opportunity to see if I'll love it ; )
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    Erin B — April 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    hurray for vanilla! next on my to do list is vanilla bean buttercream.

  81. #
    Wendy — April 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I want awesome buttercream too!

  82. #
    Jan R — April 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I would love to try this vanilla…PLEASE!

  83. #
    Amanda Thompson — April 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I love vanilla extract ~ this looks wonderful to try!

  84. #
    elsellin — April 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Yeah! Glad you have been converted! Love pure vanilla!

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    Rose @ Rose Bakes — April 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I hate to say it out loud, as a professed baker and cake decorator, but I too am (cheap) an imitation vanilla user. I'd LOVE to try some good stuff!!

  86. #
    Cindy Battle — April 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I heard about Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract, I would love to try it.

  87. #
    Stephanie — April 15, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Thank you for this giveaway! I used to get my vanilla at Marshall's, but they have not had it in ages! I would like to give this brand a go.

  88. #
    Julie — April 15, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I'd love to try this!

  89. #
    Anne H — April 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I have been using Tones for years. This would be a treat. Thanks for the chance.

  90. #
    cara — April 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    great giveaway!
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  91. #
    Kimiko — April 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I love baking with real vanilla, but I've never heard of the Wild Bean brand! I'd love to win and try them out! 🙂

  92. #
    Debbi Hook — April 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I admit to be a vanilla extract and vanilla bean addict – and I don't want a 12 step program!!! I've had homemade vanilla extract "going" in the same bottle for years…I just add more alcohol and more beans whenever I think it needs to be done. I love vanilla beans, vanilla bean paste, and vanilla extract. I search ingredients to make sure there is nothing in there but alcohol and vanilla beans. I'm ecstatic to find a company like Wild Bean…just the type I like to support. I'd love to win, but I'm a winner already because I have a new source for quality vanilla!
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  93. #
    Evelyn Charleen — April 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    With the cost of everyday, We have to "Make=do" with what we have . I'm sure this Vanilla would make a difference….

  94. #
    donna — April 16, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I would sooo love to win this! A friend brought me back a bottle of Mexican Vanilla from a trip to Mexico and I am hooked on real vanilla!

  95. #
    Dianna — April 16, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    wow- it is fiannly going to let me leave a comment! I have had so much trouble getting to the comment section. Has anyone else had that problem? Anyway.. I am probably too late for this give-away, but happy that I can finally communicate!!

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    Currer Bell — April 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Did someone say bourbon?

    I converted from imitation to regular vanilla extract years ago, but it is still the grocery store version. Haven't had the fancy kind. *batting eyelashes*

  97. #
    Leah Z — April 16, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    This sounds delicious!

  98. #
    Leanne — April 16, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I LOVE Vanilla, it doesn't matter what I'm baking it goes in!

  99. #
    Balot — April 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

    excited to try it :D…

  100. #
    Kristen — April 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    YUM! I'd love to win this and have an excuse to bake!

  101. #
    Comfort of Cooking — April 17, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Oooh, this looks wonderful! Great giveaway, Katrina! I'm just about empty on vanilla extract… it doesn't last long in this house.

  102. #
    Amy — April 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I wonder how the vanilla I buy in Mexico compares. I love the stuff but I love anything remotely vanilla-y. I'd like to try this Madagascar stuff!

  103. #
    Cori — April 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    I would love to try the Wild Bean Vanilla!

  104. #
    girlwithpaper — April 19, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Woah. Bourbon vanilla? I'm salivating at the the mere thought of it.

  105. #
    Tiffany — April 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I have had real vanilla few times but never this brand. And, it was probably old. So I would LOVE to try this. Mmmmm!
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  106. #
    Theresa Sea — April 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    i started making my own home-made Madagascar vanilla extract in December, and haven't looked back since! 🙂 There's something wonderful about real vanilla bean specks in your vanilla.

  107. #
    Apron Appeal — April 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I'm almost out of vanilla. This giveaway is perfect timing for me (if I win. 🙂
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  108. #
    nic010205 — April 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    ooo I'm glad you found a vanilla extract you like. welcome to the big leagues! ha 🙂
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  109. #
    Kelsey — April 26, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I'm so glad you've converted. Genuine vanilla extract is heavenly!

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