Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and Flavoring Review

As you all know, I LOVE to bake and I was thrilled when I was asked to review the Nielsen-Massey Vanillas and Flavorings.  Nielsen Massey has been known as a producer of  top quality vanillas for over a century.  The company was founded in 1907.  They have always been, and still are, a family-owned business and are now run by the third generation of the Nielsens.  The line of Nielsen Massey products is extensive – with vanillas from Madagasar, Tahiti and Mexico;  vanilla powders, sugars and pastes and  flavorings including pure chocolate extract, pure almond extract, pure orange extract, pure coffee extract – just to name a few.  My daughter, Nicole, uses the Nielsen Massey Vanilla paste and absolutely loves it.   Whatever your baking needs — Nielsen Massey has a flavoring or vanilla for you!

I decided to use the Nielsen Massey  Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla and bake my Mom’s Old Fashioned Pecan Pie.   For the complete recipe, click here:  Vickie’s Mom’s Old Fashioned Pecan Pie.   This recipe has been in my family for years but I have to say it tasted even better with the Nielsen Massey Madagascar Vanilla! 

To watch the step by step tutorial video on how to make this recipe featuring the Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla, Click here:  Vickie’s Mom’s Old Fashioned Pecan Pie

I have only started playing with the other samples they sent me:  Pure Almond Extract, Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract, Pure Chocolate Extract and Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract, but I am amazed at how much each one adds to a recipe. 

The Nielsen Massey website has lots of information about all of their products and a wonderful section packed full of great recipes.  If you want to get inspired, click here to check out their recipe section:  Nielsen Massey Recipes.  Here you will see recipes ideas from appetizers and baked goods to drinks and entrees.  My favorite was the Ribs with Smoky Vanilla BBQ Sauce!

And speaking of recipes, Nielsen Massey has a great new cookbook out :  A Century of Flavor  Nielsen Massey Vanillas.  It is a beautiful cookbook with tons of full color pictures and many delicious recipes.  I can’t wait to try the Vanilla Caramel Corn Crunch this weekend!

Cooking and baking is so enjoyable for me and I love to use quality products.  The Nielsen Massey line of vanillas and flavorings will help you create all kinds of flavorful foods!

Thank you to Wilkspr for the Nielsen Massey gift set which I received in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other manner.  The opinions expressed above are my own.


Nielsen Massey Vanilla and Cookbook Giveaway

This contest is now closed

I LOVE to bake!  Here’s my Old Fashioned Pecan Pie —hot out of the oven.  I used the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure  Vanilla Extract in my pecan pie and you can really taste the difference!    I have learned that it is so important to use quality ingredients in your recipes because that one tip makes a big difference in the success of your finished product.  

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas are premium vanilla products that are known worldwide.  They have always been, and still are, a family-owned business and are now run by the third generation of the Nielsens.  The line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include:  Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste ( which my daughter, Nicole, absolutely loves) ; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and Certified Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Beans.  They also have an amazing line of pure flavors:  Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract,  Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water.  Whatever your baking needs — Nielsen – Massey has a flavoring or extract for you!

Nielsen-Massey also has a cookbook, A Century of Flavor Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.   I read cookbooks like some people read novels and this cookbook took me on a journey of exciting flavors and dishes.  It is packed with 50 delicious recipes and full-page color pictures of every dish!  Just reading the book made my mouth water  with recipes like Vanilla Apple Pudding, Savory Pork Tenderloin, Vanilla-Infused Balsamic Vinaigrette and Vanilla Caramel Corn Crunch!

One lucky Make Life Special reader will win a Nielsen-Massey Gift Set:

2 oz Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

2 oz Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract

2 oz Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract

2 oz Pure Almond Extract

2 oz Pure Chocolate Extract

A Century of Flavor cookbook

Win it!!!


To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the “Speak Your Mind” section at the bottom of this post:

” What is your favorite recipe you bake using vanilla?”

Maybe it’s your grandma’s recipe for sugar cookies or your favorite pie or cake recipe.  Whatever bakery creation that makes  your taste buds dance with delight, please share!


One entry per person, please.

Giveaway starts Tuesday October 16, 2012.

Giveaway ends Saturday October 27, 2012 at 8pm CST.

The winner will be chosen by and announced October 28, 2012.

Winner must email  with their name and mailing address.

Note:  Giveaway sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.


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