Puritan’s Pride: Healthy Foods

Puritan’s Pride: Healthy Choices for Healthy People

 Puritans Pride HoneyPuritans Pride SpicesPuritans Pride Almonds

Reviewed by: Nicole


Note:  Puritan’s Pride graciously supplied me with samples of almond flour, honey, cinnamon, roasted almonds, and vanilla extract for review.  No other compensation was received.  The review in this post is honest and my own.


Gift Guide Age Recommendation:­  12+




I am always on the hunt for quality ingredients to use in my kitchen.  I have dropped a pretty penny on oils, spices, and other quality ingredients I can’t find at my local grocery store.  I am also blessed to be friends with some fabulous ladies and gents who have diet restrictions.  Some have celiac, some follow the Paleo diet, some are lactose intolerant, and some are just picky.  The nearest Whole Foods and Trader Joes are each about an hour and a half away from my home, so I tend to stock up.

I can now stop that habit.  Firstly, Puritan’s Pride has products that are excellent.  The almond flour I sampled held up beautifully in baked goods.  The cinnamon was just as good as my really expensive cinnamon that I bought from an online distributor — and Puritan’s Pride’s prices won’t break the bank!  The roasted almonds were a wonderful snack.  And, their honey and vanilla were so good I was looking for excuses to use them!

           Puritans Pride Cinnamon Rolls

I made a batch of paleo cinnamon rolls with my sample goodies.  They turned out amazingly well!  I can’t wait to share them with my friends.  I used The Urban Poser’s Recipe.    Yummy!

Who would like this gift?

I recommend Puritan’s Pride Healthy Foods as a stocking stuffer for the healthy food lover in your life.  Their products would also go great in a gift basket for your favorite athlete, healthy food lover, or friend/family member who has diet restrictions.


Where to Buy

Prices vary depending on item and quantity.   You can peruse their entire catalog online at Puritan’s Pride Healthy Foods   .

Everything’s Coming Up Vanilla Beans….At Nielsen-Massey!

Every baker knows that Nielsen-Massey vanillas are synonymous with quality.  I recently had the opportunity to tour the plant which is located in Waukegan, Il.    From the moment I stepped inside the Nielsen Massey plant, I was hit with the wonderful smell of vanilla.  It was almost enough to make this home baker swoon with delight!  

Matt Nielsen, one of the three Nielsen siblings who now run the operation, was kind enough to take us around the plant.   

Matt Nielsen

Our happy group of foodies donned our white hair nets and stepped into the pristine stainless steel world of vanilla production.  We saw tank after tank processing vanilla extract right in front of us.  Matt explained the origins of the various vanillas Nielsen Massey produces.  One of Nielsen-Massey’s specialties is their single-source vanilla extracts made from beans grown in just one region.  They produce specialized extracts from Mexico, Tahiti and Madagascar — each with a special and unique flavor.    As we stood with the stainless steel tanks in front of us, I was overwhelmed when I saw the crates and crates of whole vanilla beans stacked behind us.  Matt opened one of the crates and passed around a bundle of vanilla beans for us to touch and smell…..


Vanilla beans are the fruit of the vanilla orchid – which must be pollinated by hand in order to produce the vanilla beans.  This is a very time and labor intensive crop and can only be grown in a very limited portion of the world.

Matt Nielsen graciously educated us on the vanilla extract process and also on the history of this century-old , family run company.  He proudly explained that Nielsen uses a “cold extraction” method, with alcohol as a solvent, so different concentrations of alcohol and pure water are added to and then taken off the crushed beans.  The entire process is automated and takes 3 to 5 weeks.   

Matt explained that the home cook should store vanilla out of direct sunlight and heat.  If properly stored, vanilla will last almost indefinitely.  Vanilla beans should be stored at room temperature – never refrigerated.  

 With the holidays fast approaching, check out Nielsen-Massey vanillas and flavorings for your baking needs!   


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 Random.org and announced October 28, 2012.

Winner must email MakeLifeSpecial@Gmail.com  with their name and mailing address.

Note:  Giveaway sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas.


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