An Update and Pictures from Madagascar

Today we thought it would be fun to share some scenes from Madagascar – the source of ~90% of the world’s vanilla beans are from.

Many people think that saffron is the world’s most labor-intensive crop however vanilla beans are also very complex crops. Of 25,000-30,000 orchid species, vanilla is the only one that produces an edible fruit, and each orchid must be hand pollinated within 24 hours of blossoming. Vanilla farmers are often plighted with weather conditions and complex supply chains. We closely monitor market conditions in the growing regions, and we strive to source consistently priced vanilla products of superior quality.

Vanilla market conditions have deteriorated to their worst levels since 2002 with no natural disasters to blame. Speculation, high demand and low supply have all caused the price of vanilla beans to sharply rise and prices are now approaching 13-year highs with the completion of the Madagascar harvest in 2016. Madagascar represents 90% of the world’s vanilla beans and therefore can easily drive up prices in the marketplace.

Rodelle is working toward the future by inserting ourselves deeper into the vanilla-growing regions by working directly with farmer cooperatives that will eliminate extraneous costs. It is going to take time for conditions in the vanilla market to improve. Rodelle is committed to doing our part to make an impact by becoming fully sustainable in the vanilla growing regions. We are working very hard to lessen the impact of this price surge and are doing what we can to help improve prices. In the meantime, Rodelle will continue our 80-year tradition of creating quality vanilla products.

Gift It With Rodelle – winners and recap

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We had so many great entries and contestants who came out and entered the Gift It With Rodelle contest! With entries from 10+ different countries, and over 3,000 people entering to win, we had an exciting time closing up the contest! First, we’d like to thank our co-hosts, KitchenAid, for sharing in the fun of our last contest of the year. Without their great products, bakers everywhere would have some really tired arms.

Let’s get on with the big announcements!

Congratulations to Mary Beth in St. Louis, Missouri for taking home our grand prize! Mary Beth will receive a set of Rodelle baking essentials and gourmet spice blends as well as the KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer and 3-piece pasta roller and cutter attachment set! Mary Beth’s sister, Karin in Indiana will receive the same prizes!

Our 5 1st place winners are:

  • Thresha in Florida who is sharing her prizes with a friend.
  • Tammy in Nevada – sharing her prizes with a friend.
  • Daniel in Florida whose second set of prizes are going to Grandma!
  • Kim in Texas who is sharing with her friend.
  • Beth in Washington whose sister is the lucky recipient of some Rodelle goodies!

Congratulations again to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who shared, participated, entered, commented and liked our contest! Keep your eyes open for some exciting things coming your way from Rodelle in 2017!

 

The Best Breakfast Ideas

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We love the holidays for a number of reasons, but towards the top of our list has to be the big family breakfasts that linger throughout the morning…it’s the best feeling to make up a big breakfast and enjoy the food (and a few mugs of hot coffee) with our overnight guests. We put together our list of top breakfast treats for your inspiration – just our favorite sweet breads and rolls to keep things simple and let your hearty, savory recipes shine!

Muffins – maybe the most traditional breakfast bread, our muffin recipes are easy, delicious and add an extra special touch to your morning meal (and they’re a great grab-and-go option if you’re hitting the road early to see family out of town!).

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – We’ve added our Rodelle Vanillas to these muffins which transports the flavors in this recipe from tempting to tantalizing. These may just be the most enticing muffins you’ve ever eaten.

Gluten-Free Mexican Chocolate Buckwheat Muffins – Buckwheat flour, cinnamon, cayenne and Rodelle’s Organic Baking Cocoa make these muffins warm and spicy, rich an earthy. We love them with our morning coffee (and all day long really).

Lemony Coffee Cake Muffins – Indulge in these light and lemony muffins! Our lemon extract and vanilla are the perfect combination of flavors to enhance these deliciously plump blueberries (frozen berries are great here)!

Vanilla Apple Streusel Muffins – These Vanilla Apple Streusel Cupcakes are so simple to make. Not to mention, they really are the perfect combination of spices to enhance the delicious apple flavor! Great recipe with end-of season apples!

Raspberry White Chocolate Muffins – Decadent, delightful, delicious, and down-right yummy. We have made these with frozen strawberries (thawed and chopped) and they work great!

Coffee Cakes and Breads – We’re big fans of recipes that can be prepped family-style and these breads and coffee cakes are just the ticket!

Strudel with Apples and Cranberries – The challenge of making strudel is overshadowed by absolutely delicious results. We added vanilla bean and extract, and some cranberries to the mix. Nontraditional, yet sensational!

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!

Pumpkin Spice Streusel Bread – Pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice extract and a homemade streusel topping add to this amazing coffee cake.

Rolls – There’s something so satisfying and warming about rolls – perfectly sized and always tempting.

Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls – Wake up to the divine flavor of cinnamon and vanilla in only 90 minutes. Not only that, but we glazed our rolls to give them an over-the-top gooeyness factor.

Sweet Potato Rolls – Serve these amazing dinner rolls with Rodelle’s Vanilla Bean Butter! Perfect for any occasion!

The Perfect Spreads:

Vanilla Bean Apple Butter – Slow-cooked apples with sugar, spices and yummy vanilla bean. Serve with scones, toast, crumpets, pork, yogurt, cheddar cheese and crackers, gingerbread, oh … the list is endless!

Vanilla Bean Butter – We made this yummy butter to serve with our Sweet Potato Rolls. The uses, however, are endless! Spread on waffles or pancakes, melt over your favorite foods, and more!

 

Get Holiday Cookie Inspiration Here!

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We are so excited to launch our inspiring list of Holiday Cookie recipes that some of our fabulous Rodelle Brand Ambassadors create with Rodelle ingredients!  We’re adding recipes every day for the next 3 weeks to help you come up with the perfect cookies for Santa!

Check out a few of the cookies our Brand Ambassadors whipped up and visit this link for all of the recipes – we’re updating it daily!!

Happy Baking and have fun dreaming up your holiday cookies!