Chocolate Silk Pies

2017 valentine's givaway

Sometimes the most decadent things are made of the simplest ingredients. This pie, for example? It’s made of coconut cream, raw cacao, almond flour, maple syrup, cacao nibs, and not much else. The result is a perfectly rich but not-too-sweet chocolate cream seated atop a flaky almond crust, dolloped with coconut whip and a sprinkling nibs. The Chocolate Silk Pies are another home run from our friends at Cake In A Crate! You might remembered that we partnered with them and Broma Bakery at the end of 2016 to create a Double Fudge Brownie Pie?

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and our love of sweets, we are giving away 3 great prizes to help you make something sweet for your sweeties this winter!

One grand prize winner will take home a Baking Kit from Cake In A Crate – you’ll get all the ingredients you need (including pre-portioned Rodelle vanilla extract and baking cocoa!) to make miniature Chocolate Silk Pies!

Two runners-up will receive Rodelle Baking Cocoa and Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract to whip up one of our (or your) favorite recipes with!

Get more details and enter to win before Valentine’s Day by clicking here!

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!