Rodelle Summer Sweetstakes – The Winners are….

Last month, we celebrated the close of our biggest giveaway of 2017: The Rodelle & KitchenAid Summer Sweetstakes! We are excited to announce the contest winners today! But first, a big thank you to every single one of you who participated, entered, shared, liked and followed along during the summer! Our team loved your Facebook posts, Instagram and Pinterest follows and Tweets that we saw!!

For each prize level, we shared some great Rodelle gourmet vanilla ingredientsbaking essentials and gourmet seasonings! Here are the remaining Winners from the Rodelle Summer Sweetstakes!

We had winners from our online contest and our Instagram post contests so we’re breaking out our online winners and Instagram winners separately this year.

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April Gupton in Newport News, Virginia

Amy Leach in Columbus, Ohio

Online contest: 1st Place Prize Winners

Janice Cash in Cleveland, Tennessee

Tamara Tanner in Fremont, Nebraska

Brenda Haines in Broadbent, Oregon

Karen Critchley in Victoria, British Columbia

Linda Soma in Quinton, New Jersey

Instagram contest: Grand Prize Winner

Jeanne Hunt in Austin, Texas (@heynanabread)

Instagram contest: 1st Place Prize Winners

Fabiana Feitosa-Suntheimer in North Branford, CT (@fabi_recipes)

Natalie Vandenberghe in Junction City, OR (@lexiquin)

Nicole Zerbini in Quakertown, PA (@nsba919)

Congratulations to all of our winners! We can’t wait to see what you use your ingredients and KitchenAid prizes to make! And, if you didn’t win this round, we’ve got an exciting contest coming your way in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

 

 

Summer Recipe Round Up

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Now that the 4th of July is in the rear-view mirror and the dog days of summer are upon us, we wanted to round up some of our best, and freshest, summer recipes. We’re including a little something for everyone in each course….heavy on the desserts (of course). If we missed any of your favorite Rodelle summer recipes or those from your favorite sites, let us know!

Appetizers and Dips

Rodelle Caprese Salad:  This vanilla twist on a summer classic will have everyone going back for seconds and thirds!

Vanilla Summer Salsa: Stone fruit and melons combine with classic salsa seasonings to delight your tastebuds in this easy, fresh salsa. It’s perfect on chips and your favorite protein!

Tostadas with Guacamole: A delicious snack packed with healthy fats from avocado. We recommend seasoning to your taste and always making extras!

Main Courses

Grilled Salmon Potato & Tomato Kebabs: A recipe for grilled salmon, potato and tomato kebabs seasoned with Herbes de Provence. These are perfect for Summer entertaining!

Sesame Crusted Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken: A favorite dinner go-to, this recipe is easy and foolproof. You can jazz it up by finishing the chicken on a grill, however, it’s tasty perfection in the homemade sauce.

Peach Vanilla Vinaigrette: Of the endless, delicious ways to incorporate peaches into recipes, this Vinaigrette is one of our favorites. Make a big garden salad and drizzle to your heart’s content for a light, summery dinner!

Summer Shrimp Zoodle Bowls: All of our friend Jessica’s favorite summer flavors in a bowl! We bet it’s as delicious as it is beautiful.

Desserts

Fresh Watermelon Popsicles: Literally watermelon, melted chocolate and the prettiest rose petal toppings. Get this light dessert from Broma Bakery for when you want to keep things extra healthy!

Honey & Lemon Thyme Ricotta Ice Cream: This stunning recipe from Snixy Kitchen is our idea of perfection – lightly sweet and served up with vanilla peaches!

Lemon Lime Tartlets: Perfect, individually portioned tarts. We love the mix of tart lemon, subtle lime flavor and that light fluffy meringue!

Homemade Chocolate S’mores: Triple the chocolate and triple the fun! Once you make your own marshmallows, you won’t be able to go back.

Summer Fruit Tart: This no-bake chocolate cashew coconut crusted summer fruit tart is a show stopping beauty featuring your favorite vanilla and chocolate from Rodelle!

Watermelon Mojito Popsicles: These tasty little treats are the PERFECT summer dessert recipe! They are easy to make, delicious, and a great refreshment for any summer event.

Strawberry Rosé Lemonade Popsicles: A perfect summertime treat from Abby at Heart of a Baker, rose lemonade popsicles are sweet, tart, and just a little bit boozy!

Beverages & Cocktails

Mezcal Mango Smash: Fresh herbs, jalapeños, mango and smoky Mezcal Creyente Joven create a smooth, balanced elemental cocktail; the Mezcal Mango Smash created by Vanilla and Bean!

Rodelle Vanilla Mojito: This drink is a new take on the traditional mint mojito recipe! It’s a great combination of refreshing mint, tangy limes, and our smooth vanilla that makes for a simple recipe that is full of flavor.

Lavender Lemonade: Homemade lemonade that is blissfully pink, subtly floral and super refreshing! 

Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe: You don’t have to wait for the chillier temperatures of fall to enjoy your favorite hot cocoa flavor. Mix up our rich and creamy frozen hot cocoa now!

Rodelle Vanilla Day 5K

Now that summer is fully underway, we are excitedly planning for our 3rd Annual Vanilla Day 5K! Dan_Mayor_2016 The 3rd Annual Rodelle Vanilla Day 5K will take place on Saturday, September 23rd!

We are looking forward to a great morning run/walk in celebration of the world’s most popular flavor – vanilla!! If you haven’t followed along for the past few years, here is a little history on the event. We started the Vanilla Day 5K as a fun way to kick off the baking season of Fall and Winter. Because we’re based in Fort Collins, Colorado, one of the most active cities in the US, it seemed natural to combine a healthy outdoor activity with our love for baking. Since the event started, we’ve grown the number of families who join us with kiddos and strollers to start their day with a quick walk or run around south east Fort Collins. We’ve also had fun growing the post-race events! This year, the fabulous KD & The Painkillers will be performing before and after the run, back from 2016! This band definitely adds a lot of great energy and great fun to the event. With some help from several wonderful sponsors, our Vanilla Day 5K is more than your typical run/walk event – we’re able to add in a little extra vanilla love with breweries making special small-batch brews for the event, tastings of vanilla goodies for some fuel after the run and more.

If you’re in Colorado in September, we would love to have you join us for a morning of family-fun, bounce house time, vanilla treats and more! You’ll learn more about vanilla while having a good time! Like…did you know 85% of the world’s vanilla supply comes from Madagascar? The Vanilla Day 5k brings a little more awareness to that country and the hard work of our vanilla farmers. The most fulfilling part of the race for us at Rodelle is that all race proceeds benefit social programs for communities in the vanilla growing regions of Madagascar through the Rodelle Foundation.

Would you like to learn more about the Vanilla Day 5k?

Click here to read all about the event and register!

Click here to download a sponsor document with event contact information: RodelleVanillaDay5k_2017

Rodelle Cinnamon – What’s the Difference?

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We’re already ramping up production for fall baking and cooking at Rodelle! And, we’ve been busy launching our line of Organic Ground Spices, including Turmeric, Ginger and Cinnamon. Because Rodelle now offers two types of Cinnamon, we wanted to demonstrate some of the unique characteristics of each product in this post.

Let’s start with the basics. All varieties of cinnamon are obtained from the inner bark of trees from the genus Cinnamomum – the majority of the world’s cinnamon is produced in Indonesia, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Cinnamon has many uses in sweet and savory foods, and has been used in many different ethnic cuisines for centuries. Many people also have relied on cinnamon for its antioxidant, healing and health properties. You can read more about the health benefits of cinnamon in this article!

The two primary types of Cinnamon in the United States are Cassia and Ceylon. Most of the cinnamon you will find on the shelves is cassia cinnamon which has a notably strong, spicy flavor. Rodelle’s Gourmet Cinnamon Sticks are from the cassia genus and perfect for several baking, cooking and lifestyle applications. Because the cassia cinnamon is much thicker and stronger than ceylon cinnamon, if you want to grind Rodelle Cinnamon Sticks at home, we recommend working in very small batches with a high-powered spice grinder. That being said, we definitely prefer recipes that take advantage of the whole length and unique beauty of the whole cinnamon sticks. Some of our favorite ways to use whole cinnamon sticks: garnish on cupcakes, brewed into a comforting mulled wine, as part of a DIY scent freshener, and simmered in recipes like Apple Butter!

Ceylon Cinnamon is known by many as “true cinnamon” – it is distinctive because of its lighter color, sweeter flavor and lower levels of coumarin – which can be detrimental when consumed in very high quantities. Cinnamon has long been demonstrated to be beneficial when used in moderation for medical purposes (under the guidance of your physician), and many people seek out ceylon cinnamon for this reason. Rodelle Organic Ceylon Cinnamon is conveniently ground and easy to add to your oatmeal, smoothies, cookies, soups and more! We recommend having both types of Cinnamon, whole stick and ground, in your pantry to use in different applications. You can find both products seasonally at select Costco stores, and we’ll have the products available in our Amazon store by the end of the summer!

 

Rodelle + KitchenAid Summer Sweetstakes

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Rodelle is so excited to announce our 2017 Summer Sweetstakes contest with our friends at KitchenAid! We’re running the cool contest from now until July 26th and encourage you to enter as often as you like to increase your chances to win! We’ve designed the contest with more than 10 chances to win all summer long, and there are some great prizes you won’t want to miss! You can enter in many ways – just get started with your email address or Facebook account in the widget on our giveaway page.

In addition to a Rodelle gift basket with all you need to whip up your favorite baked goods and frozen treats, grand prize winners (US-only) will receive and a new 5-Quart Artisan Series KitchenAid Stand Mixer (in your choice of color) and a KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment! We’ve got the website contest up and running now and we hope you will stay tuned for an extra special Instagram contest that will be rolling out in the next week – giving you even more chances to win with Rodelle and KitchenAid!

The Rodelle Summer Sweetstakes is definitely focused on Ice Cream this year, and what a better way to indulge a little this summer than with a scoop of homemade vanilla bean old fashioned ice cream? Our favorite recipe has an easy custard base that is sure to freeze up perfectly each time. And, we throw in a bonus recipe for a homemade vanilla bean ice cream cone. You can save this recipe for later in the summer when the winning prizes have been sent out. If you do that, we definitely recommend this no-churn recipe for homemade blizzards so you won’t miss out on the fun in the meantime! With an edible peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough, you will definitely not miss any of the flavor!

Enjoy, enter often and good luck to you!