Friday, December 14, 2012

SGSG-Baking with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas and Flavors!!

I love baking. And cooking. In fact, any time I can spend in the kitchen either concocting a new recipe, or bringing back an old family favorite, is perfect. I recently told someone that if I ever had the chance to start my own business, I would start a bakery/deli. Homemade breads for the sandwiches, all kinds of tasty baked goods...that would be awesome! However, while I don't (and probably never will) own a bakery, I do get to experiment in our own little kitchen quite a bit. One flavor I've been playing around with a lot lately is peppermint. All kinds of goodies you can make with peppermint! That's why I was excited when given the chance to try out some Nielsen-Massey Vanilla and Flavor Extracts!

I received a set of 4 extracts from Nielsen-Massey; Vanilla, Chocolate, Peppermint and Almond. The Peppermint got first use, as I had been dying to try a mocha brownie recipe, but trade out the mocha flavoring and frosting for peppermint. I was a little uncertain about how much of the extract to use, but by checking out other recipes, and a little bit of taste-testing on the batter (yeah, that was a hard job :) I was satisfied with the results. I actually made it for the first time on an evening when we had company over (talk about a stressor!) but thankfully, everything turned out perfectly. I did a little customizing on the recipe, and it made a rich, fudgy peppermint brownie. Topped it off with some homemade peppermint frosting and a chocolate drizzle, and we had the best, richest, dessert ever! Everyone loved it, and we ended up with hardly any leftovers (from 2 13x9 brownies!). The peppermint is definitely a hit, and I will be experimenting some more with it.

I have to admit, with all my baking I don't think I've ever used chocolate extract before. I decided to add it to one of my "healthy" recipes; double-chocolate muffins. (Yes, it is healthy, even though they sound and look like a rich indulgence). The chocolate extract seemed to add another layer of delicious chocolate goodness to the muffins. Very good, and something that will be used in multiple chocolate recipes now!

Of course vanilla is a necessity for many baked goods, so the Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract is getting a lot of use as well. The only one I haven't tried yet is the Almond Extract, as I'm trying to find some different recipes. I know I'll be pleased with the results, and can't wait to add some almond-extract-flavored recipes to my list of favorites.

Nielsen-Massey has various flavors and vanillas that would be a great stocking stuffer for the baker in your family. Or, purchase the Nielsen-Massey Cookbook and some extracts for the perfect gift set!

Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review; I did receive product for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are mine; all quotes taken from the Nielsen-Massey website. I was not required to post favorably about the product or company.


  1. I would love to try all of these flavors. I am sure any baked desserts would taste fantastic using these extracts.
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  2. I absolutely love vanilla AND peppermint. Sounds like a lot of fun to be able to experiment with them!

  3. Nielsen-Massey is a good old name in extracts. Liked your review. It has given me some ideas. Would love to see a giveaway!

  4. Chocolate extract sounds great. I have only used vanilla and almond extracts. Your brownies look so yummy.