Heilala Vanilla for Holiday Drinks and Delicious Foods!

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It’s that time of the year for baking and entertaining!  If you are like me, you may be looking for new recipes and I love these from Heilala Vanilla! I recently received a sample and this is now my new favorite Vanilla! Actually, I didn’t have a favorite Vanilla until now! I am also excited that it is available at Sprouts because that is also one of my favorite stores!  I received the  Heilala Vanilla Extract! It is great to use with baking and since I bake Christmas cookies and fudge, this one is a Must-Have!

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No chemicals or nasty synthetic imitations  are used in Heilala’s Vanilla Extract.   Only the best organic vanilla beans are used before Heilala’s cold extraction and unique aging process takes place, resulting in a true vanilla aroma and the purest taste imaginable. This versatile extract is perfect for all baking needs.  Whenever a recipe calls for vanilla extract or essence, Heilala Vanilla Extract is the icing on the cake in terms of 100% pure vanilla.

Sugar Free,Kosher certified, Gluten Free.

Available in 50 ml bottle

Recommended retail $10.99.


New Zealand-based Heilala Vanilla Limited (www.heilalavanilla.com), premium vanilla grower and a producer of a range of high quality vanilla products, is pleased to announce that is has expanded its national distribution to include Sprouts Farmers Markets (www.sprouts.com), the second largest natural and organic specialty retailer with more than 180 stores in 10 states.


“We are so proud to partner with Sprouts to bring our premium vanilla to Sprouts shoppers across the U.S.,” said Jennifer Boggiss, Co-Founder and Owner, Heilala Vanilla Limited.  Sprouts is recognized for offering innovative fresh, natural and organic food brands catering to consumers’ growing interest in health and wellness.  We are thrilled they have chosen to add our premium 100% pure vanilla products to their shelves.”


Heilala Vanilla Extract is made from only the best organic vanilla beans using their cold extraction and unique ageing, resulting in a true vanilla aroma and the purest taste imaginable. This versatile extract is perfect for any and all baking needs whenever a recipe calls for vanilla extract or essence and really is the icing on the cake in terms of 100% pure vanilla.


The rock star of the vanilla world, Heilala Vanilla paste has recently won several highly coveted ‘foodie’ awards.  Made to a secret recipe by the Colonel Garth Boggiss, this superstar vanilla paste is the real deal. After extensive trialing and research, Heilala Vanilla Paste is made by reintroducing Vanilla seeds to their Vanilla Extract and adding a natural seaweed thickener to produce a paste that is not laden with fillers, thickeners or sugar to achieve the magic consistency. With an NZ Food Award in 2010 and Supreme Runner Up of the 2011 Cuisine Artisan Award in tow, this paste is a fantastic alternative to using a vanilla bean as it is convenient and economical in any recipe to add a gourmet touch by showcasing the seeds alongside the full vanilla flavor.


Sprouts will offer Heilala Vanilla extract (60 ml) and paste (50 ml).


For a complete list of Sprouts locations and for more information on Heilala Vanilla visit www.heilalavanilla.com.  Also available at Bristol Farms in Southern California!
Here are two of my new favorite recipes for the Holiday season! Thanks Heilala Vanilla!

Blueberry french toast  Vanilla Martini

Blueberry Vanilla French Toast  ( Perfect for Christmas morning!)


12 slices day old bread( crusts removed)

2 8oz. pkgs. cream cheese

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

12 eggs

2 cups milk

1/3 cup syrup or honey ( we used Heilala Vanilla Syrup)



1 cup sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp vanilla extract (we used Heilala Vanilla extract)

1 cup water

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp butter or margarine


Cut bread into 1-in. cubes; place half in a greased 13″x9″x2″

baking dish. Cut cream cheese into 1″ cubes; place over bread.

Top with blueberries and remaining bread. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and syrup; mix well. Pour over bread mixture.

Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator

30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake 350 for 30 minutes.

Uncover; bake 25-30 minutes more or until golden brown & center is set.

In saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; add water. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 3 minuets; stirring constantly.

Stir in blueberries reduce heat. Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until berries have burst. Stir in butter until melted and add vanilla extract. Serve over French toast.

 For the Adult Holiday parties:

Heilala Vanilla Martini adapted from Emeril Lagasse’s Vodka – Vanilla- Kiss – Me Tini from Food Network


2 ounces vodka

3 tablespoons heavy cream

2 tablespoons vanilla syrup- we used Heilala Vanilla syrup (he makes his own)

1 tablespoon ameretto

¼ vanilla extract

Heilala Vanilla sugar for the glass



About Heilala Vanilla

Heilala Vanilla began as an aid project over eight years ago, when a vanilla plantation was established by a New Zealand family, in partnership with a local family from the village of Utungake in Vava’u, Kingdom of Tonga. In 2005 the first crop was harvested and brought back to New Zealand, and was snapped up by local chefs.


Since these small beginnings and a first harvest of 40kg of dried vanilla pods, Heilala Vanilla has grown spectacularly, harvesting over 4 tons of vanilla in 2013. This has had a significant impact on the local community, providing employment and infrastructure.


Products are sold into specialty food retail and fine dining establishments and gourmet food manufacturers. Markets have been established in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Brazil, Denmark and the United States.


Retired New Zealand dairy farmer John Ross and his son-in-law Garth Boggiss, who has a horticultural background, have built up a vast knowledge of growing this very specialized crop by meeting and visiting vanilla growers in many parts of the world (including Tahiti, Reunion Is, Madagascar and Costa Rica). A plantation in both Tonga and in Tauranga has enabled a complete focus on the intricacies of growing vanilla.


In 2013 Heilala Vanilla established the Heilala Vanilla Foundation to further their commitment to the people of Vava’u.  The company contributes a percentage of sales of vanilla beans grown and exported from Vava’u, and some funds from other sources, to the foundation for local community projects including education programs.


The Heilala Vanilla award-winning range of  100% pure vanilla products includes Vanilla Syrup, Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Extract, and Vanilla Paste, Vanilla Sugar, and Ground Vanilla powder.  For more information visit www.heilalavanilla.com.


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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this Holiday feature. Photo Credit: Heilala Vanilla.





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