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Unique, spiced vanilla extracts, spice blends, and rubs! Awesome products for awesome chefs, home cooks, and foodies!
Unique, spiced vanilla extracts, spice blends, and rubs! Awesome products for awesome chefs, home cooks, and foodies!
Unique, spiced vanilla extracts, spice blends, and rubs! Awesome products for awesome chefs, home cooks, and foodies!
171 backers pledged $6,732 to help bring this project to life.

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"Not Just Plain" Vanilla Extracts, Spice Blends, and Rubs!

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WE THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!

Existing backers, you can add more items on to your rewards by going to our Kickstarter Reward Add-On Portal! For everyone who missed our project, you can pre-order products from that same portal!

Hey Everyone! Read Update #11 For "The Story So Far" and Our Projected Timeline!

We interrupt our Kickstarter Project Page to bring you some important announcements:

First of all, THANK YOU KICKSTARTER! You all are so awesome. We cannot believe this project has gotten so much attention! It was originally meant as just a small addendum to our first project and add Mexican & Tongan vanilla extracts to our product line. But now it has ended up with TWO MORE of our future products becoming available *right now* as add-ons and the added ability to improve one of our existing products. Please take a look around; we hope you enjoy the selection available to you, now! For more detailed information on this, please see Update #4, Update #7 (backers only), and Update #9 (backers only).

Please note that all rewards containing vanilla extracts will be shipping NEXT FALL, so the waiting period for many of the rewards is pretty high. After the project is over, we'll be activating a system for you to receive your non-extract rewards (Special Blend Vanilla Sugar, The Perfect Cinnamon Blend, and The Pesto Rub) early, as in, by the Spring! We will also have some extracts from the last project available for purchase and immediate shipping in the Spring.

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A notice for international backers:

If your country is not listed in the reward you want, send me a message! Shipping to each country is calculated on a case-by-case basis, so, if your country is not listed, we can add it!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming!

Hello, Kickstarters!

If you want to learn more about the importance of small batch vanilla extracts (as well as to watch our hilariously awkward video), please check out our previous successful Kickstarter project: "Not Just Plain" Vanilla Extracts & Foodstuffs Startup. We may be posting a new video for this project, soon.

Since completing our first project, we have:

  • Brought on a new partner. My (Vincent's) very good friend and fellow foodie, Jeremy D. Seideman, joined our team. He is one of the three people in this world that I can truly call my "best friend." He's also a doctor of computer security. He's come on board as our Chief Computers and Cybersecurity Person. He'll be maintaining our webserver and making sure that our site remains secure for the safety of our customers and supporters!

  • Made lots of vanilla extract and other products. Our production has begun, and we've been using some of the money raised to fund a few other really exciting experiments. One of which led to us starting THIS project! We fell in love with Tongan vanilla, and we want to bring this wonderfully different variety of vanilla to all of our awesome supporters!
Lots and lots of vanilla sugar... and the super-earlybird rewards from our first project!
Lots and lots of vanilla sugar... and the super-earlybird rewards from our first project!
 
  • Experimented with some other products. Many of which will remain unmentioned for now... They're kind of a surprise, and we want to make sure we get them right before releasing them to you! However, if you join the Not Just Plain Foodstuffs Beta Club, you'll get an advance sample at those products... yes, they will be sent to your door for you to try out! Like, in real life!
Taste-testing cinnamon blends via delicious cinnamon toast!
Taste-testing cinnamon blends via delicious cinnamon toast!
  • Started a new, full-time job. I've been unemployed for almost two years... until the last week of August! Now that I don't have to scramble around doing odd-jobs to pay our bills, I can stick to a strict schedule and be much less stressed out, allowing me to focus clearly on our experiments and our other projects!

So... Why another project?

Our first project was just to get our business rolling, and to be officially making some great products as a real, government-sanctioned food business. That's all in the works, now, and it's going great! Our backers expressed a ton of interest in both Mexican and Tongan vanilla extracts (and other products), but those are very expensive and were not factored into our previous project's funding... So now we're trying to raise a bit of money to get those in bulk so we can bring these other amazing products to every cooking enthusiast, whether you're a home cook, a professional baker, or a chef!

Why buy our vanilla extracts?

Our vanilla extracts are all handmade by us, the Donadio-Daniels family, using the best ingredients for the job. Our vanilla beans are ethically sourced (we're still working on finding a source for Mexican vanilla beans that fits our criteria) and the alcohols we use are tried and true for our extract process over the last 6 years, and our herbs and spices come from the best sources we've ever had; they've never failed us.

Our Holiday Blend just before shipment at the end of November!
Our Holiday Blend just before shipment at the end of November!

We pay strict attention to detail when it comes to our products. All of our extracts are carefully handcrafted, aged for at least 6 months, filtered, then bottled.

You will love our extracts, as many have in the past. Our previous project had 134 backers, many of which have either tried our products themselves or heard directly from a friend about them. Don't you think it's about time you joined them?

Some lovely testimonials from backers of our first project!

JDon: "OMG. I could bathe in a vat of the cinnamon vanilla that just arrived. My lips totally taste like fresh baked goodness. I cannot wait for next year's offerings to arrive!"

DShea: "Just got the vanilla sugar. It's HEAVENLY! Thanks, guys."

Sarah Dygert: "My boyfriend and I make our own soda occasionally, and this weekend we made a cream soda syrup with your vanilla sugar. It was out of this world delicious!!"

Michael James Musumeci: "I received my bags of vanilla sugar and trial of black garlic powder, both delicious, thanks!"

Elly Cockcroft: "It smells absolutely divine!! I cannot wait to bake some Christmas goodies using it, thank you again for absolutely everything."

If you've had a good experience with us in the past, remember to share it with stories@kickstarter.com and tell them about this new project!


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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

With our last project, people were clamoring for the ability to add other rewards to their primary reward... While Kickstarter does not allow you to pledge for more than one reward, you can "over pledge" for a reward. We have chosen to handle this in the simplest way possible. Use the guide below to determine how much you should add to your base pledge amount. Here's an example:

What do you want to do?

"I want to pledge for the Sampler, but I also want 16oz. of vanilla sugar." 

What you should do:

1) Click on "Back This Project" at the top of the page.

 2) Enter your pledge amount of $50 (Sampler = $40, 16oz of vanilla sugar = $10).

  3) Click the radio button next to the minimum pledge level of your primary reward.

  4) Click "Continue to next step" at the bottom of the page. Make sure the "Total: $__" shows the proper amount for your reward + add-on(s). If outside the USA, your total will also include a shipping cost.

  5) After confirming everything on your screen is correct, click on "Continue to Amazon" to complete the payment process.

 6) When you return to the project page after finishing your payment details at Amazon, be sure to click these buttons when they appear and share this project with your friends!

Track our projected success on Kicktraq!
Track our projected success on Kicktraq!

Risks and challenges

Now that we have most of the legal/paperwork for the business out of the way, the only challenge will be to find a supplier for Mexican vanilla beans. We anticipate that the Mexican extract may take a bit longer but are working diligently to nail down a supplier, now.

We've been doing this for a long time, though, so we're confident that we'll be able to deliver you a quality product that you'll continue to love for years to come!

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    The Humble Supporter — You just want us to know that you think we're doing something cool? Thanks! We'll give you a shout-out on Twitter and/or our website! Every reward level includes this reward!

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    The Humble Supporter, Postcard Edition! — You just want us to know that you think we're doing something cool, but would also like a hand-written postcard from us? You got it! We'll also give you a shout-out on Twitter and/or our website! We reserve the right to also send you some vanilla extract or sugar, on the house. The postcard will be a limited print from Vincent's very own photography (he worked as a professional photographer before this)!

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    The Coffee/Tea Addict — Not much of a cook or baker, but you LOVE coffee? Well, you're going to receive 10 ounces (284g) of our vanilla-infused sugar. It has a VERY strong vanilla flavor and aroma and will get you even more hooked on your favorite morning drink. Add $8 to your pledge for each additional 10oz up to a total of 50oz!

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    The Experimental Baker — You've tried several vanilla extracts out there on the market, but you're looking for something special... Look no further! You'll receive 4 oz of either of our exciting, new Mexican or Tongan vanilla extracts. If you backed our first project, you'll also receive 1 ounce of the extract you did not choose for this reward in a special green bottle!

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    The Sampler — You will receive two ounces of each of the original FIVE extra-strength vanilla extract blends: Classic, Special, Peppermint-Cacao, Ceylon-Saigon Cinnamon, & Chipotle. (THE MOST POPULAR REWARD FROM OUR FIRST PROJECT!) PLUS you'll receive 1 ounce of BOTH Mexican AND Tongan vanilla extracts!

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    The Beta Tester — Join the Not Just Plain Foodstuffs Beta Club for one full year! (Will be $120 after KS, but always $100 for you!) Every two months, you'll receive a package from us containing whatever projects we're currently working on or experimenting with! We're developing a new spice rub? You get to taste it first! We have a new hot sauce? It's hitting your tacos the same time it's hitting ours! You'll be able to give us feedback on our experiments and help shape the future of NJPF! You'll also receive 2oz each of the Mexican and Tongan vanilla extracts in special green bottles!

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    The Happy Couple — Getting married next year? Leave your wedding favors to us!! We'll make a custom batch of any of our original five vanilla extracts that will be enough for you to distribute to 50 people (if you need enough for 100 people, pledge $500; for 150 people, pledge $750, etc.) This is sure to please all of your guests and leave them with an exciting favor to keep (and actually USE!) at home for several months to come.

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    The Live Demo — Vincent & Mairead will come to your home (within 30 miles of NYC) and prepare a three course meal for your family and even some friends (up to 8 people). It'll be a lovely evening filled with delicious food, laughs, and an opportunity for you to pick our brains about life, the universe, and everything (or just food, I guess), right in your own kitchen (and yes, we'll clean up, too)!

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