Duncan Hines Test Kitchen Trip …

**Giveaway is now CLOSED. Winner has been selected: Averie S.**

Who is ready for an AMAZING giveaway today?!

I am part of the  Duncan Hines Passionate Blogger Program and as part of the program, I get to fly out to Parsippany, New Jersey on 9/20/13 – 9/22/13 to visit the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen….and guess what?! I get to take ONE lucky reader with me!!!!

Come enter for your chance to win a trip to the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen with Nikki from chef-in-training.com #giveaway

Yep, you read correctly!… You could join me for a trip to the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen!

Here is what the giveaway includes:

  • -A 3-day/2-night trip to the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen in Parsippany, New Jersey on 9/20/13 – 9/22/13
  • -Round-trip coach-class air transportation for winner from a major airport(s) near winner’s residence to a major airport near Parsippany, New Jersey 
  • -Standard hotel accommodations
  • -Ground transportation to/from airport and hotel and hotel and the Test Kitchen
  • -A baking class with Duncan Hines chefs at the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen

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Giveaway ends on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm MST. Winner will be chosen at random using the above Rafflecopter widget. Winner will be contacted no later than March 29, 2013. Winner will have to respond no later than Saturday, March 30, 2013 in order to claim prize or a new winner will be selected.

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PRIZES: One (1) Grand Prize: The winner will receive the following: a 3-day/2-night trip for the winner to Parsippany, New Jersey on 09/20/13 – 09/22/13 (travel dates subject to change by Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion), including a baking class with Duncan Hines chefs (“Event”), round-trip coach-class air transportation for winner from a major airport(s) near winner’s residence to a major airport near Parsippany, New Jersey (airports selected by Sponsor), standard hotel accommodations for winner (single room/double occupancy; hotel location and other accommodation details determined by Sponsor), ground transportation to/from airport and hotel and hotel and Event. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of the Grand Prize: $1,200. Actual value of trip prize depends upon the city of departure, time of travel, any airfare fluctuations and on current market conditions at time of prize fulfillment, and any difference between the stated ARV and the actual value if any, will not be awarded. Tickets awarded as part of a prize are subject to the terms and conditions stated on such tickets. See Travel Restrictions below. All taxes and any other costs not specifically stated within these Official Rules are the sole responsibility of the winners. Prizes may not be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if advertised prize is unavailable at the time the prize is awarded. All prizes claimed will be awarded. Limit one prize per person.

Travel Restrictions
Winner must be able to travel on itinerary and dates specified by Sponsor or prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected. Winner must sign travel release prior to traveling. Trip is subject to air/hotel availability and confirmation of reservations; certain travel restrictions and blackout dates may apply. The trip may not be combined with any other offer. Airline and flight times to be selected by Sponsor at its sole discretion. One or more stopovers may be required on air transportation. Air transportation, if applicable, and hotel accommodations must be taken together and cannot be taken separately. All travel arrangements must be made through Sponsor’s agent on a carrier of Sponsor’s choice and in seat locations determined by Sponsor. Once trip dates have been booked, no change, extension or substitution of trip dates is permitted, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Winner must confirm available travel dates and flight times selected by the Sponsor within five (5) days of prize notification. No extension or change of trip dates permitted. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen tickets, travel vouchers, certificates or similar items once they are in winner’s possession. If the winner lives within 100 miles of prize destination city, the air transportation portion of the prize will not be awarded and ground transportation will be substituted and no additional compensation will be provided. Each winner must comply with all Event venue, air carrier and airport, accommodations, ground transportation and other applicable rules and restrictions; failure to do so may result in forfeiture of prize. Winner must possess valid ID and are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary and required travel documents (passport, etc.) in order to travel. Sponsor, its affiliates, subsidiaries, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies, rbb Public Relations and Tenthwave Digital LLC (“Contest Entities”) shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitution or any act or omissions whatsoever by the air carriers, hotels or other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof such as changes in services or accommodations necessitated by same. Contest Entities shall not be liable for any loss or damage to baggage. Prize components cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or offer, and no portion may be separated except at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Prize conditions may be added or modified by companies providing those portions of the prize. The prize restrictions/conditions stated herein are not all-­‐inclusive and may be subject to additional restrictions/conditions, which may be stated in the affidavit and release and/or prize travel documents. All fees and expenses not specifically included in the prize description above (including, but not limited to, additional ground transportation and airline expense, taxes, fees, gratuities, meals and insurance) are responsibility solely of winner.

If Event and/or any other portion of a prize is cancelled or postponed for any reason, Sponsor will have no obligation to award compensation in lieu thereof, the remainder of the prize will be awarded and Sponsor will have no further obligation to winner. All other prize details are determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Sponsor is responsible only for prize delivery; not responsible for prize utility, quality or otherwise. Taxes and fees are the responsibility solely of winners.

DISCLOSURE – I am a Duncan Hines Passionate Blogger and received compensation and product in exchange for this post.

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  1. Wow! This would be a dream come true! I would love to learn more about the science of baking, go behind the scenes, learn about what they do and why they do it with their recipes and mixes. Trip of a lifetime! I’d rather go here than to Fiji. Seriously!

  2. Ardelle

    I would love to win this trip, as I am just starting to get into baking more than just a simple cake & cookies. Wanting to learn to so much more!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Hi Nikki! Amazing giveaway! I would love the opportunity to be in a professional kitchen. I’m new to the blogging world, and I have so much to learn! I would also LOVE to meet you and chat with you about your wonderful blog!

  4. Nicole Scott

    This is a wonderful opportunity to see how the magic happens and to see and interact with the staff in the kitchens at Duncan Hines!

  5. KWolff

    I have been a Duncan Hines fan for years! My earliest baking experiences were in the kitchen with my mom, making brownies for my dad. I think this trip would be an awesome experience to see where all the magic happens!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Pauline Gudas

    I would love to see a test kitchen at Duncan Hines. I think it would be a wonderful thing to experience.

  7. The Farm Girl

    I would LOVE to go with you because I would love to know more about the specifics of baking. Why ingredients do what they do and why they need to be in certain recipes or not. I would also love to branch out and start making my own recipes but I have been scarred to do that. This would be an awesome opportunity!

  8. Tricia Folsom

    Who wouldn’t want to go! I love watching cooking shows, especially where you get to see all their testing in the test kitchens and how they come up with new recipes and experiment. What a fun opportunity to learn and have fun.

  9. Tiffany Brown

    How much fun would this be :) Baking is my down time :) I love to bake and have something fresh and yummy on the table at all times.

  10. Wendy Farmer

    I would love to win this for a couple of reasons:
    1. To meet Nikki the chef in training
    2. How awesome would it be to be in the test kitchen and take a class with the chefs there? Pretty awesome I say.
    3. I’ve never been to NJ…love visiting new places.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  11. fran forte

    This would be a dream come true! I only use Duncan Hines products when I bake. They so all the work and I take all the credit!

  12. Kim Couts

    I make cakes in my home for friends and family and Duncan Hines is the ONLY cake mix I use! Also Sept 20 is my 30th birthday! What better way to spend my birthday!!!!! I have not traveled much so it would AWESOME to be able to add this to my short list of places I’ve been! I would also enjoy meeting you!

  13. Papanewsgirl

    Holy Cow – you mean I could actually get to meet Nikki in person?!?!?!?! How cool would that be? Touring the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen – tasting nummy delicious treats and getting to do it with Nikki??? AWESOME!!!!

  14. Robin B.

    I would love to go on this trip first and foremost because I love to bake! I have been baking since I was a young girl. I love to try new recipes and do so on almost a daily basis. It would also be fun to do something for “me” because, having 3 kids, that just doesn’t happen very much, right? And Duncan Hines is a brand we love. My mom has always told me to buy their cake mixes. Thanks for the chance and for all the yummy things on your blog! So glad I found it.

  15. Tina

    I would love to experience a trip like this. I so enjoy cooking and baking. My earliest cooking memory would be coming home from school and my mom waiting for me to help her make the dessert for that evening. We would bake at least 3 times a week together when I was growing up. Good memories!

  16. Jessica D

    This is just the momcation I need!!! A few days away from the husband and kids doing one of the things I love!!!

  17. Kathleen Clegg

    I’m always looking for better ways to do things. I would be great to learn from professionals! It would be fun to meet and hang out with you too!!

  18. I love to cook. I LOVE to bake even more. Your blog was one of the first food blogs I started following. I have cooked and loved so many of your recipes. It would be a fun opportunity to meet you AND visit a company who’s mixes I frequently use in my kitchen, especially when baking with my daughter.

  19. Tamarae

    Baking (especially cupcakes) is my go-to stress relief and feel-good therapy. I want to go on this trip to hone some of my skills, to learn new recipes and to have some fun!

  20. Carly Delise

    What a fantastic giveaway! I think this is the opportunity of a lifetime! A chance to meet an awesome food blogger and a chance to go to the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen. That isn’t something that happens all the time! I would love to experience something like that!

  21. Heather Pettey

    pick me, pick me!!! I adore Duncan Hines!! Lots of fond baking memories from my childhood include a box of D.H. cake mix!! Oh, and the frosting….don’t get me started on the frosting!! :) I do believe I may at one time have “snacked” on an entire tub of frosting!! :)

  22. Molly Koecher

    I love Ducan Hines and winning this trip would be amazing cool. I would love to get inside Ducan Hines and be given lessons from one of their pros! Great giveaway!

  23. Elizabeth Campbell

    Nikki, I just found your web site thru Pinterest…. I am in looove…. Holy Cow! I could do nothing but sit and drool over all your amazing sounding recipes and gorgeous pictures! I love to cook and I’m going to school to photography, so your web site is totally dreamy to me! lol I tried to enter the Duncan Hines contest, but it keeps saying application not responding… oh well, have no fear, I shall return!! lol

  24. Karen Schroeder

    I would love to be able to go behind the scenes and find out how Duncan Hines works on developing new products and recipes! It would be fantastic to win this awesome trip!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Amy Reed

    It would be incredibly interesting to see all that goes on in the testing of products before they make to the grocier shelves for consumers to purchase.

  26. Rose Sysol

    OH My! That’s a great giveaway! I love to bake and try new things. It’s a hobby and would love to learn more! I live in NJ so I would be a cheap winner!

  27. Raeann Simmons

    That would be so much fun! You wouldn’t even have to fly me in! I’m only about an hour and a half drive:)

  28. Kajsia Belingheri

    I always love new baking adventures being a pastry chef myself! This would be a great opportunity to learn more for myself and to see what Duncan Hines does!

  29. Jeanine

    I have been baking since I was 8 and got a box of baking supplies for Christmas from my mom. I am always experimenting to find new and creative recipes. My home kitchen is a test kitchen, lol! I would LOVE to see a real test kitchen and be a part of that whole process!

  30. Dezi A

    Oh my gosh- why wouldn’t anyone want to go on the trip?? I’ve never been to the east, so it would be awesome!!

  31. Helen

    Many, many, many years ago my mother said the best cake mix is Duncan Hines. When I started baking cakes for weddings, etc… I found it was true! Even though I no longer back for anyone but family, I would not think of using any other brand.! Getting a trip to tell them in person and learn more from them would be amazing!

  32. Quinn Pletcher

    I discovered your blog a short time ago and have made so many of your recipes! I am a teacher by day and a baker at heart and a trip to the test kitchens would be beyond what I would call exciting! :)

  33. Dena

    WOW! I have ALWAYS wanted to visit a test kitchen. It was actually my dream to work in one until I realized I would be marrying a farmer and living in a rural area with no test kitchens!

  34. Laura M

    Would love to win this! This mama needs a break and what a better trip than learning more about taste testing and eating sweets!!

  35. Natalie Diaz

    I would love to win this trip because i love cooking and it would be so much fun to actually be able to have someone that shares the cooking passion and actually learning something new is just great! And i desperately need any form of vacation! College and work is giving me hell this year!

  36. I would love to win! I love to bake, baking w/ my family is hands down the best ever. I think this would be so much fun to get a look behind the scenes! The tips & tricks, and just taking it all in would be so priceless!

  37. Marie

    I’d love to go on any trip really. And this one means I get to go visit a test kitchen? Score! Here is to hoping for lots of free treats to try!

  38. Lisa Langston

    I have always wanted to go on a trip like this! To visit Duncan Hines would be a dream come true!
    I would also love to meet “a famous blogger”, you!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  39. Rhonda

    I am happy to become a follower of Duncn Hines. I have used their products for years. Can’t wait to get some inspiration on more uses for your product.

  40. Jackie

    This would be an amazing oppurtunity! I would love to see what goes on to make their yummy mixes. Plus I’ve never been further east than Nashville, so it would be great to see another state. :)

  41. Kesha

    Oh how I would love this! It would be great to go in the test kitchens just to learn the techniques and tips they would give!

  42. Susan P

    It would be an awesome experience. I always wondered what goes on behind the scenes in a test kitchen Would be a wonderful experience! Thanks for the opportunity!

  43. The first reason I would want to go is because that would be AMAZING! The second reason is, I always wanted to be a pastry chef…I almost went to culinary school, but ended up missing the opportunity. This would be a very cool experience that would kind of let me pretend I WAS one…also, it would be my first airplane trip ever!!

  44. Sabrina Davis

    I’m starting my Master of Food Science degree in the Fall, and this would be such a wonderful kickoff to my studies! I am super passionate about cooking and baking. I can’t wait to combine my love of culinary arts and science. Would be such an opportunity to learn from Duncan Hines what makes their recipes taste so good!

  45. Karen

    It’d be so fun to go on a trip like this! I’d love to get a peek behind the scenes of such a great baking company!

  46. Sandra

    I would love to take the classes! It would be an amazing experience, and I would come home with new baking skills!

  47. Carly

    I would love love love to have this opportunity. It would be such an amazing experience with such good networking, learning, and practice.

  48. Andrea D.

    I love to bake. I never get to do anything just for myself with three kids and a hubby whose job is very demanding. I would love to do this. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  49. leslie gagne

    Amazing! What a wonderful trip to win and be a part of! Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

    I don’t do twitter, instagram, or pininterest, but hope that I will still be qualified with my entry.

  50. Oh my goodness this would be soo fun! I would love to meet YOU in person…I just love your blog….AND how fun would it be to have a baking lesson!

  51. Stephanie S.

    WOW! What can I say but how fun to be in the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen and learn fun things. I love to cook and have since a little girl. This blog alone gives me fun receipes and I have always loved Duncan Hines. What a awesome trip to be on and with a fun gal who loves to cook.

  52. Venetrise

    This would be an amazing opportunity for me to interact with you and get valuable baking time with the bakers at Duncan Hines

  53. Sarah

    I would love to win this trip because I can meet new people including you and I love to cook so seeing how a test kitchen works would be really awesome.

  54. Allison Asher

    This would be a lovely trip for my daughter and I. She is a new wife and mother and has just joined the cooking world. LOL

  55. Hi Nikki! You have an amazing blog! I met you at the 6 Sisters blogging conference and you were great on the panel! You are very endearing. Thank you for all of your delicious recipes! I signed up for your newsletter. See you around!

  56. Bethany

    I would love to go because A – it’s a vacation! and B – Duncan Hines is the ONLY boxed cake mixes I’ll use, so I’d love to visit and rave and gush and see everything they have in their coffers!

  57. Melanie S

    I would love to win a trip to Duncan Hines! I am a big fan, and I’d LOVE to try out their test kitchens ;)

  58. Did you say a trip! AND The Duncan Hines Kitchen! AND Cooking Lessons! Stop! Stop! Stop! It is almost too much to believe! Take Me! I ppppppprrrrroooommmmiiisssseeee to behave…well, I promise to have fun!

  59. Kim C.

    I would Love to go!!! It would a fantastic learning experience and incredibly fun and informative for me. I would love the opportunity to attend a baking class with a chef from the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen and be able to learn more about how they develop their recipes.

  60. rachel Albanese

    I would love to go on this trip 1-i would love to learn more about baking 2 -never been to NJ so that would be awesome 3-love to meet you 4-it’s the weekend before my birthday~how awesome would that be to go on an amazing trip!!

  61. Kristen Bray

    I am a stay at home mama of 2 little beauties & love to bake!! This would be such an awesome experience& getaway!!

  62. Patti

    I want to go to the test kitchen because I too am a chef in training ha ha ha! plus it would be great to meet the experts and offer my opnion too!!! I need a vacation pick me please!

  63. Natalie J Vandenberghe

    First of all, I’d like to meet you! My Dad was a chef and I’ve always been fascinated by professional kitchens and in awe of experienced chefs. I have many fond memories of goodies made using Duncan Hines products and I’d love to experience this trip-of-a-lifetime! Thanks for the opportunity!

  64. I am a passionate home cook, and thanks to Duncan Hines I can pretend to be a professional home baker as well! Their Red Velvet cake mix is seriously better than homemade. Oh, and this trip is taking place over my birthday weekend so yay! Talk about an awesome birthday present! :-D

  65. I would LOVE to see the behind the scenes actions of the Duncan Hines chefs and see what it takes for them to create a recipe. I am such a huge fan of Duncan Hines and use them in all of my baking!

  66. Brooke

    I would love to go on this trip. Hubby and I have had a rough start to the year with a death in the family. I would really like a chance to get away from everything without any more expenses.

  67. Now that I am retired I have more time to try new recipes, perfect my cooking techniques and regain my love for cooking. This trip would give me the opportunity to fulfill all of my goals.

  68. Chelsea Sefton

    What an opportunity! I stumbled across your blog just recently and absolutely LOVE it! I consider myself to be a chef in training too so what fun we’d have on this trip together!

  69. Katie Roch

    I want to go on this trip because I love baking but think I need a refresher course. The class would give me the opportunity to improve my skills and allow me to make tastier treats for my family. I also think it would be great to see a test kitchen and get an inside look at the process Duncan Hines goes through to determine what products will be put through to production.

  70. Kenzie

    I would give anything to go on this trip! I am such a huge fan of you Nikki, and I would love the chance to bake with you! I adore anything Duncan Hines and I would love to see the test kitchen!!

  71. I would love the opportunity to learn more about what I am passionate about: baking! I love everything about it. Spending a couple days with you would also be a BONUS!! I am sure my readers would love to follow my journey as well!

  72. Ashley

    I would love to go on this trip with you because I think it is a once in a lifetime experience! One that I’m dying to be a part of. I think baking is a passion of mine and I would love to take it to the next level. I can’t even imagine everything that I could learn about baking from the wonderful people/pros at Duncan Hines! Plus, hanging out with you would be pretty sweet too!

  73. kim

    I love to cook and bake and would love to actually be able to see a actual test kitchen and be able to have a cooking class with one of their chefs that would be a dream, I love to learn new things!!

  74. Felicia Barlow

    Cooking on the East Coast and with “Seasoned Chefs” cannot get better. I would love to learn and share cooking tips and see another great part of the United States!