Vanilla Ice Cream Prices Are About To Skyrocket

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By Cooking Panda

This is devastating news to all the people out there who always choose vanilla over chocolate.

After the devastating Cyclone Enawo hit Africa’s east coast in April, 500,000 people were displaced.

Additionally, a staggering 80 percent of the world’s vanilla crops were destroyed in Madagascar, which means if you’re a fan of basic, classic, good ol’ vanilla ice cream, you’re not going to be able to purchase it without forking over a pretty penny more than you’re used to.

Basically, the vanilla shortage has caused the wholesale prices of the product to skyrocket. For instance, the owner of an ice cream scoop shop, who used to pay around $72 for a bag of vanilla beans, told the Boston Globe that he is now shelling out $320 — close to five times the amount — for the same size bag.

“It’s made [vanilla] ice cream a loss leader,” Raymond Ford, the owner of Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which sells 2.5-gallon tubs of vanilla ice cream to local restaurants, told The Boston Globe, per the Daily Mail. “We’re losing money, and that’s a major problem.”

However, raising the prices on the product, which is what ice cream vendors would have to do in order to break even, let alone make a profit off of their tubs of vanilla, doesn’t seem to be a viable solution.

Says Aaron Cohen, the owner of Gracie’s Ice Cream in Somerville, Massachusetts, to The Boston Globe, per the Daily Mail: “‘I just don’t think that anyone in Boston could get away with that without making people angry… Vanilla is a euphemism for plain. They’d think it was a joke.'”

The only bright side to all of this is that many vanilla products that people enjoy, such as vanilla flavored cakes, or confectionery products, are likely to remain unaffected by the aftermath of the cyclone, because those products use a synthetically produced vanilla, and don’t rely on the actual bean.

Unfortunately, the Financial Times, according to the Daily Mail, predicts that vanilla prices are likely to remain higher than usual for years to come.

Source: Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Pixabay

Tags: frozen dessert, ice cream, price increase, soft serve, vanilla
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Bad News: Vanilla Shortage Shoots Up Dessert Prices

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By Cooking Panda

We keep hearing about the prices of chocolate and coffee rising due to changes in climate that have made the cocoa bean crop much harder to cultivate. Now, let’s talk about what’s going on with the vanilla bean.

Foodbeast reports that vanilla prices are at the highest they’ve been since 2003, rising from about $200-$250 per kilogram to $500 per kilogram. What’s causing the ruckus? Madagascar, where 85 percent of the world’s vanilla is produced, has reported a decrease in crop turnout for 2016 … and it’s not the kind of decrease that we can shrug our shoulders at. The regular 2,000 metric ton harvest has fallen to 1,200 metric tons, which will cause prices of our precious vanilla to begin increasing.

This kind of increase doesn’t just affect your everyday vanilla ice cream. Think about Oreos, donuts, cakes and anything else that involves the vanilla signature flavor. Other countries who harvest the bean, like Indonesia, are working to pick up some of the slack so that the market doesn’t completely tank, but we’re hoping this is a one-time thing . Just maybe this is as high as the vanilla price will get, especially with other countries pitching in to help out.

Food Business News reports that right now, vanilla manufacturers are urging customers to buy less vanilla. That must be rough! But they say that when customers see prices hike, they sort of panic and buy a ton of the product, which only makes the problem worse.

The president of one such vanilla-providing company said “No. 1 is not to stock up. When (the food and beverage companies) see these prices going up, they want to order four times what they normally do, and that just exacerbates the problem. Have patience. Don’t panic.”

The general hope is that when Madagascar’s crops from 2016 all come in, in November or December of 2017, they’ll be improved in number and we won’t have to worry about this for much longer. “Although this is a time of fluctuation in the vanilla market, it is expected the current situation will be short-lived,” said the CEO of Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc. of Waukegan, Illinois. “The flowering for [the 2016 crop] was good, and prices may start to drop in the fourth quarter of 2016.”

I’m not sure whether or not this is wishful thinking, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed all the same. I don’t want to replace delicious vanilla bean with any imitation flavors!

Sources: Foodbeast, Food Business News / Photo Credit: Foodbeast

Tags: Food Prices, vanilla, Vanilla Bean, Vanilla Prices
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10 Amazing Vanilla Desserts That Will Make You Forget About Chocolate

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By Cooking Panda

It’s high time that we give credit to the most underrated dessert flavor – vanilla! Sure, it’s a well-established favorite flavor, but we tend to forget about it in favor of chocolate, caramel or strawberry. This flavor deserves appreciation!

Here are some amazing classic list of vanilla dessert recipes that are anything but boring:

1. Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

A true classic! These scrumptious, moist and flavorful vanilla cupcakes blow all the others out of the water.

2. No-Fail Blondies​

We love brownies, but sometimes we forget about their exciting, buttery vanilla cousin that are every bit as decadent. Impress your friends with these, or just make a batch and eat it all yourself – we won’t tell.

3. Classic Vanilla Fudge

The ultimate indulgence! If you want something a little easier, try this version.

4. Nectarine, Blueberry and Vanilla Bean Hand Pies

If you like pop tarts, you’ll Iove these homemade fruit hand pies! They are great for dessert or breakfast, whatever floats your boat.

5. The Best Vanilla Pudding

It’s actually pretty easy to make pudding from scratch – just stir everything over the stove in a saucepan. Plus, it’s so much more delicious than the boxed stuff.

6. Salty Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Salted caramel needs to get out of the way! These salty vanilla bean sugar cookies are better than any caramel cookie.

7. Vanilla Ice Cream

That’s right – it’s easy to make yourself! If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can easily adapt using the instructions here.

8. Labneh Tart

This thick yogurt makes a heavenly base for a delightfully tangy vanilla dessert that’s a little bit like really vanilla-y cheesecake.

9. Sparkling Vanilla-Grapefruit Granita

Want something cool and refreshing? The bittersweet citrus fruit is the perfect mate for vanilla extract in an easy, delicious slush.

10. Creme Brulee

The classic, ultimate vanilla dessert! Plus, it’s super fun to torch the sugar at the end! Don’t have a torch? No problem – use your broiler instead (instructions here).

Featured Photo Credit: Farideh Sadeghin/SaveurTags: classic desserts, dessert, recipe list, vanilla, vanilla dessert, Vanilla Pudding, weekend desserts
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