By Kristie | June 19, 2020 If you have Vanilla in your cabinet, you know that it tastes and smells great. But you may be wondering — is it healthy? Although the amount we use to add flavor or fragrance is likely too little to add any significant nutritional value, we’re happy to say that…

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By Kristie | June 10, 2020 People who keep vanilla beans at home have immaculate taste. (Alright, we may be a little biased.) But if you’re one of them, you’re probably no stranger to the cost of quality vanilla beans — they’re a precious commodity. Every bean counts because losing even one to dryness or…

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By Kristie | May 29, 2020 As a baker, you want to know which form of vanilla is best for your bakes. When you go to the supermarket or even your local farmer’s market, you can expect to find up to 4 different kinds of vanilla products: whole pods, liquid extract, powder, and paste. Ever…

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By Kristie | May 28, 2020 We all know that vanilla tastes delicious. In cookies, cakes, ice cream… the list goes on. (Especially if we “accidentally” add in a little extra.) But food isn’t the only place that’s perfect for vanilla. Do you want your house to smell delicious, even when you haven’t been baking?…

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By Kristie | May 22, 2020 If you’ve ever gone shopping for vanilla beans, you may have had to choose between a variety of labels: Grade A, Grade B, Madagascar, Bourbon, Mexican… the list goes on. You’d be right to be confused — it’s a lot to take in! Here we’re going to break down…

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By Kristie | May 14, 2020 Angel food cake. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies. Vanilla ice cream. Fruit tarts.  You probably know that vanilla can bring these classic dessert recipes to life. But did you know that vanilla can elevate savory dishes, too? That’s right. And not just in fancy French recipes, either. Think mashed…

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By Kristie | April 30, 2020 When it comes to vanilla, we may be tempted to assume: of course real is better. But you may be surprised to learn that in some cases, people — experts, even — can’t tell the difference between real and synthetic vanilla. In fact, when asked to choose between real…

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By Kristie | April 14, 2020 When we think about the vanilla going into our coffee, cakes, or ice cream, we don’t often give it a second thought. We might even spoon in a little extra sometimes because it’ll make our food taste that much better. But the volatile vanilla trade is worth a bit…

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By Kristie | April 14, 2020 Call it what you want — many people say “basic” — but you may be surprised to learn that at one point, all-natural vanilla was a more precious commodity than silver. In 2018, the price of vanilla per kilogram peaked at $600, $60 higher than the price of a…

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By Kristie | April 10, 2020 If you remember the Madagascar film franchise from the early 2000s, chances are you recall the quirky yet inaccurate portrayal of wildlife in that country. (I myself was dismayed to learn that there are no penguins in the real Madagascar.) It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though; the island…

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