Of All Things The Collapse Will Impact WTF? - Vanilla Ice Cream!!!
Sad story, I stopped by the grocery store on the way home this morning, and on a whim, picked up a pint of vanilla ice cream, then forgot I'd bought it once I got home, leaving the bags on the counter while I got some late plants into containers. When I went to put everything away, the bag with the ice cream (which had gotten turned on its side) was a wet mess. No ice cream for me now...
Vanilla apparently a highly expensive spice.
"Vanilla is so expensive that some U.K. ice cream parlours have stopped selling it as a flavour, the BBC reports. At the moment, it’s among the world’s priciest spices (second only to saffron), and at nearly $800 per kilogram, it now costs more than silver.
Native to South and Central America and the Caribbean, the vast majority of the world’s vanilla is cultivated in Madagascar. Derived from the vanilla orchid flower, the spice is pricey to begin with due to the fact that it’s so labour-intensive to grow and harvest."
The good news is we have had cyclic price swings like this before, so look for the flavor to return in the next year or two.
The last paragraph of the article though really bothers me, and points to something we will need to watch for more and more as the Collapse moves forward, the practice of companies to subsitute cheaper ingredients under the radar.
"Today, more than 95 per cent of vanilla-flavoured foods don’t contain vanilla at all, but a synthetic flavouring called vanillin (commonly extracted from wood and sometimes petroleum), Business Insider reports. The use of vanillin is expected to become even more prevalent, the BBC writes, as industries attempt to dodge increased costs."
How many people read the ingredients of a package they are buying, and how many will miss the difference in names? "Vanilla versus Vanillin"
And that it can be made with Coal Tar (among other things).