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Gingerbread Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting

EVERYONE LOVES CAKE SO WE DECIDED TO SHARE Gingerbread Cake with Vanilla Bean Frosting Looking for ways to use your wonderful vanilla beans? David Dial from Spicedblog came up with the perfect way.  Thinking of the holidays and his favorite flavors David recalled a previous Christmas of  running through the backyard dressed as Santa Clause to delight all the children in his neighborhood.  The visualization of success the first year and the failure in his second year of being tackled by the local teenage kids cannot help but make us laugh. The next neighborhood holiday party David made cakes, a gingerbread pound caketo be specific.  This year he decided to give Gingerbread cake a fresh new twist and add vanilla bean frosting.  For this recipe...

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Cinnamon Chocolate Truffles by Contemplating Sweets

ORAGINC CINNAMON NEVER TASTED SO GOOD Everybody loves Chocolate When we asked our friend Alisa at Contemplating Sweets if she would like to try our Sri Lankan grown Ceylon Cinnamon, we did not know what we were getting into. We did not ask what she would do but we knew she would do something great. These Japanese inspired Nama chocolate just hit the spot.  This recipe pair the smooth buttery and richness of chocolate and vanilla beans, with sweet delicate refreshingly soft notes of cinnamon.   Try this recipe for yourself or tweak it and add any one of our great ingredients you think will compliment the flavor.  If you would like to read the full article or follow Alisa and her amazing recipes you can do...

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Ugandan Vanilla

2016 REFLECTIONS The year of Vanilla 2016 was tough year for vanilla producers, cures, and customers worldwide.  Prices were high, quality at times, and with all things considered, was quite low.  I guess with this said the it is understandable a consumers expectation of what a natural dried and cured vanilla bean should look like at over 200 dollar a pound versus the year 2015, when the average vanilla bean price was  140-150 dollars a pound. We do believe consumers should be able to expect more but this truly is not always the case.  Vanilla like any other commodity is a give and a take.  A remarkable product that requires not only skill but favorable weather and favorable harvests. 2016...

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The worlds most valuable bean, another side of the story of vanilla beans

Beyond buying vanilla beans As I sit here staring at a beautifully cured buttery and fragrant vanilla bean I cannot help but wonder as I breathe in and inhale the sweet and alluring aroma of vanilla, wherever could vanilla beans come from, how did you get here and how did they come to be so loved.  In this blog post I will attempt to address the mystery  and birth of the world famous vanilla bean. The story of Vanilla unfolds in Mexico where it  all began as the birth place vanilla. It was here in South America where the Vanilla orchid and a tiny bee known as the Melipona bee were discovered. The Melipona bee only native to this area of South America, is the only  known natural pollinator to the vanilla...

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