Vanilla extract costs what? A worldwide shortage means it’s time to find other options

September 7, 2018

EVEN LAST YEAR, tipping a bottle of vanilla extract over a teaspoon felt like pouring coins into some of my favorite recipes: my best coffee cake, a vanilla-scented rice pudding, a chocolate-chip cookie that’s better than Toll House but takes twice the vanilla.

At The Essential Baking Company, which supplies grocery stores and restaurants around the region in addition to its own cafes, current recipes aren’t changing much, but the shortage will affect which new pastries are introduced to the bakery case: “I am not looking to use a lot of vanilla in whatever development I’m doing,” said co-founder George De Pasquale.

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