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Price for Vanilla Reaches the Price of Gold
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    Post #1 - April 21st, 2018, 8:01 am
    Post #1 - April 21st, 2018, 8:01 am Post #1 - April 21st, 2018, 8:01 am
    Interesting article: http://www.france24.com/en/20180420-magagascar-vanilla-price-trade-crime-crop-weather
    Ms. Ingie
    Life is too short, why skip dessert?
  • Post #2 - April 21st, 2018, 10:43 am
    Post #2 - April 21st, 2018, 10:43 am Post #2 - April 21st, 2018, 10:43 am

    That's kilos of vanilla to ounces of gold though... Unless you have a source for gold at $600/kilogram.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #3 - November 29th, 2018, 4:10 pm
    Post #3 - November 29th, 2018, 4:10 pm Post #3 - November 29th, 2018, 4:10 pm
    Hi- I am running low on vanilla extract. I just use it in baking and when I make pancakes. For my use, ATK says that imitation vanilla works just as well. They especially like Gold Medal imitation vanilla, but I just checked on the company's website, and there are no stores in Illinois that carry it. There are two small chains in Indiana that carry it. ATK also recommends McCormick real vanilla. I've usually either bought WF's store brand or Simply Organic which I also buy at Whole Foods. Can anybody recommend any place to get the Gold Medal imitation or get real vanilla extract that does not cost $10 a small bottle? How about Sam's Club? I know I would have to buy a five year supply there, but I am going there today anyway, and no I am not a member of Costco. Even Aldi's real vanilla costs over $5 a small bottle. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #4 - November 29th, 2018, 6:08 pm
    Post #4 - November 29th, 2018, 6:08 pm Post #4 - November 29th, 2018, 6:08 pm
    JoelF wrote:

    That's kilos of vanilla to ounces of gold though... Unless you have a source for gold at $600/kilogram.


    Yup. Gold is about $1200 per ounce, or $19000 per pound or $42999 per kilo.

    At $600 per kilo an ounce of vanilla is about $17. Hardly cheap, but not gold like.
  • Post #5 - November 30th, 2018, 2:50 am
    Post #5 - November 30th, 2018, 2:50 am Post #5 - November 30th, 2018, 2:50 am
    Before Thanksgiving, we'd seen vanilla on sale at a couple grocery stores for $4 per 2oz bottle, but $8-10 is more common. The big bottle at Costco (12oz?) Has been running in the mid 30s.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #6 - November 30th, 2018, 3:34 am
    Post #6 - November 30th, 2018, 3:34 am Post #6 - November 30th, 2018, 3:34 am
    I just got back from Mexico, where we bought some Orlando vanilla (my favorite vanilla). We got 250 ml (8.45 oz) bottles for approximately $5. Also got some big 500 ml bottles for just under $10.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #7 - January 9th, 2019, 7:19 am
    Post #7 - January 9th, 2019, 7:19 am Post #7 - January 9th, 2019, 7:19 am
    Are Those Gold Teeth or Did You Just Eat in the Gaudiest Place on Earth?
    An edible-gold arms race is on in the United Arab Emirates, and the upscale treats can be a mess to eat. ‘I had gold all over my teeth and my mouth.’

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/are-those- ... 1546966565
    Hors D'oeuvre: A ham sandwich cut into forty pieces.
    - Jack Benny
  • Post #8 - January 9th, 2019, 12:54 pm
    Post #8 - January 9th, 2019, 12:54 pm Post #8 - January 9th, 2019, 12:54 pm
    Dave148 wrote:
    Are Those Gold Teeth or Did You Just Eat in the Gaudiest Place on Earth?
    An edible-gold arms race is on in the United Arab Emirates, and the upscale treats can be a mess to eat. ‘I had gold all over my teeth and my mouth.’

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/are-those- ... 1546966565


    David Cross used to do a bit about being served edible gold in restaurants:

    "But the very last dessert, the pièce de résistance, was a pyramid-shaped, chocolate sculpture-thing with real live gold shaved onto the top of it. Gold. You know the pretty metal that has no discernible taste to it? There it was, on top of our candy. Mocking all who had labored to bring it forth from whatever underground cave, in whatever shithole country where it originated. (I'm talking to you, Australia and South Africa!) This, it occurs to me, might be the ultimate "fuck you" to the poor of the world. Let's see...it's tasteless, odorless, and the nutritional benefits are nil. In other words, the only pleasure one might receive from the gold shaving (visual) is nullified as soon as it's eaten. Hmmm…it's kind of fun to wonder, though, how many people got injured, or maimed, or even killed getting that piece of gold to your table and into your stomach. "

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