We aren’t usually ones to be dramatic, but at the beginning of 2017, we faced a problem that was nothing short of a catastrophe. Everything we hold dear — the integrity of our treats, the value of the gifts we deliver, the efficiency of our bakery — it was all threatened by this one problem.
Okay, maybe we are being a little dramatic, but it’s still true.
Currently, there is a worldwide vanilla bean shortage. We don’t have all the details, but basically, when we started to order our supply of vanilla, everyone was telling us it was going to be hard to find.
Pure vanilla extract is one of the main ingredients necessary to create our soft, chewy cookies and buttery blondie bars, so you can imagine the kind of panic that gets sent through our headquarters when someone tells us we might not be able to access it.
Our award-winning brownies were safe, since the recipe doesn’t call for vanilla. But our deliciously mouthwatering Fairytale Cookies and Fairytale Bars account for half our flavors, so it was still a big deal!