4 recipes for the Fourth of July!

Firecrackers and sparklers make the 4th of July extra sparkly, but delicious recipes are what we really look forward to! Here are 4 of our favorite recipes for the 4th of July that you can make ahead of time. Take a little extra time this week and weekend, and have all of Independence Day off to enjoy the summer weather and take in the fireworks show!

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  1. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie a la Mode Popsicles

Nothing says summer fun more than a decadent popsicle. These beauties feature a strawberry rhubarb compote, a vanilla cream layer and a healthy sprinkle of homemade (gluten-free) pie crust topping. We love that you can make all of the ingredients ahead of time, and when you are ready to serve, sprinkle with the pie crust topping and everyone will think you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen!

Make Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Popsicles

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  1. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

When you say 4th of July- we say ICE CREAM! This decadent ice cream recipe takes 1 hour to prepare, then freezes over night and voila, you have a recipe that’s perfect for this festive time of year! Everyone will be screaming for seconds of this tasty treat!

Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

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  1. Naked Vanilla Berry Ice Cream Cake

A naked cake featuring 2 layers of vanilla bean cake and a layer of homemade vanilla bean berry ice cream…summer’s perfect cake! This dreamy cake was whipped up for Rodelle by Beth at The First Year. This recipe is a two day project – but it’s not overly time intensive. Make and bake the cake and allow it to cool completely. Make the ice cream and assemble the cake, then allow it to freeze overnight. The next day add the thin layer of cool whip, decorate the top of the cake, and freeze it until ready to serve! Trust us…it’s worth it!

Make a Naked Vanilla Berry Ice Cream Cake

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  1. Strawberry Pie

A delicious, traditional strawberry filling complimented by a vanilla graham cracker crust. We love the easy assembly of this pie, and the all-natural ingredients that go so well together! We definitely recommend serving this pie with homemade whipped cream!

Make this Strawberry Pie!

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BONUS: Banana Split Ice Cream Cake

This show-stopper summer dessert is definitely our favorite ice cream cake yet. All of your favorite banana split flavors in one impressive dessert! Pineapple ice cream, chocolate cookie crumble, roasted banana ice cream, strawberry ice cream and homemade whipped cream icing….you have to try this one!

Make a Banana Split Ice Cream Cake!

 

 

Vanilla Market Update – May/June 2018

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The Vanilla Market is currently closed as suppliers wait until 2018 season officially opens in July. The opening date of the vanilla market for the past several years has coincided with Madagascar’s Independence Day (June 26th), but this year the vanilla market will open two weeks later on July 15th. The decision to delay the market opening stems from a conscious effort to increase vanilla quality in Madagascar and is predicted to have a positive effect.

Exports for this coming harvest will not start until October, and will not start arriving into the US until later in the 4th quarter. Current bean prices remain at all-time highs because the vast majority of 2017 crops were low quality due to premature picking. This took place because farmers were afraid of theft, and wanted to sell them as quickly as possible. We will have more information on bean quality of the 2018 crops after the market opens in July.

Other regions Uganda, Indonesia and India are still slow to come on board to increase inventories, but they are planting more vines and these beans will be available in the next few years. Once there is a greater supply of vanilla beans available, prices will drop. We continue to build our farmer networks in Madagascar and Uganda, and due to our vertical integration we remain very competitive on pricing within the industry.

Our farmer-owned association of vanilla farmers in Madagascar, Sahanala, is working hard to build trust to encourage vanilla farmers to improve their farming practices and increase output and quality from their vines. Sahanala has employed initiatives like dedicated health programs, a pension fund and rice bank donations to improve the daily lives of vanilla farmers and their families. With the associations’ fair market price and profit sharing, farmers have a greater incentive to register and participate in traceability programs. Rodelle can trace our vanilla back to the specific association and farmers who grew those vanilla beans. With this partnership, Rodelle has eliminated unnecessary links in our vanilla supply chain to provide a better product to our customers. Learn more about Rodelle’s supply chain and partnerships that are helping to shape the vanilla market of the future with our video here:

If you have questions about Rodelle’s vanilla products, feel free to reach out via email at <contact at rodelleinc dot com>!