2016 Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day is today!

Today at all Ben and Jerry’s locations the 37th annual Free Ice-Cream giveaway will take place! Who wouldn’t want to brighten up their Tuesday with Free Ice-Cream!

Ben and Jerry’s are located in 32 out of the 50 states and every store location across the country that is open today can be found here.

Ben and Jerry’s has over 100 different flavors that can all be found here.

In San Diego, Ben and Jerry’s has partnered up with the  San Diego Humane Society bringing many puppies to greet San Diego guests!

Fortune, has covered today’s event with a news story on the Ice-Cream Extravaganza that can be found here.

Ben and Jerry’s online website can be found here.


Starbucks Offends Customer!

Do you know how many calories are in your Starbucks coffee?

A Starbucks customer was highly offended by the writing placed on his coffee. This man, who asked to remain anonymous, purchased a Grande White Mocha that had written, “Diabetes here I come”. Little did the Starbucks employee know, the man has two sisters who have been fighting Type 1 Diabetes since they were young. Thus, the man was triggered by the comment and wrote back on the cup, “2 of my sisters are diabetic, so … not funny.”

The angered customer sent a picture of the Mocha to the store manager who is working to fix the problem and said, “We strive to provide an inclusive and positive experience for our customers, and we’re disappointed to learn of this incident. We are working directly with the customer to apologize for his experience, and with our partners (employees) to ensure this does not happen again.”

So how many calories are in your Starbucks coffee? The answer is unbelievable- The Grande White Mocha above is a 16 oz. with 470 calories. Thus, Starbucks has been under fire for how unhealthy some of their drinks are. To put in perspective how much 470 calories is, imagine more calories than a double-cheese burger from McDonald’s!

Shocking Starbucks nutrition facts can be found here.

Madagascar is Short on Vanilla: Ice-Cream Prices Will Rise Summer ’16

Vanilla Prices Will Spike

Many ice-cream fans might take vanilla for granted, but the beans are actually bold aromatics that are becoming increasingly popular in the health movement for natural and organic ingredients in food.

The problem is not with the demand for Vanilla, but for the lack of supply. Believe it or not, Madagascar, the African island nation is one of the world’s leading vanilla-bean producers. In Madagascar last year, a very poor harvest has led us to believe that Vanilla prices will rise this upcoming Summer ’16.

The price of vanilla beans has more than tripled in the last year. Quality vanilla now goes for $250/kilogram versus $80/kilogram a year ago.

The price boost is attributed not only to lower supply, but poorer quality. Some growers harvested the beans prematurely.

That means cakes, ice cream or even perfume could face rising prices,  Some companies are even going as far as searching for alternatives to avoid sourcing the more expensive vanilla.