Vanilla Sugar

Vanilla Sugar

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Premium loofah sponges infused with luxury artisanal soap for a unique bathing experience.

Sweet like a cookie. And like you. You are a cookie.

Ingredients: Glycerin soap base, Loofah sponge, Fragrance, FD&C colorant

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When I came across a vanilla vine with orchid blooms on the street corner, I had no clue what to make of it. The only reason I could identify it was because of a special I had just watched on Food Network, and someone had simply thrown this one aside like a piece of garbage.

Unable to just leave it there, I salvaged it and took it home with me. I found a pot and a stake to hold up the vine and then said a quick prayer, determined to keep the plant alive. After some tender placement and a bit of water, all I could do was wait and watch.

I must have hovered over that poor plant for months… hoping that it would take root, hoping that it would survive and thrive… I kept it on the windowsill until winter when I moved it away from the chill of outside. For a while I thought that it must have died, though I kept tending to it in hopes that a spark of life still burned inside it.

A bolt of electricity shot through my soul when the vine started to bud that spring. I watched as the buds grew into flowers and blossomed into beautiful white orchids, but the real miracle is that the vine also grew PODS! Like, vanilla beans, like the stuff they use for flavor!

I didn’t know anything about vanilla beans, but I knew enough about growing plants to figure out when I should pick them. And now that I had them, what should I do? Well, duh, make some vanilla ice cream! What else?

I only ended up with about two good scoops of ice cream, but using fresh vanilla beans made a world of difference. Sadly, the vine didn’t survive to the next season. But I still like to make ice cream using fresh vanilla beans.