• There could be a vanilla ice cream shortage this summer and the internet is not happy about it

    Ice cream fans, brace yourselves – we could be heading towards a shortage of everyone's favourite basic flavour this summer. Vanilla prices have been soaring, meaning the spice now costs around £400 a kilo wholesale – 30 times what it did just a few years ago, and making it even more expensive than sliver. Ice cream makers have been absorbing the price, but may have to look at raising them if the trend continues. And it appears the increase is all down to our obsession with natural ingredients. According to The Economist, most of the world's vanilla is grown