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“You know why the French hate us so much? They gave us the croissant… We turned it into our croissandwich”*…

 

There’s a looming crisis in France.  Over the last year, the wholesale price of butter there has almost doubled, to over $5,000 per ton.  Exploding demand in Asia and a shifting of producer priorities to cheese and cream help explain the spike.

But whatever the reasons, it’s creating a tight squeeze for the 30,000 bakeries in France (a $9.5 Billion industry); butter is 25% of the ingredient make-up of a croissant.

More at “Croissant Apocalypse.”

* Denis Leary

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As we eat ’em if we have ’em, we might recall that today– the birthday of Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for the discovery of vitamins– is National Vanilla Milkshake Day.

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