Time for holiday baking/beer brewing! Due to the global shortage of vanilla beans, vanilla prices are through the roof. Cost Plus World Market [worldmarket.com]
has the cheapest price for whole Madagascar Vanilla Beans I could find - on sale right now for $2.39 for a bag of 2 beans. Excellent for homemade creme brulees and custards, vanilla sugar for coffee/cookies, or if you're like me for homebrew purposes. Also excellent for making homemade vanilla extract/vanilla infused spirits.