When we were on our cruise last year I picked up a bottle of Xalkan vanilla at the pier for $7.00 US for 250 ml. compared to $35 CDN for a 125 ml. bottle of Madagascar Vanilla that I find at home. I like the vanilla very much but remember it does not taste like the Madagascar vanilla that you are used to. The Mexican one has overtones of cinnamom to it. Try out the Mexican vanilla ... the price is not prohibitive and it's worth a taste. Hope this helps. Check out this link that talks about Mexican vanilla.