Mexican vanilla has a different flavor than the typical vanilla extract you would buy in the U.S. It is actually very inexpensive. You can get a huge bottle for just a few dollars. Be careful that the vanilla you buy is labelled "coumarin-free" as some Mexican vanilla contains coumarin, a potentially toxic substance. Some shops sell an imitation Mexican vanilla which tastes pretty much the same as the real thing and is coumarin-free. I bought mine from the shop right on Carnival's pier and didn't realize until I got home that it was imitation; but it tastes the same.
Here is more information than you ever wanted to know about vanilla.
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Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Pamda beat me to the punch....there are a lot of local hot sauces and barbeque sauces out there......have had some pretty good results with some of them (some burn my tastebuds so badly that it is relegated to the stock that goes to my brother!)
Anyone who made it though habenaro sauce is brave. Those are some of the hottest peppers on earth. They make regular jalapenos look like candy.
All the vanilla they sell right at the pier in Mexico is labeled as courmine free right on the bottle and that is the first thing the salespeople tell you if you linger around the vanillla for anytime.
They have some really good khalua filled chocolates. Very tasty but you can get a buzz from eating to many as it is real liqour inside. Much better then the tequila filled chocolates. Those definately had some liqour in them.