Many, many years ago a dear friend had occasion to travel to Mexico. She brought back Mexican
Vanilla. (I was not familiar at the time and this was quite a treat). She explained that she had to go
to a "liquor store" to purchase this vanilla.
It was divine!
I had my catering business at the time and when I would prepare a dessert, I would pause and think,
"is this worthy of the fabulous Mexican vanilla?"
I actually stretched that vanilla for quite some time!
Fast forward many, many years and another dear friend gave me a bottle of Mexican vanilla that he
was gifted. Since he no longer baked much he thought of me and that I would enjoy it. Right he was!
I must say though, this vanilla seemed so very different. The smell was not as luxurious as what I
remembered and the taste did not send me over the moon.
Shortly after that, another very dear friend traveled to Mexico and brought me back a bottle of the
legendary vanilla. I was so very thrilled and quizzed her on the purchase. She did not have to go to
a "liquor store" for this vanilla. Again, it was lovely but not the aromatic sublime essence I had
So, I am in a quandary. Has the Mexican vanilla changed over the years? Why is it no longer sold only in liquor stores? Have they succumbed to the version in the States?
Guess I will have to schedule a trip to Mexico to research vanilla and discover for myself what is
the current status of vanilla!