Know why? There was this major cyclone in Madagascar a few years ago, and it wiped out all the vanilla trees. (No word on the mocha bushes.) The price of vanilla beans jumped up like, two thousand percent, and the big boys quit buying it.
Worse, now that they've switched, they're unlikely to switch back. So, if you like vanilla, real vanilla, you're out of luck. On the bright side, this could remove the stigma of "plain vanilla," and even make white people seem exotic and well, KEWL! (Rapper Vanilla Ice will always be a butthole, though. Sorry, dude.)
BTW, vanilla, like chocolate, originally came from Central America. THANK YOU, Columbus! It was almost worth all the destruction and subjugation! Mmmm, yum-yum!
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