When I was young, my good friend's family, whose background included Greek ancestry, used to serve a (Greek?) dessert that I believe was called "vanilla." It consisted of a very sweet, smooth and shiny, thick white paste, with a texture very roughly akin to raw (i.e., crystallized) honey. It was served to us by the tablespoon, with the spoonful sitting in a glass of water, for some reason. One would lick it like a lollipop, eventually yielding and biting off a bit -- until it was gone.
I've always wondered about its origins, what this stuff was, what it contained, and how it was/is served in Greece. Anyone?