Has anyone noticed how the price of vanilla beans has shot up lately? I priced them in the store yesterday and they are up to $9 EACH. I checked the local World Market as well and the same thing, so I don't think its a case of one store trying to rip people off. I have a great vanilla bean ice cream recipe that I like to make from time to time which calls for 3 beans. Well at $9 a pop there's no way I'm going to make this anymore. It makes Haagen Daaz look like a bargain!
Does anyone have any idea why this has happened?