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I always get a bottle. Used to get the bottle with red rooster on it, but have been buying whatever was available. It is more expensive at the cruise ports, than just going across the border, but still a good deal for excellent vanilla.

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I would avoid vanilla in Mexico. Here is an FDA warning about vanilla in Mexico. It often contains Coumarin which is a substance that is banned in the United States. It doesn't even come from the vanilla bean. Really no different than the imitation stuff here.


Just buy the good stuff here north of the boarder. You can usually get it for a pretty decent price at the warehouse clubs like Costco or Sam's. It can be kept indefinitely and won't go bad. So no worry about having to buy a big bottle.

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Make your own-- its super easy and cheap. I made batches in the fall for christmas and I bottled the with my own labels! Big hit.


I agree - I have made my own for a couple of years now. Just need some vodka and vanilla beans. Easy peasy.

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Every duty free store sells the Los Cinco Soles brand. It is a whole lot cheaper there than online.


In 2012 I bought the Los Cinco Soles brand & it specifically says it does not contain Coumarin on the label.

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This tired chestnut about Mexican vanilla is such a cliche. You can find better quality vanilla at your local Whole Foods or other store in the US. Mexican vanilla was exotic back in the day when Liz Taylor visited Acapulco.


Things have changed! Costco and Sams are in Mexico and nowadays, all the good Mexican stuff from coffee to shrimp to vanilla, is exported to and available in the US and other first world markets and not sold in Mexico.

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