My eldest son likes his coffee. He doesn't drink it all day and after those trips to a combat zone, he sure knows hoe to do without the frills in life, but he does like his morning coffee. One morning he ran out of his favorite coffee flavoring. He is a french vanilla snob. His lovely wifey suggested he put some of the vanilla sugar I made in his cup and go to the store later. He tried it. It satisfied his taste and made the morning.
Later, on his trip to the grocery store he looked at the price of his vanilla flavoring with wide open eyes. Of course he bought some but, he started doing the math. How much does it cost times how many times a year did he buy it. $6 x 50-52=$306 !
One vanilla bean at the highest cost plus a 4 pound bag of sugar equals $9. It will cost $15 if he makes a strong flavored sugar and cuts it later. He figures to make his first four pound bag of sugar and reduce not only his cost for a little flavor, but he found the calories were fewer by the spoon full. The flavoring he used had a higher calorie count than two spoons of sugar. It also had alcohol and preservatives and ingredients you couldn't pronounce and when examined closely was in fact an artificial flavoring!
Now THAT is the kind of math they should teach in school! He will make his own flavoring and be able to share some with his wife the baker. He will have the means to make as much as he wants to have for now and to store in his prep pantry and will do it for less money while having a healthier substance to ingest.
I have also found vanilla sugar is available from specialty
spice companies for $31.49 for three pounds and $5.95 for 2.8 fl. oz.! It's crazy money! Make your own!