www.myspicesage.com has a deal where you get 8 free madagascar vanilla beans with ANY order. They also let you pick a 1 oz sample of almost any spice they sell with your order. Shipping is free if you spend over $40 and otherwise is pretty reasonable. I have used them before and had wonderful results. you can put a bean into a bottle of mild spirits (vodka or rum work well) and let it sit for a few weeks. I use this instead of vanilla most of the time because it gives a great flavor. You can also put a bean into a container of sugar - just make sure the bean is covered. If you use powdered coffee creamer try putting a bean into the container. It will give a really nice flavor to the creamer with-o adding any calories. Enjoy!