hmm, ixirockx, dunno if it's really the alcohol taste in the vanilla, or like Michael said "vanilla flavoring" that's putting you off. most of the time in the grocery store, i find only that imitation crapola in the tiny bottles, and that stuff does have a taste i find less than pleasant. my grandparents live in deep south TX, though, and they bring me big liter bottles of dark mexican vanilla. as in real vanilla, extracted in alcohol, not the imitation stuff. and oddly enough, it tastes WAY better, and has LESS of a chemical-y flavor than the grocery store imitation vanilla.