WELL THE PRICE OF VANILLA ICE CREAM AND OTHER SWEET TREATS COULD BE GOING UP. BECAUSE YOU SEE VANILLA BEANS ARE IN SHORT SUPPLY IN MADAGASCAR AND THE PRICES HAVE MORE THAN TRIPLED. HOW THE VANILLA SHORTAGE COULD POSSIBLY SOUR YOUR SWEET TOOTH. IF IT’S JUST VANILLA, WE WERE HAPPY TO DECORATE IT WITH A LITTLE VANILLA BEAN. Reporter: KAREN HOLMES SAYS VANILLA IS A COMMON STAPLE IN A LOT OF HER APPETIZING PASTERIES AND CAKES. WE USE THEM TO SEASON BUTTER CREAM. WE USE THEM TO SEASON SUGAR. Reporter: THIS HARVEST SHIPPED ALL THE WAY FROM MADAGASCAR. THEY HAVE AN INCREDIBLY LOW YIELD RIGHT NOW, SO THEIR BEANS ARE NOT COMING. Reporter: IT’S DUE TO POLITICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES. MEANING, BUSINESS OWNERS IN OUR AREA ARE PAYING HIGHER WHOLESALE PRICES. IT ISN’T JUST A DOUBLING OF PRICING. IT’S AFFECTING KAREN’S BOTTOM LINE. IN FEBRUARY WE PAID $120 A POUND FOR BEANS. Reporter: WITHOUT COMPROMISING QUALITY, KAREN IS NOW MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO THE BAKERY’S VANILLA BEAN BUDGET. WE SHOULD EXPECT IT TO GO UP AS HIGH AS 200, TO $250 A POUND. Reporter: FOR NOW, KAREN SAYS SHE’S NOT PASSING THE EXTRA COST ONTO HER CUSTOMERS, BUT SHE KNOWS FOR MANY, THE MOUTH WATERING TASTE OF VANILLA IS IRRESISTIBLE, NO MATTER THE PRICE. VANILLA IS JUST ONE OF THOSE YUMMY, BASIC, CLEAN, BEAUTIFUL FLAVORS IN ITS TRUE PURE FORM, IT’S REALLY SOMETHING SPECIAL. KAREN SAYS THE SHORTAGE