What are your "special occasion" ingredients?

So far my special occasion ingredient is vanilla bean, but I know there are probably a lot more pizzazz adding ingredients out there, what's yours?

Bonus discussion question: Does anyone else get a weird sort of "I can't believe you are spending money on that" half glance/eye-roll from people at check-out when they puchase said ingedients? The last time I bought Madagascar vanilla beans at the Commissary (around 8ish bucks I think), the check-out lady gave me a weird diapproving look, like I just bought gold dust or something.

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