#8: Toothpaste & Candy that doesn’t taste like licorice

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Maybe it’s a Catholic-guilt issue but, Italians seem to feel the need to punish themselves by making normally delightful and enjoyable  things like fresh minty toothpaste or chewing gum taste like old licorice.

You will find the Expat, staring at the gum rack at the bar or reading toothpaste boxes closely at the supermarket, desperate for something that doesn’t taste like ass.

Anise fans might disagree here (Anise being the likely culprit in any cough drops, mints, gum, etc that has that mystery licorice-like flavor).  But the typical Expat simply doesn’t understand this acquired taste.

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