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On the occasion of Children's Day, ShopAlike asked members of its international team about their sweetest childhood memories. They shared great stories with us from around the world - from Kenya to Malaysia, from India to Brazil. We hope you like them too!

Singapore: Dinosaur Milo

"Milo is an irreplaceable delicacy among children from Signapur, in particular chocolate powder sprinkles. Beautiful days, in which we spent a lot of time playing outside, often ended up running for a chilled, sweet drink. Sucking in the drink very quickly, we often wound ourselves with a straw and undissolved powder irritated our throats "- Pin-Ji

The Milo Dinosaur appears in the Singapore edition of the popular Taboo card game, referring to local pop culture. If this drink seems decadent to you, wait until you meet Godżilla Milo, who is Milo's Dinosaur, but with a ball of vanilla ice cream!

Sweden: Hockey powder

"On Sunday after the church, when the adults met for a chat in the church cafe, all the kids ran down to the candy store. For us, sweets meant only one thing: explosions! So we winced and we bulged our eyes - all because of the most extreme flavors and magical sizzling. Salmiak (salty licorice) was for us what bourbon later became. Every time I dropped another box of pure salmiak flavor powder with a wedged finger, I sniffed it for a week, until I could buy another one. " - Aslog

When it was first introduced in the mid-1970s, Hockey powder was called Hockeysnus ", or snuff. However, producers had to change the name due to public criticism according to which he promoted tobacco among children.

Denmark: Palaegschokolade

"When it came to food, I was a very picky child. I didn't like fish, vegetables or even pancakes. I often pretended to be full after the first bites of dinner - my mother was terribly nervous and my dad accepted it. Anyway, I always begged my dad for a slice of palaegschokolade an hour later. I usually got it and I could go to sleep and dream about my chocolate sky! " - Asta

Palaegschokolade "literally means" chocolate spreads "and this is what they are - thin slices of chocolate made for making sandwiches. And Danes like it the most. According to statistics, Danish children between 4 and 14 years old eat up to two slices of palaegschokolade per day throughout the year, i.e. 3 kg per child per year. Adults also enjoy this sweetness, but they usually skip bread and eat it like plain chocolate. It may not be the healthiest diet, but without a doubt the tastiest!

Guatemala: Cream cheese tortillas

"One of the clearer childhood memories I have is the smell of freshly fried tortillas. Every time I feel this mixture of corn cake, flour and cottage cheese, I turn into a six-year version of myself. Little me, waiting for tortillas in the kitchen, unwilling to eat anything else, and my mother, upset that she doesn't want to eat vegetables at all. And finally it happened. Mom won by adding fried beans to cottage cheese. That's how my favorite tortilla was born. " - Juan

Guatemalan tortillas resemble those of Mexico, but are smaller and, in Guatemala, simply replace bread. And if you add some vegetables to them, then this treat becomes something healthy.

Brazil: Bolinhos de Chuva

"One day I was very sad because I couldn't go to the pool because of illness

with friends. My grandmother then gave me bolinhos de chuva to comfort me and said that they have magical power that will make me feel better and something wonderful will happen. In Sao Paulo we can experience four seasons in one day. As soon as I ate dessert from my grandmother, it suddenly fell apart and my friends visited me and played with me at home. It was a wonderful day! For many years I believed in my grandmother's magical power. " - Alicia

Bolinhos de Chuva literally mean raindrop pancakes "are a popular dessert in Portugal

and Brazil. Like donuts, they are made from flour, eggs, milk and baking powder. The dough is baked in deep oil. Brazilians prefer to prepare this dessert on rainy days.

South Africa: caramel

"Caramel is basically a baking additive, which is bought in cans and it is not used to eat it. But, since me and my friend from primary school did not get pocket money for sweets, we simply stole her from her mother's supplies. We secretly climbed the roof of her house and ate her with spoons until we had enough sweets that we had to go down for water. We also did this throughout high school. And today, whenever we see each other, we sneak a can of caramel to enjoy it and the memories associated with it. Today, however, it is much too sweet for us and it's hard to imagine how we were able to lick the can to the bottom. " - Christine

Caramel is an essential ingredient for many South African desserts, such as the Peppermint Crisp Tart loved by all kids, or the Christmas Trifle. It can be compared to dulce de leche, popular in Latin America, which is made of heated, sweetened milk.

Kenya: sugar cane

"Although I was raised in Denmark, my family is from Kenya. Whenever my mother visited her country, she brought me my favorite delicacy - sugar cane! I loved watching her peel her skin. One day she was angry with me, so I decided to take matters into my own hands - a bad idea! I ended up in the hospital with a wounded hand. I was so excited that I cut my index finger with a knife. Ouch! " - Berery

As is well known, sugar cane is used to make sugar. Freshly peeled, you can eat raw, it has a sweet taste. In other regions, this plant is also used to make pens, screens and mats. Useful and edible in one!

India: Cadbury milk chocolate

"Cadbury chocolate was an obsession for me and my brother. Our parents initially used it as a strange way to encourage us to get to school - we got it when we promised to go. Then it became our daily morning ritual. We hid their entire tablets or ran away from home to eat it peacefully and lick the silverware to the end. Thanks to this, we didn't have to share our treasure with anyone. "- Salman

Milk chocolate Cadbury is British chocolate cubes, which appeared in Great Britain for the first time in 1905. For about 10 years, it has become the best-selling chocolate in the country and is still the favorite for many today. In 2007 Cadbury prepared a campaign in which the gorilla plays the 80s Phil Colins hit drums "Something in the Air Tonight," which became a huge online hit.

Philippines: Hello

"Growing up in the Philippines, I loved halo-halo. This treat consists of local fruit, raisins, ice cream and condensed milk. The drink refreshed us on hot and stuffy days. At the very sight of parents returning from the supermarket with a bag full of ingredients for halo-halo, we got goosebumps together with our siblings. They served the drink only at parties or special occasions, and this gave it real uniqueness! Halo-halo is hardly seen outside the Philippines, which is why I never refuse it! " - Francis

Word Hello "means in Tagalog mix". So halo-halo it double mixed. "
If you are a fan of the TV show "Top Chef" you certainly remember the prepared halo-halo dessert in one of the episodes of the challenge quickfire dish. " It's not everything! Even a celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain displayed our dessert on Twitter, calling it "oddly beautiful"

Malta: Kinnie drink

"Kinnie is a drink that I always got from my grandfather when I was little. Every time I drink it today, I remember moments spent with it. It is simply a local conservatory whose composition is a closely guarded secret. It resembles a bit bitter lemonade, only with orange flavor. " - Kevin

Kinnie appeared in Malta in 1952. as an alternative to cola, which became very popular in Europe after World War II. The drink quickly became a hit among the Maltese, while foreigners remained skeptical about it. Today, however, Kinnie has gained fans outside of Malta and is exported to countries such as Australia, Russia, Great Britain, Italy and Germany.

Hong Kong: instant Mamee soup

"It was my favorite elementary school dainty. Everyone got excited if anyone brought this crunchy noodles to school. Everyone ran straight to her / him to ask if they could get some! However, we did not eat this soup, as it should be prepared, we never poured boiling water on it! We just added spices, mixed and tadam - ready! The only drawback is that the spices are very salty and do not add fresh breath ... " - Kelsi

Instant Mamee soup is popular all over the world. The slogan of the brand is "The world of good taste", and its specialty is ease of preparation - famous in Asian countries. In 2008, Mamee joined the world of football, becoming a sponsor of the English club Manchester United.

Russia: cottage cheese in the coating

"I have always loved cheese, and the cottage cheese that I ate as a child was the beginning of this passion. This delicacy is made from cottage cheese, sugar, butter and vanilla. The whole is immersed in chocolate coating. It is stored in the fridge. It is small but full of nutrition. I remember asking my mother for him on my way from kindergarten. Small dairy shops were everywhere in St. Petersburg, so it wasn't difficult. It was also quite easy to convince my mother as this delicacy is so healthy. " - Daria

Glazed cottage cheese has been made in Russia since the 1930s, but only two types were available in the Soviet Union era - vanilla and chocolate. Today there are about 40 flavors on the market, and their fans have even created a special page to share their passion.

Finland: Metrilaku

"Metrilac (licorice meter) is a candy that can only be bought in Finland. It is a long, round licorice candy in different colors and flavors. I usually bought them with my sister and cousins ​​when we went to the grandmother's booth in the summer. Banana is my favorite! " - Sagal

Don't be fooled by the name of this sweetness, meter licorice typically measures 70cm. Acid and salty, black and colorful, freaky or not - the most undecided will be in trouble choosing one of the 30 types of these Finnish sweets!

Norway: Polish sausage in a lompe pie

"Polse is a kind of sausage. And although there are many ways to eat it, it only creates the best combination with lompe. Lompe is a type of potato tortilla in which you can wrap a sausage. My parents used them to persuade me to ski. "We'll take polse and lompe and make a bonfire! You love it! "And I have always been persuaded." - Espen

Polse are loved not only by children - they are also eaten during the Norwegian Constitution Day, which is celebrated on May 17, as well as grilling them at popular picnics, where they are more popular than steaks. Another popular method of eating polse is to make them hot dogs. They are then wrapped in bacon, or sprinkled with crunchy dried onions.

United Kingdom: Ice Freak (Screwball)

"My mother forbade me and my siblings to chew gum. We were always sad in the store, looking at their colorful packaging with the thought that they would never be ours. There was one clever way to do it - screwballs! It is raspberry ice in a plastic package with two chewing gums at the very bottom. After unpacking it, I was always a little disappointed because the chewing gum was frozen and hard as stone. Over time, it melted, but when it did, it usually lost its ballooning properties. Still, the ice nut was a manifestation of my seven-year-old child rebellion. " - Ros

Freak ice cream appeared in the UK in the '70s. The best fun while eating a freak is to wait for the taste of hidden chewing gum to be discovered. Children dig into their treasure with a plastic or wooden spoon.

France: jam sandwich

"My grandmother had raspberry bushes. In the summer we always picked raspberries and prepared jam and syrup from them. Each of us later got a jar. We applied the same jam to a fresh baguette after returning from school. The fact that the jam was homemade made it taste extremely good,

and sandwiches are still associated with summer afternoons. " - Fanny

This afternoon snack (sometimes also at 10 am) is called "le gouter" and is very typical in France and among French people living abroad. So if you come across a Frenchman who is hungry in the afternoon, he will often tell you that C'est normal, c'est l'heure du gouter "-" it's completely normal, because it's time for a snack. " So it's time for a snack!

Malaysia: Roti Aiskrim

"It wasn't love at first sight. I've always wondered what exactly is it like in a few ice cream balls in a bun? Until that weekend, when my dad took me on a trip to the waterfall and suddenly a "motorbike rider came up." After a few skeptical years, I decided to give Roti one more chance. It turned out that I've been wrong all these years! The melting ice cream just refreshes in the Malaysian sun! Since then, I have made up for years of ignorance by buying Roti Aiskrim every time an opportunity arose! "- Johan

Iceman on a motorbike ”is a motorcycle ice cream salesman with a big bell in his hand. Children are crazy about its sound, in the rhythm of which they run from homes and schools for ice cream. Mounted on a motorcycle, the fridge manages to cool even in a tropical climate.

Italy: Cucciolone ice cream

"Cucciolone reminds me of summer and beach holidays with my family. Always before the first bite I asked my mother to read me jokes that were printed on both sides of them (later, when I grew up, I did it myself). They seemed very funny to me at the time, although today I find them rather poor. " - Federico

Cucciolone is one of the many European sweets where you can find funny stories. Jokes are rather bad, but they entertain their main audience, i.e. children. The name ice cream means "little animals".

Spain: chocolate cake

"Cake with cookies and chocolate is my childhood taste. Children usually receive this cake at their birthday party. Everyone thought his mother was doing the best! We have always been waiting impatiently for our birthday to be able to eat this delicious dessert! " - Carmen

The trick to making this delicious cake without baking is to soak the biscuits in milk until they become spongy - not melted! Traditionally, the cake is finished with coconut flakes, alternatively crumbled cakes or raisins and whipped cream.

Slovakia: Granko chocolate drink

"Grinch is simply the best chocolate drink in the world! We've always had it at home and I drink it to this day whenever I visit my family. Now when I live in Germany, where Granko cannot be bought, I always bring a box with me to enjoy it. " - Barbora

Granko was founded in 1979 in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and continues to enjoy unflagging popularity in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. And having his company white mug with red dots became a real duty for every self-respecting drink fan. If you do not necessarily like to drink hot chocolate, you can also enjoy its taste in the form of flakes or syrup.

Taiwan: egg pies

"Our family home was located near the street market with vegetables, where egg pies were sold. For me, as a three-year-old child, it was the first culinary experience outside the home. Not only the delicious taste, but the very process of preparing them fascinated me and encouraged me to visit my mother again at this stall. I just loved watching the butter melt on a hot iron plate until a dark brown, crunchy cake formed! " - Veela

Take a walk through the Taiwanese markets and you will immediately feel the smell of animal-shaped egg pancakes floating in the air. Their ingredients are eggs, flour and sugar - they are vegetarian friendly. They are usually served with chocolate or nut filling, although the locals believe that they taste best without any additions.

Germany: Torooo - Cake by Benjamin Blumchen

"For many years it was hard to imagine a birthday party without this cake. Although it was the most popular, it did not always satisfy everyone. In fact, he sometimes created a lot of problems. When there were too many guests, it was necessary to fight a real battle for a piece. And when he was able to get it, he was usually very small. At other times, when one piece was left, of course the birthday boy or birthday boy ate. Sometimes we did competitions to determine who would get an extra piece. Such problems of the First World among children of the 90s. " - Luisa

Toroo - Cake Benjamin Blumchen took its name from a German television program Benjamin Blumchen "about an elephant and his friends. The program was broadcast in 1990–2004 and was extremely popular. It was therefore natural that the children loved the ice cream cake with chocolate and strawberry filling. Though delicious, this cake also had the power to destroy friendships. Forever…

Hungary: Turo Rudi

"Turo Rudi is adored by all Hungarian children! It may seem strange to others, but we just love this chocolate bar filled with cottage cheese or curd milk. Even if for others it is no specialty, for me it is a symbol of my childhood in Hungary " - Norbert.

This chocolate bar has been popular in Hungary since 1969. Today, in addition to the traditional vanilla flavor, it is available in many sizes and flavors, such as fruit jam, strawberry, raspberry or peach filling. In the early stages, when Turo Rudi appeared on the market, it was considered a healthy treat for children. Still, modern nutrition experts are not of the same opinion.

Netherlands: Hagelslag

"Hagelslag chocolate sprinkles are probably the biggest evil for Dutch parents. Every day, my brother and I begged for sandwiches with her, which we got, but only when we ate at least one of the "boring" healthy supplements. This, of course, often ended up arguing. The manufacturer hagelslag later added Funnies (small white pieces of chocolate in various shapes) to them and the goal was to have as many as possible on your sandwich. As we had their whole mountains on our sandwiches at some point, my mother put them in the box and gave us only one Funnie for a slice. Breakfast was never the same again ... " - Megan

Over 750,000 slices of bread with chocolate sprinkles are eaten daily in the Netherlands. Venz, their largest producer, introduced Funnies in 1997. and since then they appear twice a year.

Morocco: Henry's wafers

"In Morocco, we have a traditional afternoon tea between leaving work / school and dinner. As a child of the 90s, the best thing you could get was a Henry's wafer with a cup of Moroccan mint tea. I loved dipping it in tea until it softened and became so delicate - then I ate it! Many children ate their wafer in the same way! I always remember a carefree childhood when I eat Henry. " - Abdullah

There is a cup of tea on Henry's packaging that suggests the correct way to eat this treat. As Moroccan children have always eaten these wafers in this way, it is debated what came first - packaging or style of food. After all, there is only one simple rule - Henry's and tea always come together!

Belgium: chocolate biscuits with dinosaurs

"Chocolate biscuits with dinosaurs were the best snack during school trips to the museum or the forest. Ticeratops was my favorite. And the best fun while eating - imagining that I hunt for them ". - Britta

These biscuits are sold in some European countries, so it's worth checking to see if you can also find them in your supermarket. Biscuits have the shapes of various dinosaurs. Which one do you like the most? A powerful T-rex, full of Triceratops, or maybe a vegan Stegosaurus?

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