Cinnamon Gum and Danes

Don’t get me wrong, because this is a blog about traveling to the USA, but it also concerns differences and habits of other places.

Danes love their licorice. Salty and strong. Prevalent in many forms, shapes, types of candy, you name it, that funny-tasting stuff is everywhere. For years now, they’ve tried to make a Dane out of me, by offering it to me at every occasion. Licorice Gum?

Salty liquorice, also known as salmiak or salmiakki (in Finland), is a variety of liquorice flavoured with ammonium chloride, common in the Nordic countries

source: wikipedia (



“What, you don’t like our salty licorice? What type of licorice did you eat in the USA?”

That question is asked, assuming that every waking moment had me dreaming of another type of licorice, which is exactly what they (Danes) wanted to hear.

Licorice for me was that sweet, ropy stuff that we ate when at the movies. I wasn’t particularly fond of the stuff, and only wanted it on those special occasions, when something interesting was playing at the Bio, like “Help” with the Beatles. – Look it up, it wasn’t yesterday!

I’ve tried to tell Danes, that instead of licorice, Cinnamon is the preferred taste for candy and gum. At least what I remember of being an American.


This is what I bought at K-mart, to to show you that Cinnamon still is valid as an argument for Americans having different tastes, than Danes.

The smell brings back memories of sticky floors, and of having improper thoughts of Susanne Pleshette. I just looked her up and found out that she died in 2008, being only a young 70 years old. I guess, my friends were more to Racquel Welch, who is a young 76 years old, and who was in a series of really bad movies in the 60s, being chiefly characterized by her scanty costume and large breasts. I feel that I have begun to digress from the original topic of licorice?

I do have another redeeming factor with licorice, with this product here:


This was also a steal at K-mart for $2 or so. It has licorice, but again only on the sweet side. One of its redeeming characteristics is that it is “Fat Free”, but I really would have preferred “Gluten Free” which seems to be on every product, regardless of them having had Gluten, or not!

I know, I’ve lost most Danes with this blog, who are still wondering why Susanne Pleshette would have captured my imagination back then, but if they had been in that movie theatre, the one with the sticky floors, air conditioning and no girl to share it with, then they might have seen the film “If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium”, which was about a group of American Tourists visiting Europe and their antics in doing so. The film starring Susanne Pleshette and Mel Stuart, who by the way didn’t affect me like Susanne did, can be found on YouTube for all of you Susanne Pleshette fans out there!

All right all ready. This blog has been dancing around licorice, with only one more not being shown as yet:

There. Now you’ve all seen, what Danes would like to think of as our (Americans that is) favorite licorice, regardless of what I’ve tried to tell them over the years.

Bright Red Licorice Candy

“Cinnamon!”, They’d probably say.” Cinnamon is for Christmas, and in desserts and the like. Cinnamon is not for candy!”

Alas, I knew there was at least one thing that has stopped me from being accepted as a “Dane” even after all these years. I never got my licorice priorities straight, and until I do, I’ll just remain an American in Limbo, living somewhere outside of the USA and its Cinnamon Dreams.

Dream on………………….


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