Video

An American’s guide to food allergies in Germany: Gluten- and lactose-free shopping tips

Germany is well known for its abundance of bread and beer, but unfortunately for those with gluten allergies or other food intolerances, this can be a bit tricky.

So here’s a little video I thought I’d share about where to shop (and what you can get) in german grocery stores that help those of you with food allergies (:


Released on Feb. 10, 2021

Video transcript: 00:00
no matter where you go you can always at
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least find some
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gluten-free pasta the possibilities
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are in fact endless
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hello everybody welcome back to my
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channel if you don’t already know
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my name is aspen i’m an american living
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in the fantastic meeting germany
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and i talk about what it’s like living
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abroad so basically the cliche
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and well just the
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truth of it is is that germany is a very
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bread heavy country just bread really
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like bread
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and dairy and meat and all of that stuff
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that might be a little bit tricky if you
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have any food intolerances or if you’re
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maybe just a more plant-based
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in general when it comes to your dietary
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preferences
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to lay the foundation myself me
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i have a bunch of not very cool
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allergies
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and a bunch of those are food allergies
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so as much as i love bread as much as i
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love kesa i really
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cannot eat it often and should not
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be eating it often so the first couple
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years i was here
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i did have the problem to wear there was
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not a lot of options for
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alternative products i can buy food just
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became really not that fun
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really not that great however recently
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there’s been a ton a ton of new ones
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and it’s the most exciting thing ever
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first things first
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gluten allergies this is actually been
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really cool the past years because
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at all the main stores even some of the
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discounter ones like aldi
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or penny and these ones they have
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gluten-free products
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which is the most exciting thing in the
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world and no matter where you go you can
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always at least
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find some gluten-free pasta so
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the possibilities are in fact
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endless no bad jokes aside you can find
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bazillion different types of gluten-free
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bread which is in itself
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really really cool there is tons and
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tons of
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different gluten-free pre-mixed flour
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options and varieties
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quick educational corner gluten is a
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family of proteins that’s found in
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certain types of grain biggest example
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would be wheat
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so if you do love baking if you do love
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cooking with
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flour it can be very tricky with
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gluten-free variations of flour because
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unfortunately
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this gluten protein is what binds
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everything together gives you this
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really nice sticky texture has these
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great reactions you need
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to get fluffy and light baked goods and
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bread
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whereas without the gluten everything
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doesn’t quite stick together it doesn’t
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quite
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work as well so having the options to
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find pre-made
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guaranteed mixtures of gluten-free flour
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that work well
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it’s it’s absolutely my favorite thing
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there’s snacks like from like pretzels
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or pretzel sticks to
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various biscuits and baked goods even
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and the cool thing is like at christmas
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a lot of the stores the past years now
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come out with all these
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german christmas cookies that are gluten
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free like lab cooking
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and simpsiana and all of this stuff and
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so you’re like
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oh yes i’m always included in the fun
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okay but wait before i get too excited
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before i ramble too much
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guys guys guys if this video is helpful
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so far please give me a
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great big thumbs up it lets me know if i
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should continue making this content not
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only because i enjoy it but because it
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helps you as well
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and it’s pretty nice so next move we go
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to lactose allergies
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so basically any milk products some
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people of course
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cannot have milk cannot have cheese
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cannot have anything and they have
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terrible reactions
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luckily for me it’s mainly milk
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that if i drink i’m gonna throw up
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not really a good idea i can have like a
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little bit
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sometimes mix in with stuff i can have
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like a little
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little smidge of ice cream now and then
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but it’s always best to stay away from
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it
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and luckily in germany this is not hard
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to do
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and it does not get boring my one true
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love is oat milk
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this is the best thing ever the flavor
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is amazing it goes it blends with
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everything it’s good in my tea
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it’s good in my food it’s good in my
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coffee it’s just
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what can it not i never get tired of it
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however in germany it’s not just that
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you can get
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soy milk or oat milk but you can also
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get almond milk you can also get cashew
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milk you can also get
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coconut milk rice milk just
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all the milks and they’ve even started
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giving more options like oatmeal creme
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fraiche and
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different types of little dairy cooking
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products you know like there’s a soya or
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well oat milk as well cream for cooking
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which is
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awesome if like you’re making some sort
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of tart or soup
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so great they have tons and tons of
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dairy-free yogurt just
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basically has all the same so you got oh
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you got coconut
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you even have soy
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and oat base gear which is just
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the bomb.com oh you can also get
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lactose free crack is something
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where
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it’s this huge staple in germany and we
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don’t really have it in the states
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if you try to translate it with any
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trend just general translator it says
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curd and that’s not really
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that doesn’t make any sense to say what
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it is but imagine
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like greek yogurt or skier some
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super thick one but like double c
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thick dairy product like super healthy
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it’s low calorie it’s super high protein
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it’s
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amazing you can mix it with anything put
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it in anything it’s so good
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you can get those now with all these
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different varieties
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of plant-based and nut milks
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and it’s just i love being included
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and then it’s not even those things that
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are exciting but the fact
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that convenience foods you can also get
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so for example
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at irica and veva i’ve seen
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and it’s consistent now they have frozen
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pizzas
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that are gluten free and lactose free
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okay i’m not a big pizza person but
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every once in a while and i really
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really want one i don’t want to make it
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homemade because i don’t have time for
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that you gotta wait ages for your dough
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to rise and i just
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i just want some gross like freezer
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pizza you know
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and they have it it’s just
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actually the other day too i saw riva
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they have a vegan frozen pizza
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so if y’all are no animal product at all
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type people then check it out
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actually in general if you’re vegetarian
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or vegan there are tons and tons of
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options as well in grocery stores that
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are expanding
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for you know meat-free
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meat substitutes i mean it’s just crazy
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there’s tons of like rows of different
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lunch meats and sausages
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and i even saw the other day this uh one
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that was like
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dooner but
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not me
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definitely not for me but perhaps
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for you guys that’s what you both
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looking for sweet treats and stuff too
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there’s this really really good line of
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vegan gummy bears i always get
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so good they have these ones they’re
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called fred fiacca fair girls piglets
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really cute
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but they’re so soft and they’re so tasty
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and just
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great i recommend those for sweet treat
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and if you’re an ice cream lover
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i recently just found my favorite new
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ice cream
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and it’s completely plant-based it’s
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called no moo so
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cute name bonus point but also they have
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really amazing flavors they have this
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like
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salted peanut one that’s just they also
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have this apple one too
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which what is the name
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of the apple food they have just kinda
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box the like
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like the cooked apple with them
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whatever that is i can’t remember the
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name at the moment i’ll probably put the
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text here when i’m editing and
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like a goober but they have that flavor
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too and it’s
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it’s just honestly the best the best so
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obviously i’m kind of hungry right now
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and this video is
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going downhill so i will leave you with
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those
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informations and hopefully that has made
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your life in germany
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as improved as it has mine i will talk
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to you guys next time
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ciao
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