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  • hey guys welcome back to  how to switzerland the most  

  • informative and entertaining guide to switzerland  on the internet sarah here today and in today's  

  • video i'm going to be sharing with you  some things that you can buy in switzerland

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  • things that you cannot buy in switzerland now  when i go through this list i know everyone's  

  • going to tell me you can you can buy those things  um and that very well may be true but this is just  

  • my personal experience as an american living  in switzerland these are the things i really  

  • do not find very easily maybe there's some online  websites or some places you can order these things  

  • but these are common items for me growing  up in the us like quite normal things that  

  • you would find pretty much everywhere  that are either impossible to find or  

  • a little bit difficult to find or just more rare  in switzerland so the first category is baking  

  • items so i like to bake obviously a lot of my  favorite things that i ate growing up in america  

  • like peanut butter cookies or chocolate chip  cookies different kind of cakes or whatever and  

  • i often run into the problem that recipes call for  brown sugar okay and i cannot find brown sugar in  

  • switzerland now if you ask a swiss person um do  you have brown sugar if you go into the grocery  

  • store and you ask where is the brown sugar you ask  you know about this it's just people will tell you  

  • usually in my experience that you can find brown  sugar in switzerland but this is a little bit of  

  • like a cultural clash because if you ask a swiss  person about brown sugar they will refer you to  

  • this sugar that you can find in switzerland  that's called sukur rotsukur which is basically  

  • sugar in the raw um in that we have in the u.s  so it is brown in color but it is not the brown  

  • sugar that a lot of recipes call for so american  brown sugar if you're swiss watching and you've  

  • never heard of it it looks like this and so it  looks quite similar to brown sugar you find in  

  • switzerland but it's actually just regular sugar  with mixed with some sort of molasses and so this  

  • american style brown sugar you can really pack  into a ball it's very strange it has a very  

  • um strong flavor stronger than regular sugar so  you need it for a lot of recipes but you can make  

  • it on your own with regular sugar and molasses but  anyways that's for another video so i managed to  

  • get around without it but this is definitely one  of the things on my must-buy list whenever i go  

  • back to the us i'm always bringing back some brown  sugar also when it comes to baking i find that in  

  • switzerland it is a lot harder to find seasonal uh  baking decorations so for example over christmas i  

  • was making sugar cookie cutout cookies you know  that you cut out frost and then put you know  

  • themed sprinkles on top or whatever so for  christmas i was looking for some uh you know red  

  • and green and trees and whatever kind of shaped  sprinkles that you would find very easily in any  

  • walmart in the us or whatever in the us they go  really crazy with seasonal stuff as soon as it's  

  • spring they'll you know have tons of seasonal  cake mixes cookie mixes decorations everything  

  • for every little season um but in switzerland  they of course do have some seasonal decorations  

  • but i find it a lot more tricky to find um you  know like the the red and green sprinkles for  

  • christmas that's what i was looking for mainly  and i couldn't find it so it's one of those things  

  • that i added to my usa shopping list okay so the  second category is a really really big one you  

  • guys and i'm just gonna group it together and then  go over it these are food items that i used to eat  

  • commonly um in the united states but i cannot find  them in switzerland and i'm not sure why on a few  

  • of them so the first one i'm going to talk about  because it's been kind of bothering me lately is  

  • corn on the cob so this is the kind of corn on  the cob that i can find around here i cannot find  

  • corn on the cob um that i'm used to as an american  so growing up um corn on the cob that we ate was  

  • a full it's called a husk a full thing of  corn in the in the husk in the green part all  

  • of that you buy it like you know like that and  usually they were like i don't know six or ten  

  • for one or two us dollars very very cheap corn  again i don't know if that's because it's gmo or  

  • it's horrible or whatever but it was very easy to  find corn on the cob um sold like that whereas in  

  • switzerland i swear i've been to every grocery  store close to my house looking for corn on the  

  • cob because it's grill season now we've got our  grill out i love grilling corn on the cob and all  

  • i can find is this vacuum sealed corn which is  actually super expensive i think i paid almost  

  • three dollars three swiss francs three us dollars  for this tiny pack of two vacuum sealed corns um  

  • yeah they're all right you know i mean you can eat  them but you cannot compare it to me to the corn  

  • um that i ate in the u.s that was fresh so  actually this one please let me know down below  

  • if you can buy these anywhere um because i've  checked cope negro dinner everywhere cannot find  

  • fresh corn on the cob sweet corn another item  that i'm not really sure why i cannot find it  

  • is grape jelly so there's all sorts of jams and  jellies of course in our local supermarket but for  

  • some reason i cannot find grape flavor you have  raspberry strawberry all sorts of other things  

  • but i can't seem to find grape and grape is my  favorite i love grape jelly with peanut butter  

  • on a sandwich so good so the next one's kind of  funny there are a lot of things you cannot buy  

  • in switzerland that internationally are labeled  as swiss so for foods that would be a swiss miss  

  • hot cocoa you cannot find that in switzerland  definitely not which is actually funny because  

  • i think it's made by nestle which is a swiss  brand but you will not find swiss miss in a  

  • swiss grocery store they have all sorts of hot  chocolate that is way better than swiss miss  

  • but you cannot find swiss miss or swiss cake  rolls another very popular food in the us you  

  • will not find swiss cake rolls in a swiss grocery  store i've also never seen graham crackers okay so  

  • graham crackers are important if you want to  make s'mores they are essential they are the  

  • the bread of the s'more sandwich and i cannot find  graham crackers here so i usually have to resort  

  • to some sort of uh other kind of cracker um that  will kind of work usually they're smaller you can  

  • make them work i can't remember the name of the  crackers that i use but i'll put them on screen  

  • there's two different kinds of crackers that i can  use to replace graham cracker but if you're trying  

  • to make s'mores or trying to make pie with the  graham cracker crust you're not gonna find graham  

  • crackers at least not easily i'm sure there's  online shops you can buy this kind of stuff  

  • but you're not gonna find it in a local grocery  store next food you might be surprised that you'll  

  • have a hard time finding is pepperoni okay so  americans obviously love pepperoni pizza it's  

  • probably the most popular flavor pizza in the  united states most people love pepperoni pizza  

  • and if you come to switzerland and you sit inrestaurant and you see pepperoni pizza on the menu  

  • you might think it's going to be a pizza that has  little round pieces of kind of spicy meat on it  

  • but pepperoni in switzerland means pepper they use  the word pepperoni in switzerland to talk about  

  • bell peppers in german it's paprika i think  but in switzerland they say pepperoni which  

  • is actually the italian word so if you go toswiss restaurant and you ask for a pepperoni pizza  

  • you will get pizza with bell peppers on top  this happened to me when i first moved here  

  • i didn't know i didn't i think i was even asking  oh they have pepperoni pizza and everyone's like  

  • yeah of course they have pepperoni pizza um but  i was thinking it's gonna be something completely  

  • different um so yeah you will probably not find  american style pepperonis in a restaurant or in a  

  • grocery store so if you're looking to make a spicy  meat greasy pizza what swiss people use is salami  

  • or chorizo so chorizo would be probably closer  to pepperoni because it is like a spicy processed  

  • meat so if you like pepperoni pizza you probably  want to get a chorizo pizza in switzerland so  

  • the next food category that you will not find in  switzerland and swiss people might be surprised  

  • to hear that this is even a thing but you will  not find imitation food so what that means is  

  • in the u.s there are you will it's very common  i would say in grocery stores that things are  

  • imitation so it's not maple syrup it's imitation  maple syrup so it's a sugar mix that is meant to  

  • taste like syrup but it's not syrup okay it sounds  reasonable but it gets weirder right especially in  

  • the u.s a lot of cheese products and some dairy  products they're imitation cheese and you might  

  • not know it if you're not looking closely so  sometimes it'll say like cheese flavored slice  

  • right if it says i think i don't know there's some  weird laws in the u.s where if you call something  

  • chicken flavored or cheese flavored or cheddar  flavored it doesn't actually have to contain what  

  • that said anyways it's a whole weird thing but  here in switzerland i've never seen anything like  

  • that i've never seen anything labeled as something  flavored or imitation whatever which is obviously  

  • probably a good thing okay moving on from food  the third thing you will not find in switzerland  

  • are red cups i did not know red plastic cups  were an american thing until i moved overseas  

  • but you will not find these famous red cups  in grocery stores over here in fact i know  

  • a lot of people they seek out these kind of  cups to throw american themed kind of parties  

  • or people will literally bring them from from  the u.s if they want to you know have like a  

  • cool college party or something it's kind of funny  um but here i guess if you go to somebody's house  

  • for a party instead of having like in the u.s you  might have like a stack of of course people do it  

  • very differently but you might find a stack of red  cups and a sharpie right people write their name  

  • on it and that's their cup i've seen that a whole  lot in the u.s but if you go to somebody's house  

  • here for a party probably more than likely they'll  have regular just glasses and that kind of stuff  

  • but if it's like with a lot of people and they  do have disposable like cups and plates and stuff  

  • they look very different it's usually like um  this plastic that looks a little bit closer to  

  • like glass and they're skinny and tall i'll put in  a picture but this is what i've seen like eighty  

  • percent of the time at swiss events when they do  use disposable stuff um but in general i would say  

  • the swiss use a lot less disposable things um than  the that americans do um it's pretty rare here to  

  • see people eating you know in their home off of  paper plates or using disposable anything whereas  

  • in the us there were i know quite a few families  that use like disposable plates at home and stuff  

  • just to save time it's very um cheap to buyhuge stack of paper plates at walmart or whatever  

  • and uh some people use them in their day-to-day  life again not everybody that's not super common  

  • but you might see that whereas here i have really  never heard of anything like that fourth thing is  

  • fancy garbage bags so i've talked a bit about this  before but in the u.s like garbage bags is a huge  

  • category it's a it's an industry there's all sorts  of different brands and marketing claims and that  

  • kind of stuff so if you're used to gettingspecific kind of garbage bag that's stretchy  

  • or scented or whatever they don't have that here  it really doesn't exist and the reason that market  

  • doesn't exist is because switzerland uses these uh  issued garbage bags that are taxed and basically  

  • everybody in the whole switzerland uses this  kind of garbage bag they'll be different colors  

  • depending on where they live in switzerland but  as far as i'm aware every corner of switzerland  

  • uses this system so you're not gonna find a market  for garbage bags because it doesn't exist these  

  • are the only garbage bags you can legally put in  most you know dumpster type of things fifth thing  

  • you cannot really buy in switzerland is crazy  stuff to spoil your pets and i know this might  

  • sound silly and ridiculous but americans love  to treat their pets like a child like a family  

  • member and you know i just got a dog when did we  get him about two years ago and i'm obsessed with  

  • spoiling him and buying him toys and stuff and  it's so much harder in switzerland to find cute  

  • little doggy things um that goes for like toys and  treats and all of that the variety here is just  

  • extremely small so whenever i go to the us i love  to go to petco and they just have massive aisles  

  • of every kind of dog everything imaginable  different toys different i mean really everything  

  • seasonal toys christmas comes around they'll  put out you know christmas tree tree-shaped  

  • ornaments and present-shaped dog toys and they'll  have you know christmas flavored dog treats and  

  • fall comes around they'll have pumpkin spice  dog treats and that kind of stuff i haven't seen  

  • any of that in switzerland it's pretty basic when  it comes to pets here there are of course people  

  • that spoil their dogs there's a lady by our house  that pushes them around in strollers i've seen  

  • that so there are those people but it's just  not so common to find these massive pet stores  

  • filled with you know all things that pets don't  need but owners like to give their pets you don't  

  • really find so much of that here okay last thing  you will not really easily buy in switzerland is  

  • over sized mega packs of anything this kind of  concept is not popular in switzerland at all and  

  • you will not commonly see massive packages of  anything so for example growing up it was very  

  • common to go to the grocery store and buy a gallon  drum of ice cream and keep it in the freezer that  

  • was pretty common people just think oh you havelot of kids and that's you know quite reasonable  

  • quite economical to buy the large size um but  the swiss don't really do that um i think in  

  • europe it's more the way things work people don't  do these massive hauls um of food at once with  

  • oversized you know stocking up kind of stockpiling  one because a lot of the times they don't have the  

  • space because houses are smaller here fridges and  freezers are smaller here cars are smaller here  

  • and all that kind of stuff and also i don't know  i just feel like it's it's it's just would never  

  • really go down here i've heard i think walmart  tried to sell in some countries in europe and  

  • it didn't work and i can imagine why becausefeel like in europe people tend to grow grocery  

  • shopping more often you know because often you're  walking you're carrying your things home so you  

  • don't really buy these oversized massive things  it just doesn't make sense but beyond ice cream  

  • this would also include alcohol you know in  the u.s if you go to walmart you'll see these  

  • massive things of rum and vodka where the bottle  has a handle on it and again maybe it's economical  

  • you might save per per ounce or whatever um which  i guess is good but you're just not gonna see see  

  • that here also have an example of this um as far  as getting things in large sizes medication i've  

  • talked about this this is a bottle of ibuprofen  i got at walmart and this has 250 tablets in it  

  • and i think i paid probably four dollars for  this i don't know not a lot and so this is how  

  • you would get ibuprofen in america and this is  not even close to the biggest size you can get  

  • i'm pretty sure you can get them with upwards  of a thousand capsules um in a bottle and uh in  

  • switzerland if you go and you try to get this in  a pharmacy they'll give you something that looks  

  • more like this and you have to ask to get it from  behind the counter um but yeah you're gonna get if  

  • you if you go to a pharmacy in switzerland and ask  for aspen or ibuprofen it's gonna look like this  

  • much smaller the swiss are just not about about  bulk size anything especially medication i've  

  • noticed the swiss are much more conservative with  medication which is definitely a good thing all  

  • right you guys that is it for my list six kind of  categories of things that you will probably have  

  • a hard time finding in switzerland again i'm not  saying these things don't exist or it's impossible  

  • to get them um but it's just a little bit not  so normal not so common not on every corner  

  • so i really hope you guys enjoyed this video if  you did leave it a thumbs up i appreciate your  

  • support so so much i really do it's incredible  how fast our channel is growing and i'm just  

  • happy that this kind of stuff interests so many  people so anyways talk to you guys soon bye

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