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 Post subject: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 3:49 am 
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I'm a Sen Sen addict. Been one since I was a kid. A great little product IMHO.
In 2013 they stopped making it but fortunately I bought out the local gas station's
packets, froze them and been using them. But I've only got two packets left. Are
there any other Sen Sen fans here on ARF and, if so, have you found anything as good?
Vigroids and Nigroids are gone now too I understand.
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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 4:16 am 
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Ah, a great memory of my grandma.
The smell of Sen-Sen and all her money smelled like perfume.
Haven't seen Sen-Sen lately.

Park Davis throat discs, Cheracol, Pertussin (rootbeer) Reeds Butterscotch and cinnamon awaken my smell/taste memory.

(Love the smell of Lionel smoke)


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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From "Ya Got Trouble" in "The Music Man" by Meredith Willson:
"...and braggin' all about how they're gonna cover up their tell-tale breath with Sen-Sen..."
I knew this bit of lyric for decades before I understood the reference.

(The same is true of quite a few lyrics in "The Music Man", for example:
"...I hope, and I pray, for [a] Hester to win just one more 'A'...")

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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Well, I just learned about something new today.

Sen Sen...

Who knew?

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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SteiniteFan wrote:
From "Ya Got Trouble" in "The Music Man" by Meredith Willson:
"...and braggin' all about how they're gonna cover up their tell-tale breath with Sen-Sen..."
I knew this bit of lyric for decades before I understood the reference.

(The same is true of quite a few lyrics in "The Music Man", for example:
"...I hope, and I pray, for [a] Hester to win just one more 'A'...")


And from Billy Joel's "Keeping the Faith" (1983)

I took a fresh pack of Luckies
And a mint called Sen-Sen
My old man's Trojans
And his Old Spice after shave
Oh...

And I am sure it showed up in more songs over the years.

I never tried the mints but it has a vaguely Chinese sound. Post enough looking for it and you are likely to start getting emails from a Chinese company selling you Sen Sen but God only knows what the packet would actually contain :)

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 3:26 pm 
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Someone has these for sale on eBay.com
His/ her price is ONLY $64.99 per pack and 0NLY $10.00 shipping !!!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:
Better buy them quickly.
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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 9:59 pm 
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There are candy companies on the web that sell vintage candies, even sen sen! But they to are getting rare. I did a little more research because I enjoy sen-sen. I did run across these mints that I went ahead and ordered.
MELTZER'S PUREMINTS

https://www.swansonvitamins.com/meltzers-puremints-dgl-licorice-1-76-oz-pkg?oDFA=1&UTM_Medium=Shopping&UTM_Source=GOOGLE&UTM_Campaign=SWAN_National_Gen_Shopping_Null_Null_All+Products+4055-01+Dental+and+Oral+Health&UTM_Content=PRODUCT+GROUP&SourceCode=INTL4055&gclid=CjwKCAiA7ovTBRAQEiwAo8dPccDuD2sKxd41SLPZKPpbpTERPVSnPlV05xiPSo72R5-5Lp-tpa7n7hoCi3wQAvD_BwE

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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Say, Radiosmoker thanks for your jumping in here. The key to Sen Sen is/was its licorice and
anise and I see that is what Meltzers is based around. There are a whole bunch of other things that I like such as their purity and absense of animal byproducts. Anyway, have you received them yet and if so, what do you think of them?


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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No! I just ordered 4, so will wait to see myself. First time purchasing.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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I wonder if Sen Sen was popular with the prisoners in Sing Sing?


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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The little candied fennel seeds that Indian restaurants give as an after meal breath freshener are actually kind of similar. I'm a licorice fiend and have always liked them, even though they aren't black. My dog used to devour them for some reason. $6 for a pound of them. https://nuts.com/snacks/indian/fennel-candy.html

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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Say, thanks David! I am going to look into those. That even seems to be a healthier alternative
than straight candies. And I love fennel. Pizza places used to use a lot of it but now they don't so
my wife's pizzas get a double dose.
I'm ordering some today.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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Some years ago I lived in the UK for a bit. Pubs would have a dish of caraway seeds on the counter for patrons to chew on as they left in order to mask the smell of alcohol on their breath.

I don't know if they still do.

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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I used to get Sen Sen from my grandmother too. I was unaware they stopped making it. Until recently I used to buy it at my local record store. Yes, they actually sold records too! Don't know if they still sell it, as I moved last year - but I looked and it was on their web site. :(

http://www.dimple.com/p/1914860/candy-sen-sen


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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Talking about licorice candy, does anyone remember licorice plugs? They were about 1 1/2" wide, 5" long and about 3/16" thick.. Usually as soft as licorice twizzlers. I remember them during the 50's and paying 5 cents a plug. Haven't seen them for years.
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Here's you some vicious vittles along that line.

https://www.amazon.com/Venco-Double-Sal ... t+licorice

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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
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Sparksalot wrote:
Say, Radiosmoker thanks for your jumping in here. The key to Sen Sen is/was its licorice and
anise and I see that is what Meltzers is based around. There are a whole bunch of other things that I like such as their purity and absense of animal byproducts. Anyway, have you received them yet and if so, what do you think of them?


Yes received today! They are not a disappointment. Id say a hint of peppermint, but very mild. I think it's an acceptable replacement.

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Haven’t seen these in a long time, but still available online.


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 Post subject: Re: Anybody have a good substitute for Sen Sen?
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 3:08 pm 
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Thanks Radiosmoker for following up with that report. I have been kind of waiting and hoping you
would. I think I will try Meltzers first. The other choices are pretty caloric and I can see myself popping
a couple hundred calories of the others while I am stuck in traffic. Meltzers are only 5 cal apiece. I'll post what my review is after they arrive.


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