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18 Smells That Transport You Back To Your Cuban Childhood

Ahhhsere! The smells of childhood.

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1. Agua de Violetas

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Cuban children smell like violets. Full stop.

2. Fabuloso

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It smells good enough to drink! (But, really, don't!)

4. Ironbeer

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It smells almost like... medicine? But medicine that you want to drink with a frita. (Note to any gringos reading this: No, it's not actual beer.)

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5. Talco

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It's a wonder Cuban babies don't all look like little powdered donuts. At least it smells sweet and clean!

6. Mermelada De Guayaba

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Whether with queso crema, manchego or tetilla (if you wanted to get all Spanish with it), or a Maria cookie, this vaguely strawberry-scented concoction was your quintessential after-school treat.

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8. Wooden Fan

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The sweet, sweet scent of sandalwood made warm days so much more pleasant.

9. Leche Condensada

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How else are parents going to get their babies pleasantly plump without this sweet, rich treat? It smelled faintly of caramel. And love.

10. Cuban Birthday Cake

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Because why have a birthday cake that's not PRIMARILY butter, sugar, and RUM? (Real talk, this is the most beautiful cake I've ever seen in my life.)

11. VapoRub

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The scent of menthol follows you to this day.

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12. Sofrito

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The smell of garlic, onions, green peppers, spices, and all sorts of good things making you ready for dinner.

13. Cuban Coffee

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This smell permeated your entire childhood. Your first taste was probably in the form of café con leche made up of 98.5% milk, but it still made you feel so adult.

15. Freshly-Fried Croquetas

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If your family made homemade croquetas, then you know it results in your house smelling like frying oil for, oh, seven years.

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16. Frijoles Negros

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The savory scent of black beans, garlic, bay leaf, sofrito and maybe a lil' something from the Goya packet... smells like home.