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Popular Products You Can’t Find Outside of America

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16. Root beer

Root beer is another one of those flavor profiles only Americans seem to like — just like PB&J, Easy Cheese, and others. Here, though, there might be another reason.

This sweet, non-alcoholic North American soda beverage was traditionally made using the root bark of the sassafras tree as the primary flavor. And that tree used to grow only in North America. Though today this flavor ingredient is no longer used and other ingredients are used to mimic the flavor, root beer has mostly failed to find fans outside the U.S.

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17. Wilson footballs

Football is an American sport. While baseball has its fans outside the U.S., and certainly basketball and hockey do, too, football has failed to catch on internationally. And if no one’s playing football elsewhere, why should they buy footballs, particularly the handmade Wilson footballs?

While rugby balls are quite similar in size and weight to footballs, they are not the same. Mainly, the ends differ — rugby balls have flatter ends, while footballs end in points.

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