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Depending on your tastes and your vices, take home one of the following five c’s: cachaça (a rum-like liquor extracted from sugarcane), chocolate, coffee, cosmetics and camisas (t-shirts) with the Brazilian national soccer team logo. If you opt for the liquor, Velho Barreiro, Beija Flor and Espirito de Minas are solid labels. Make sure you also pick up a keepsake pestle for mashing up caipirinha ingredients. Chocoholics should look for the gourmet Kopenhagen and Cacau Show stores. Garoto-brand bonbons, meanwhile, can be found almost anywhere candy is sold. Coffee addicts can find roasts for the road at many of the upper-end supermarkets, shopping malls and cafés, like Octavio Café on Faria Lima. Baggio, one of the better brands, spans various aromas and can be encountered at emporiums across the city. Speaking of scents, Brazil produces a score of soaps, sprays and lotions to promote healthier and more fragrant skin. Leading cosmetic brands include Natura and Granado. And if you’re looking to buy one of the famed green-and-gold jerseys of the Brazilian seleção, you won’t have to look very hard — Brazilians are proud of, albeit sometimes frustrated by, the team that has won more World Cups than any other country.