6 Tasty Snack Foods That Are Uniquely Canadian
Sure America may be considered the snack-capital of the world; just browse the aisles of Target or Trader Joe’s on your next cross-border visit and you’ll see what we mean. However, as it turns out, there are a lot of tasty treats available in Canada that Americans don’t have the same access to. In honour of our Canadian roots (and to make our U.S. neighbours jealous), we’ve put together a list of 6 snack foods that are uniquely Canadian.
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Believe it or not, the colourful candy-coated chocolates we buy in bulk (and devour right away) each Halloween are not available in the States. Not only that, but Americans have anointed the name “Smarties” to those little tablet-shaped candies we know here as “Rockets.” Weird!
2. COFFEE CRISP
With its chocolaty taste, crispy wafer, and rich coffee flavour, a good Coffee Crisp always hits the spot. Although some Canadian expats started an online petition years ago asking Nestlé to bring the chocolate bar to the U.S., it’s still only available in Canada.
3. Lay’s Ketchup Chips
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While U.S. supermarket shelves are stocked with endless amounts of wacky chip flavours (like Lay’s Southern Biscuits and Gravy), Ketchup Chips remain a Canadian commodity and Americans always tend to grab a few bags while they’re here. They may stain your fingers red, but it’s worth it for that sweet-ketchupy taste that no other chip can compare to.
4. Ruffles All Dressed Chips
Although All Dressed Chips have recently made their way into the U.S. market, we can take pride in knowing that it was us who started it. According to Jeff Klein, Vice President of Marketing for Frito-Lay, “Most Americans didn’t quite know what to expect from the salty, sweet and savory chip sensation from the North, but once they got a taste of Ruffles All Dressed, they couldn’t get enough.” Obvi!
5. Tim Hortons Timbits
Exclusive to Tim Hortons (a company that is part of our national identity), there’s nothing more Canadian than a good box of Timbits. Available in tons of flavours (like apple fritter, honey dip and old-fashion-glazed to name a few), these little doughnut bites are the bomb.
Poutine: a Canadian delicacy or the ultimate post-bar food? Both! Consisting of french fries covered in hot, thick gravy and melted cheese curds, this high-calorie dish originated in Québec in the 1950s. Since then it has become beloved across the country and is an iconic part of Canadian culture.
Which authentic Canadian snack foods are your favourite? Let us know in the comments!
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Faryn is a Toronto-based writer and lover of all things fashion, beauty and pop culture. When she’s not typing away, you can find her checking places off her restaurant bucket list, planning an upcoming vacay or curled up with a good reality TV binge.