12 Things Canada Has That The US Should
1. All Dressed Chips© Photo courtesy of photobucket.com Canada all-dressed chips
This heavenly variety was briefly available in the US on limited release. A complex mix of tomato, salt, vinegar, onion, sour cream, barbecue, and more make this sweet-savory flavor into what can only be described as the everything bagel of Canada. When you’re out shopping, look for Compliments Extra Flavour, President’s Choice Loads of Flavour, or Western Family as these all seem to be Canadian favorites.
2. BeaverTails© Photo by Katrina Cuthbertson Canada beaver tails
BeaverTails (or Queues de Castor in French because Canada) are delicious fried dough pastries hand-stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail that are often topped with cinnamon and sugar, Nutella and banana slices, maple butter, whipped cream, or just about any other kind of sweet toppings you can think of. The Ottawa-based chain even made an ObamaTail in honor of President Obama’s visit to Ottawa in 2009.
3. Butter Tarts© Photo courtesy of betterfoodforall.sobeys.com Canada beavertails
A Canadian tradition and mouthwatering delight, these small pastries are often filled with butter, sugar, cream, raisins, and walnuts. You can easily make your own using this recipe.
4. Coffee Crisp© Photo courtesy of Flickr.com Photo courtesy of Flickr.com
Coffee Crisp is a popular chocolate bar consisting of alternating layers of vanilla wafer and coffee-flavored soft candy, covered with a milk chocolate shell. It’s the coffee love-child of a Kit-Kat and a Butterfinger – the three essentials.
5. Hickory Sticks© Photo courtesy of brandeating.com Photo courtesy of brandeating.com
Packed with smoky, hickory barbecue flavor, Hickory Sticks are fried potato sticks that’ll make you feel like you’re eating thin, mini French fries. As if we needed more reasons to love potatoes…and Canada.
6. Ketchup Chips© Photo courtesy of amazon.com Photo courtesy of amazon.com
Every time I go to Canada, I need to stock up on these and whenever my Canadian friends come down to the States, we make a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos-Ketchup Chips trade. They’re a bit of a hit or miss for a lot of people, but they’re definitely my favorite flavor of potato chips.
7. Kinder Eggs© Photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.ca Photo courtesy of huffingtonpost.ca
Unfortunately, these are still illegal in the US because the FDA has had a ban on candy with embedded toys since 1938, and so those smuggling these bad boys across the border can actually be fined up to $1,200 per egg. Yikes. If you’re ever in Canada though, or in Europe, give these a creamy treats a try, and the fun toy is a plus too.
8. Montreal-Style Bagels© Photo by Nikhil Tangirala Photo by Nikhil Tangirala
Unlike New York bagels, bagels in Montreal are smaller, thinner, sweeter, and denser, with a larger hole. They’re boiled in honey-sweetened water and then baked in a wood-fired oven. Also, Montreal bagels have been to space, so take that New York.
9. Montreal-Style Smoked Meat© Photo by Alex Vu Photo by Alex Vu
It’s pretty similar to pastrami, except it is cured in seasoning with more cracked peppercorns and more savory spices like coriander, garlic, and mustard seeds. It also contains significantly less sugar. Just take a look at that kosher meaty perfection.
10. Nanaimo Bars© Photo courtesy of iadorefood.com Photo courtesy of iadorefood.com
Originating from Nanaimo, British Columbia, these delectable bars consists of layers of a graham cracker crust, custard-flavored butter icing, and chocolate. Nanaimo Bars are really important to Canadians. You can even get an original recipe from the city of Nanaimo itself on their official website.
11. Poutine© Photo courtesy of @lapoutineweek on Instagram Photo courtesy of @lapoutineweek on Instagram
French fries are great and all, but wouldn’t they be so much better if they were topped with cheese curds and gravy? Canada thinks so, and so should you. Originating in Quebec, poutine is everywhere in Canada. Poutine is so popular that there are even international poutine competitions with endless variations on this classic fave.
12. Smarties© Photo courtesy of achievementhunter.com Photo courtesy of achievementhunter.com
Unlike the fruit-flavored chalky candies in the US, Canadian Smarties are more like M&Ms, but better. The chocolate is much creamier and the shell is thicker giving these sweet treats a more pronounced crunch.
However, if you are still planning on staying in the Great States, and you are just looking to move around the corner or across the state, start your search here!