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It’s as Canadian as a Double-Double

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You’ve heard the saying, “it’s as American as apple pie”.  But what about Canada?  What would we Canadians use in place of apple pie?  It’s as Canadian as…poutine?  As a double-double?

I over-heard someone on tv the other day referring to the iconic American apple pie, and it made me think.  As Canadians, we aren’t famous for our apple pie, but we sure are famous for many other culinary delights.

So, in honour of Canada Day 2013, and to celebrate all things Canadian, I’ve come up with a list of classic Canadian foods made famous right here in Canada.  See if you can recognize all of these yummy Canadian food products:

  • TIM HORTON’S DOUBLE-DOUBLE COFFEE
  • POUTINE
  • BACK BACON
  • NANAIMO BARS
  • KETCHUP CHIPS
  • MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT
  • SCREECH
  • RED RIVER HOT CEREAL
  • MAPLE SYRUP
  • BEAVER TAILS
  • CHEESE CURDS
  • JOE LOUIS CAKES
  • THRILLS GUM
  • KRAFT DINNER
  • SUGAR PIE
  • ALBERTA BEEF
  • SMARTIES/MR BIG/AERO/COFFEE CRISP/CRUNCHIE CHOCOLATE BARS
  • BLOODY CAESAR 
  • BUTTER TARTS
  • OKA CHEESE
  • RED ROSE TEA
  • PEI POTATOES
  • BRETON CRACKERS
  • CANADA DRY GINGERALE
  • FRENCH CANADIAN PEA SOUP
  • ONTARIO/BC WINES

I can’t talk about Canadian foods without mentioning my niece and nephews who all live in the United States.  Whenever they come to visit in Canada, a visit isn’t complete without a meal or two at Harvey’s, and doughnuts from Tim Horton’s.  What’s stuffed in their suitcases on the way home?  Ketchup chips, Aero Bars & Smarties  Shhhhh….don’t tell Canada Customs!! LOL

What all-Canadian foods do you love?  Are there any you would add to my list?

 

  1. July 1, 2014

    journeysofthezoo

    Thrills Gum. Now, there’s a blast from the past. People used to say that it tastes like soap. I guess I like the taste of soap…

    Harvey’s, It’s a beautiful thing.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

    • July 2, 2014

      Sandy

      LOL! I guess you do, Sarah!! I will eat most things, but I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of Thrills. I do find they taste like soap 🙂 Now, as for Harvey’s…that really is a beautiful thing! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment, Sarah!!

    • July 1, 2016

      Sandy

      I love ketchup but I’m not a huge fan of the chips. Many in my family are though 🙂

    • July 1, 2016

      Sandy

      Thanks for stopping by, Christina! I agree – poutine, YUM!

  2. July 9, 2013

    Yashy Murphy

    I need to get my hands on Joe Louis Cakes.. haven’t had them yet!

    • July 1, 2016

      Sandy

      Have you had a chance to try them yet, Yashy? 😉

  3. July 9, 2013

    Nancy @ Whispered Inspirations

    Mmmm for poutines and beaver tails! Wow, we Canadians do have a lot of amazing and YUMMY things we are known for! Thanks for participating in The Great Canadian Blog Bash and we are very happy to have you!

    Nancy

  4. July 4, 2013

    Lyne Proulx

    Love poutine, curds and beaver tails! So proud to be Canadian!

    • July 6, 2013

      Sandy

      Me too 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting Lyne!

  5. July 3, 2013

    Olivia

    I found out the hard way that ketchup chips are a Canadian thing. 7-11 guy down south thought I was making it up!

    • July 6, 2013

      Sandy

      LOL!! It may not have been funny at the time, Olivia, but it sure is funny now 😀 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. July 1, 2013

    steve

    Its so very painful reading this list. Been living in Australia since ’82. Favourite foods from home are always missed. Pathetic really but its the little things. Fantastic ocean beaches – but NO Shreddies!!! Don’t get me started on maple syrup! Happy Canada Day up there!

    • July 1, 2013

      Sandy

      Awww Steve. Yes, it’s usually the little things we miss, eh? Shreddies!!! Wow…who knew? Not me! Cool…another one for the list 🙂 I’m happy I’m living in Canada…but I must admit…I’m a wee bit jealous. I’d love to visit Australia. It’s on my bucket list. Happy Canada Day to you down under!! Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. June 29, 2013

    Jennifer

    so cute! great post, there were a lot of my own favourites on that list! Thanks for taking part in TGCBB!

    • June 29, 2013

      Sandy

      Thanks so much, Jennifer!! I appreciate you stopping by. Thank YOU for setting The Great Canadian Blog Bash up! So much fun 🙂

    • June 28, 2013

      Sandy

      Noooooooooo! Seriously, Heather? Those are one of my favourite “foods” Wowee! I love that they are Canadian! Had no idea. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. June 28, 2013

    Leila

    Thanks for that list! There are quite a few items that I had no idea were Canadian. My all time fav are Beaver tails though. Nom Nom! I’m participating in #TGCBB too.

    • June 28, 2013

      Sandy

      Hehehe….those Beaver Tails are popular! Thanks for reading and commenting, Leila!

  9. June 27, 2013

    Lisa Marie

    Seriously – Smarties are Canadian? I had no idea…. That and the chip flavours. Neat!

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      Pretty cool, eh Lisa Marie? I only learned about them a few years ago 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      Another one I had no idea about! You are full of good info, Marion 🙂 Thanks again for sharing!

  10. June 27, 2013

    Marion Scharf

    I heard that Mackintosh’s Toffee is only in Canada and you can’t forget the beer, especially Alexander Keith’s!

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      Ooooh the beer! Of course! There are so many to list…we’ve got awesome beer here in Canada. Macintosh toffee? Really? Wowee! I had no idea! Thanks for sharing that, Marion 🙂

  11. June 27, 2013

    Shari G

    Um I will not choose, and you can’t make me!! I love all of those things…oh cheese curds, and poutine, and Canadian bacon…and so many things nummy!

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      LOL Shari! You crack me up! I’m with ya…I cannot choose. I love them all. Well except maybe Thrills gum 😉 Thanks for reading and commenting!

  12. June 27, 2013

    Amy Heffernan

    That is so neat. Never knew Ketchup chips were…lol

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      Yes, pretty neat, eh Amy? And as Cruiser pointed out in her comment…so are All Dressed chips! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  13. June 27, 2013

    dorcontest

    I just had surgery and am on a liquid diet of broth and water… so everyone have something yummy for me…… please 🙂

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      Awww geez, dorcontest! Sorry to hear that! Hope you are well on the mend and can get back to eating real food soon 🙂 Lol..this is NOT the type of post you want to read when on a liquid diet. Thanks for reading and commenting!

      • June 27, 2013

        dorcontest

        Your are welcome. 🙂

  14. June 27, 2013

    cruiser

    All dressed chips are what I load up on when I drive down to the USA to visit the kids. They ask for them first thing!! 🙂

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      Oh right! I forgot about the All Dressed chips! Only in Canada 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting, Cruiser!

  15. June 27, 2013

    cjm

    Thrills gum – good one Sandy! Although I don’t know why it was so popular because it tasted like soap.
    What is Screech?

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      LOL..I know, cjm…I never liked Thrills. Yeeeuck! Screech? It’s a very well-known and popular Newfoundland “beverage” See here: http://www.screechrum.com/story Thanks for reading and commenting, cjm!

  16. June 27, 2013

    ashley

    smarties and beavertails are at the top of my list!

    • June 27, 2013

      Sandy

      Beavertails are definitely tops on my list, Ashley! LOVE the Maple Butter ones….mmmmmm! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

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