Ahh, the Great White North. Most people think of curling, poutine and sub-zero temperatures when you mention Canada. Not only that, it’s the safest country in the world and boasts awesome celebs, including Celine Dion, Brian Adams, K.D. Lang, Neil Young, Dan Akroyd, and Michael J. Fox. But here’s what you’re about to find out: If you’re a food-lover, Canada is the place for you.
This is Canada’s take on pastrami. It’s not just peppery like the pastrami you’ll find at a deli in New York City, it’s flavored with warm spices that’ll have you noshing on it like leftover Turkey at Thanksgiving, eh.
Again, not like your typical American bagel. These beauties are topped with poppy seeds or sesame seeds and are sweeter than the ones you find south of the (Canadian) border. They’re denser too, so the chew factor is cranked up.
These simple dessert bars are notoriously crave-worthy. They’re traditionally made with a crushed cookie base that’s topped with custard (usually vanilla) and finished with a rich chocolate ganache.
These are thin potato chips that truly taste like ketchup. They sound disgusting, sure, but you’ll find that, as with that well-known American brand, you can’t eat just one.
Maple candy-coated bacon
When Canada-Quebec province, to be exact, is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world, how could you not expect a slew of maple taste treats? Here’s the perfect snack for those who crave the bizarre, yet “somehow it works” sweet+salty flavor burst. Thick-cut bacon covered with maple syrup and baked until the syrup is nearly evaporated, leaving you with intense maple goodness.
All you need for this sweet concoction is a pot of boiling maple syrup and snow. Pour the syrup onto fresh, clean snow, wait until it cools, then gather it all up with a popsicle stick or tongue depressor and run to a quiet corner to enjoy it and dream of your youth.
If your stomach is growling for a true meal after snacking on all those ketchup chips and taffy, head to the French Canadian creation, tourtière, It’s made traditionally with venison, veal, beef or pork and is encased in a double crust.