Uniquely Canadian snacks
I am travelling to the UK in the summer and am going to visit some Canadian ex-pats. I would love to surprise them with some goodies that are not available to them over in the UK. Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
My mother-in-law swears by Tim Horton coffee.
How about cured/smoked salmon.
Maple products (syrup/candy/etc).
Niagara ice wine.
Red rose tea (available only in Canada? Pity...).
Poutine kit (curd cheese/ St. Hubert poutine gravy mix...I know purists are already rolling their eyes).
Laura Secord chocolates.
Humpty Dumpty bacon and Hickory chips (now called Old Dutch...).
Clamato juice to fire up some caesars.
May West and a can of pepsi (ok they probably already have the pepsi).
Hostess hickory sticks.
Habitant pea soup (the large tin).
Salt Cod (I'm gussing they have this as well...).
Smoked Meat in cryovac, boil and serve.
Canadian Bacon (whatever that is...).
Fudgie-Os (from the maker of Oreo). Not available out side of Canada. Also, Ketchup chips, Dill Pickle chips, and pretty much and Old Dutch or Dutch Crunch potato chips. In terms of baked goods: butter tarts and Montreal-style bagels. Oh! and President's Choice Decadent Chocolate Chip cookies.
My British friends were impressed when I brought over Cheez Whiz. Well, more in a 'that's so bizarre' kind of way.
when my british cousins came to toronto for a visit, they stocked up on oreos. they get them in london but they're quite expensive and they don't get all the different varieties.
they also stocked up on goldfish crackers (apparently a hit with little kids) and big red gum.
I don't know about across the pond but, and since it's the season for it, you can't get Canadian style (Half box chocolate, half box vanilla) Girl Guide cookies in the US. They have different (inferior IMHO) ones.
Most of the things mentioned above which are uniquely Canadian have their equivalents in the UK. Maybe not precisely the same, but similar. The candy, chip (crisps) and biscuit selection there is larger. However they do not do as good a job with things like chocolate chip cookies.
In reply to some suggestions...Scottish smoked salmon is famous world over. There are more varieties of Pekoe tea there than here. Laura Secord chocs are laura Seconds. UK has more varieties and types of tinned soups, bacon, whelky things, smoked meats, wines, spirits, jams and so on. They may not be available in all supermarkets and all areas. (cf. Yellowknife).
Where you do have the edge is in ethnic or immigrant food. So if you take things which are Korean, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, South American, even Chinese, then there is a greater chance that you will surprise your friends with something. It depends if you consider these things to be uniquely Canadian. But as a British ex-pat I know the things I miss.
My suggestion is to remove the word surprise for at least one of them.
Ask him-her what they miss. As sure as Cadbury`s eggs is eggs they will be missing something you haven`t thought of.
How about things like pickled fiddleheads, ox-eye daisy capers, and the like from Forbes Wild Foods. They have stands at both Dufferin Grove and the Green Barn farmers' markets (both open year-round).
These aren't exactly snack foods, mind you, and must be wrapped well and packed in your checked luggage.