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Uniquely Canadian snacks

rsk Mar 21, 2009 10:26 AM

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!

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    Tatai Mar 23, 2009 08:34 PM

    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.

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      thebutcher Mar 23, 2009 07:50 PM

      Maple flavoured cookies by Dare (I think they are called Maples)....my pals in NYC also take home Crispy Crunch's with their Coffee Crisps - but I believe you can get them in UK.

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        middydd Mar 23, 2009 08:08 PM

        Leclerc Maple Leaf cookies are really good.


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          Tatai Mar 23, 2009 08:18 PM

          So are Nativa (Shoppers Drug Mart's organic house brand) maple cookies. Actually, all of the Nativa products I've tried are excellent.


      2. Paulustrious Mar 23, 2009 06:08 AM

        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.

        1. Davwud Mar 23, 2009 05:30 AM

          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.


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            salsailsa Mar 22, 2009 05:26 PM

            My Uncle just returned to France with copious bags of Hawkins Cheesies.

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              middydd Mar 22, 2009 03:39 PM

              Vachon "Limited Edition" Maple Ah!! Caramels.

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                lilaki Mar 22, 2009 03:36 PM

                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.

                1. sgogo Mar 22, 2009 01:27 PM

                  My British friends were impressed when I brought over Cheez Whiz. Well, more in a 'that's so bizarre' kind of way.

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                    KevinB Mar 21, 2009 02:49 PM

                    While you can get a version of the original Caramilk in the UK, I don't know if some of the new variants (thick, cappucino, dark, etc.) are available.

                    Definitely second the ice-wine recommendation. If you want to save a few dollars, visit the Magnotta outlets.

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                      chrisfernando100 Mar 21, 2009 03:59 PM

                      maple butter (and other maple products)
                      moose droppings
                      candied smoked salmon

                      not sure if these are 100% canadian but i travel to the states (vermont as well) a lot and haven't seen them...

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                        sugarcube Mar 22, 2009 09:05 PM

                        Candied smoked salmon? delish! where would I find this product?

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                          Cat123 Mar 23, 2009 06:00 AM

                          It's often called Indian Candy - you can probably find it at St. Lawrence market, either upstairs at one of the fish sections or downstairs at the stand that sells caviar. You could also look for Salmon Jerky but I don't often seen that except on the West coast.

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                            Pizza Lover Mar 23, 2009 12:25 PM

                            I've seen them at Whole Foods and Highland Farms - not cheap though at either location.

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                              sugarcube Mar 23, 2009 04:39 PM

                              Thanks for the info Cat123 and Pizza Lover. I'll be sure to stop by SLM and Whole Foods next time I'm in the area.

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                          middydd Mar 22, 2009 03:40 PM

                          I haven't seen the Caramilk maple variation for at least a year, wonder if it's still available.

                        3. JamieK Mar 21, 2009 12:49 PM

                          blueberry jam

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                            Toronto Fastfoodie Mar 21, 2009 11:28 AM

                            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.

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                              Negaduck Mar 21, 2009 01:53 PM

                              Walkers makes ketchup chips (crisps).

                            2. ParsleySage Mar 21, 2009 11:26 AM

                              Hostess Hickory Sticks

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                                TexSquared Mar 21, 2009 11:03 AM

                                Nanaimo Bars and Coffee Crisp are two things that are usually listed right away.

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                                  pearlD Mar 21, 2009 11:26 AM

                                  Canadian Maple Syrup /Maple Syrup Candies (the ones in the shape of a Maple Leaf) . Do yourself a favour while visiting them..buy yourself some of the 'British' Cadbury Chocolate Bars to bring home!

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                                    porker Mar 21, 2009 11:44 AM

                                    My mother-in-law swears by Tim Horton coffee.
                                    How about cured/smoked salmon.
                                    Maple products (syrup/candy/etc).
                                    Molson Ex.
                                    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.
                                    Pickled whelks.
                                    Canadian Bacon (whatever that is...).

                                    1. re: TexSquared
                                      Davwud Mar 23, 2009 05:28 AM

                                      Also, Mr. Big bars.


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