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and crunchy and anything else you can't eat wearing braces.

i'm getting mine off in mid-march, woohoo! so i need recommendations for:

- the best montreal-style bagel in toronto
- the best chocolate-covered pretzels
- the best caramel popcorn
- crustiest loaf of artisan bread
- the crunchiest apple (wrong time of year for this, sadly
- is there anywhere in the gta to get authentic maple taffy on snow?
- does anyone in toronto make kouign amman?

what other crunchy/hard/sticky things am i missing... i need to gain back the weight i lost when i got these things put on my teeth.

any suggestions appreciated!

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  1. You must be soooo excited to rejoin the world of chewing.
    Best Mtl-style bagel: Bagel House
    I can't say that this is the best in Toronto, not having tried them all, but the Rustic Baguette at Epi Bread is fantastic. It's a slightly flat, long loaf with an exceptionally crusty/chewy crust, and an interior with some resistance too. I think it's 30% sourdough.
    Some of the Conservation Authority Parks offer 'sugaring-off- activities, possibly including snow-chilled taffy. Check their websites for scheduling.
    I think you ought to try a Bagel World twister for chew--I once broke a tooth on a twister.

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    1. re: Yongeman

      ok 6 weeks late, but they're off! i am eating a bag of smartfood right now. thinking i should do a tour of toronto's bagel places, bagel house, bagel world, st urbain...

    2. Indiana Popcorn makes an amazing caramel popcorn, also one drizzled with dark & white chocolate and one with dark chocolate chips - try all three and see which one you like most! I've seen them at Metro stores and my local health food store in Hamilton - I imagine they're widely available in Toronto as well.
      English wine gums from the bulk barn or the superstore might fill your need for sticky/chewy....
      Have fun re-discovering your favourites!!!

      1. Ribs from the Steak Pit.

        1. Bagels: St. Urbain
          Popcorn: I still love Kernels for caramel popcorn.
          Artisan Bread: Epi Breads Cheese Boule might not be super crusty, but it has a great chew and flavour!
          Peanut Brittle: The stuff Bulk Barn sells is pretty good!
          Apple: Try to find a Crispin or Matsu apple for crunchiness, failing that Granny Smith are always crispy, just not local right now.

          Enjoy!

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          Epi Breads
          1526 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

          1. thanks for all the suggestions!

            has anyone actually had taffy-on-snow in the gta? a friend went to bronte creek last year, and they didn't have it, because they weren't allowed to use real snow because of health concerns, and "couldn't find a supplier" of fake snow...

            is there any place in toronto that roasts nuts? there's a crunch i miss!