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lukfam Jan 16, 2013 01:38 PM

I am starting to plan my Purim baskets and I always like to do something different/interesting. For the baskets I am sending to the US I would like to know if there are any Canadian food items you like to purchase when you visit? Cookies, candies, canned items - any suggestions?

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    emu48 Aug 5, 2013 01:04 PM

    Cuban cigars, of course.

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      rikk Feb 22, 2013 06:00 PM

      even something like Aero, Smarties, Coffee Crisp. People down in the States don't know these, but when they try them... their eyes open wide.

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        queenscook Aug 5, 2013 12:56 PM

        I am in Montreal presently, and saw Coffee Crisp in a supermarket, but did not see a hechsher on it. Are they all kosher? Who gives the hechsher? Do they have a printed hechsher? If anyone has an info on this, I'd appreciate knowing before I leave the country in a few days. Thanks.

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          jpr54_1 Aug 5, 2013 01:24 PM

          you may want to post this on kosher board

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            queenscook Aug 5, 2013 02:09 PM

            This is the kosher board.

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              jpr54_1 Aug 5, 2013 03:57 PM

              i thought i was on different board-sorry

              not paying attention

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            almond tree Aug 5, 2013 02:59 PM

            You can try calling the Jewish Community Council toll free at 1.866.739.6363.

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          ola Feb 4, 2013 05:53 PM

          When I lived in BC, I loved the Matrimony Bars available at most bakeries. Making my mouth water just thinking of them.

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            almond tree Feb 7, 2013 03:08 AM

            You mean the ones with a cookie-like crust, gooey nut layer and citrus frosting? I loved those getting those from the bakery when I lived in Vancouver. I found a recipe, so I still make them occasionally now that I live in Israel. In fact you've inspired me to bake some for this Shabbat.

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              hbg1 Feb 7, 2013 09:17 AM

              Those sound great. Would you mind sharing the recipe?


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                almond tree Feb 7, 2013 10:09 AM

                Happy to.

                MATRIMONIAL BARS

                1/2 c butter or margarine
                1 c flour
                2 T sugar, preferably powdered
                1/2 tsp vanilla or lemon juice
                Pat mixture into a cake pan about 8" square, building up a slight rim on the sides. Bake at 350 F for 15-20 min until very lightly browned.

                Mix well:
                2 eggs
                1 1/4 c brown sugar
                1 tsp vanilla
                2 TBSP flour
                1 1/2 tsp baking powder
                1/4 tsp salt
                1 c chopped walnuts, pecans &/or almonds
                1 c shredded coconut
                Spread on the hot crust & bake for an additional 30 min. Should be set but still slightly gooey in the middle.

                When cool, frost with a mixture of:
                2 TBSP melted butter or margarine, cooled slightly
                1 1/2 c powdered sugar
                2 TBSP orange juice
                1 TBSP lemon juice
                about 1/4 tsp grated orange zest

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                  hbg1 Feb 7, 2013 10:42 AM

                  Well, now I know one thing that I'll be making for Purim! Thanks!

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            JRKyummy Feb 4, 2013 05:13 PM

            President's Choice Chocolate Chunk cookies, or just their chocolate chunks. The chocolate chunks are pareve, so we use them for Shabbat baking.

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              sig Feb 4, 2013 05:35 PM

              Sorry to disappoint everyone but presidents choice chocolate chips are no longer parve and now have a dairy designation. Everyone in the kosher community is in an uproar over the change.

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                lukfam Feb 4, 2013 05:45 PM

                I was also going to let you know that as Sig said they are no longer pareve, but thanks anyways.

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                koshergourmetmart Jan 24, 2013 07:24 AM

                vh sauces, president choice tea, shmear sauces

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                  goldZ Jan 24, 2013 04:36 AM

                  SAYBON toffees(dairy) ! They come in many flavors. They are available @Bulk Barn in Ontario.

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                    lukfam Jan 23, 2013 10:48 AM

                    I still need more help from all of you Kosher Chowhounds in the US. I'm looking for more ideas of what Kosher products you like to eat/buy when you're in Canada. With your help I can make some really interesting Purim Baskets. Thanks!

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                      SoCal Mother Jan 17, 2013 10:01 PM

                      Why what else besides Red Rose tea?

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                        happybaker Jan 18, 2013 09:35 AM

                        Oh! Forgot about that!

                        Lovely stuff.

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                          SoCal Mother Jan 18, 2013 10:57 AM

                          With the little china figurines, of course!

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                        happybaker Jan 17, 2013 08:38 PM

                        President's choice products. Many items in this brand are kosher and, yummy.

                        Dare cookies. Many of them are kosher and again. not too sweet, really tasty.

                        Maple syrup. Toffees.

                        You are a kind person to think of all this!

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                          helmswoman Jan 17, 2013 12:06 PM

                          Non-caloric sweetener with cyclamantes. This stuff was banned in the States years ago.

                          1. bagelman01 Jan 17, 2013 12:02 PM

                            Cheese Baigels from Kosher Quality or other Montreal Kosher bakeries. There is nothing like this pastry here in the US.

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                              sadg95 Jan 18, 2013 07:41 AM

                              porges canadian style bakery at coney island ave and ave k makes a cheese bagel that I think is pretty close

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                              chefathome Jan 17, 2013 11:34 AM

                              Buttertarts but these are better if you make them yourself. :)

                              1. pinehurst Jan 17, 2013 11:29 AM

                                I like to visit the sugar shacks in province of Quebec for maple products: maple sugar candies, maple chocolate, maple vinegar, maple "butter", maple bbq sauce.

                                1. SourberryLily Jan 17, 2013 09:11 AM

                                  Where are you from? In Montreal, we have montreal jewish bagels which are famous and very unique. Same can be said for smoked meat, again, famous in this area.

                                  Both can be packaged for mailing.

                                  Perhaps this question should be moved to one of the Canadian forums.

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                                    DeisCane Jan 17, 2013 09:20 AM

                                    Those were the two things I was thinking of.

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                                      SourberryLily Jan 17, 2013 09:47 AM

                                      One more to add:
                                      This came from UK visitors though, not US. They LOVE the maple leaf cookies. The plain kind we have at the groceries. It's very popular with kids.

                                      No idea if it is kosher.

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                                        njkosher Jan 17, 2013 10:18 AM

                                        Hunts Thick and Rich sauces. I know not for foodies, but they are handy to have around.
                                        Anything President Choice. They have great chips and sodas in different flavors. Last time there I bought Steak flavor which was great and DAIRY.
                                        Anything Strubs

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                                          Altalena Jan 17, 2013 11:14 AM

                                          I enjoy these cookies as well. They are available at TJ's and some Walgreen's in the US. No need to buy them in Canada.

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                                            hbg1 Jan 17, 2013 11:24 AM

                                            I picked up a box of the maple cookies at Aldi's as well. I hadn't seen them kosher anywhere else in the States.

                                            But I'm still sorry I didn't buy some of the interesting jarred sauces I saw when I was in Canada a couple years ago. They had some Indian sauces and others I'd never seen in a kosher version before. I don't know the brand or if they're actually good or not, though.

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                                      sadg95 Jan 17, 2013 08:19 AM

                                      VH sauces
                                      Strubs Pickles
                                      Shirrif's Lemon Meringue Pie filling (Pareve!)
                                      Unico Pizza Sauces
                                      ditto on all the wild flavoured Lays and President's Choice chips

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                                        lukfam Jan 17, 2013 08:26 AM

                                        Thank you, good suggestions!

                                      2. jpr54_1 Jan 17, 2013 05:37 AM

                                        Oka cheese
                                        (not kosher I think)

                                        tea from http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/tea-s...

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                                          lukfam Jan 17, 2013 07:01 AM

                                          I want to thank everyone for their suggestions but please keep in mind all the items need to be Kosher.

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                                          jlhinwa Jan 16, 2013 07:23 PM

                                          McIntosh toffee. Love that stuff!

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                                            happybaker Jan 17, 2013 08:31 PM


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                                            bigredesq Jan 16, 2013 04:42 PM

                                            Canadian Coke

                                            Cotts Black Cherry soda

                                            smoked meat

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                                              CanadaGirl Jan 17, 2013 07:56 AM

                                              Out of curiousity, what is the difference between American and Canadian Coke?

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                                                DeisCane Jan 17, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                Perhaps Canadian Coke is made with real sugar.

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                                                  SourberryLily Jan 17, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                  No it's not unless you buy the new ones with "made with real sugar" on them. they came out recently. i think it's a fad.

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                                                    zsero Jan 17, 2013 11:56 AM

                                                    Really? Why would Canadian Coke not be made with real sugar all along? The only reason they use corn syrup in the USA is that sugar is taxed so high that it's triple the world price, while corn is heavily subsidised so it's cheaper than everywhere else. In Canada that's not the case, which is why the Life Savers factory moved across the lake to Canada about 20 years ago. So why would they deliberately be making their Coke with corn syrup?

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                                                      CanadaGirl Jan 17, 2013 02:34 PM

                                                      In Canada, HFCS is called glucose/fructose. We don't use less HFCS, we just call it something different!

                                                      As I understand it, HFCS is sweeter than other sweeteners, and so it takes less of it to get a specific sweetness level (but I'm not certain of this)

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                                                        avitrek Jan 17, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                        NAFTA. If HFCS is cheaper in the us, it is probably cheaper in Canada too.

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                                                AdinaA Jan 16, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                Canned moose http://www.themoosestore.com/index.ph...

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                                                  craigcep Jan 17, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                  That was very disappointing :)

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                                                  CloggieGirl Jan 16, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                  'All-dressed' flavor chips!!! I was at a Canadian engagement party and had to resist eating the whole bowl of them.

                                                  I'm also a fan of a Quebec maple whisky called Sortilege, but I know some people might not be ok with its kashrut status.

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                                                    daphnar Jan 16, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                    Or one of the other funky flavor potato chips! Lays has roast chicken, dill pickle, bacon, and sour cream and bacon. If memory serves, they are all ou dairy.

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                                                      rockycat Jan 17, 2013 06:32 AM

                                                      You can get smoky bacon crisps in Canada? Road trip!!!!!

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                                                        chefathome Jan 17, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                        My friends like to get Old Dutch ketchup chips.

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