HOME > Chowhound > Kosher >


What products do US people like to buy when in Canada

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?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. '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.

    3 Replies
    1. re: CloggieGirl

      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.

      1. re: daphnar

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

        1. re: daphnar

          My friends like to get Old Dutch ketchup chips.

        1. Canadian Coke

          Cotts Black Cherry soda

          smoked meat

          6 Replies
          1. re: bigredesq

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

            1. re: CanadaGirl

              Perhaps Canadian Coke is made with real sugar.

              1. re: DeisCane

                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.

                1. re: SourberryLily

                  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?

                  1. re: zsero

                    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)

                    1. re: zsero

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

            2. McIntosh toffee. Love that stuff!

              1 Reply
                1. re: jpr54_1

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

                2. 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

                  1 Reply
                  1. 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.

                    5 Replies
                    1. re: SourberryLily

                      Those were the two things I was thinking of.

                      1. re: DeisCane

                        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.

                        1. re: SourberryLily

                          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

                          1. re: SourberryLily

                            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.

                            1. re: Altalena

                              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.

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

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

                            1 Reply
                            1. re: bagelman01

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

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

                              1. 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!

                                1. Why what else besides Red Rose tea?

                                  2 Replies
                                    1. re: happybaker

                                      With the little china figurines, of course!

                                  1. 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!

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

                                      1. vh sauces, president choice tea, shmear sauces

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

                                          2 Replies
                                          1. re: JRKyummy

                                            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.

                                            1. re: JRKyummy

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

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

                                              4 Replies
                                              1. re: ola

                                                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.

                                                1. re: almond tree

                                                  Those sound great. Would you mind sharing the recipe?


                                                  1. re: hbg1

                                                    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

                                                    1. re: almond tree

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

                                              2. 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.

                                                5 Replies
                                                1. re: rikk

                                                  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.

                                                  1. re: queenscook

                                                    you may want to post this on kosher board

                                                      1. re: queenscook

                                                        i thought i was on different board-sorry

                                                        not paying attention

                                                    1. re: queenscook

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

                                                  2. Cuban cigars, of course.