Ever tried to order a Caesar and a side order of back bacon at a US restaurant? Looked in vain for a bag of ketchup chips or a box of KD at an American supermarket? Those are just some of the many unique Canadian products that get to enjoy north of the border — and that Americans don’t!
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It's amazing to consider that what is basically a flattened out, hole-free donut has become an emblematic Canadian snack. Resembling the tail of a distinctly Canadian beaver, these tasty treats are available with an array of toppings and fillings, served piping hot and oh-so delicious.
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A classic delight that's enjoyed on this land, the butter tart consists of a small pastry shell filled with a sweet filling made from butter, sugar, syrup and egg. It's a dessert worth crossing the border for. Tip: if you can't get enough, try making a batch of this perfectly Canadian butter tart trail mix.
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A variation on a Bloody Mary that subs in clamato juice for tomato juice, the Caesar is a quintessentially Canadian cocktail.
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Milk in Bags
Canadians have been pouring milk from see-through plastic bags since the late 1960s, a European design that was introduced to Canada by Canadian food packaging firm DuPont in 1967 as a more practical and cost-effective alternative to the heavy glass bottles that were used before that. While bagged milk can be found in numerous countries throughout the world, America is not one of them.
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The made-in-Canada clothing company has long been one of the most stylish ways to take pride in being Canadian, and it remains a product that is quintessentially Canadian.
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Featuring alternating layers of vanilla wafer and foamy coffee-flavoured candy beneath a thick blanket of milk chocolate, Coffee Crisp is a Canadian favourite that you won't find in the US of A.
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Hudson’s Bay Blanket
The iconic striped Hudson's Bay blanket has a complicated history that extends back to 1779.
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Anyone who's ever spoken the phrase "ketchup-flavoured potato chips" to an American acquaintance has probably received a look of incredulity combined with a hint of nausea — but that's only because they've never tasted these unique and habit-forming salty snacks.
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Sure, you can find packaged macaroni and cheese on supermarket shelves all over the world, but only in Canada will you find Kraft Dinner — which is so popular that most people refer to it by the nickname KD.
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The Canadian casual dining chain is only available to Canadians. While there were briefly some US locations (in Buffalo, New York and Puerto Rico), they've since shut down, so Swiss Chalet is all ours!
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Yes, you can get Molson beer outside of Canada — but it’s called Molson Export; Molson Canadian is reserved exclusively for us. Anyone who’s ever downed a pint of Guinness in Dublin and then tasted the exported variety will get the gist.
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Featuring a gooey layer of yellow custard sandwiched between chocolate ganache and a coconut-graham crust, Nanaimo bars originated in the BC town before heading eastward until no region of Canada could avoid their deliciousness. The rest of the world doesn’t know what it’s missing.
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What Americans know as “Canadian bacon” is a poor imitation of the real thing — which we don’t even call by that name, instead referring to it as peameal bacon or back bacon. Unlike regular bacon, which is cut from the fatty pork belly, peameal bacon comes from the loin, making the slices round and lean. The term “peameal,” by the way, originated from the days when the loin was rolled in crushed peas; these days, cornmeal is typically used.
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Once a Quebec favourite, the popularity of poutine has spread far and wide— but it's still Canadian!
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Mountain Equipment Co-op
One of Canada’s most renowned retailers of outdoor equipment, you won’t not a single one of MEC’s 22 locations is outside the borders of Canada.
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President's Choice has raised the bar with its eclectic array of products, and Canadians are proud to call them all ours.
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The candy-coated chocolate buttons we know as Smarties are uniquely Canadian — in America, Smarties is the name bestowed upon those chalky little circles we call Rockets. We never said being Canadian wasn't occasionally confusing!
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Different places all have their own unique police force — France's Gendarmes, for example, of London Bobbies — but only in Canada will you find the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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To be honest, it's probably not a huge mystery why a chewing gum that's that prides itself on tasting like soap never caught on outside of Canada.
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While this Canadian chocolatier now delivers south of the border too, there is something pretty sweet about this company's all-Canadian origins, beginning in 1907 Vancouver.