I recently came across this article in the Huffington Post (HERE) about foods unique to Canada, and I thought – this is perfect! I can now create a list for me – so I grabbed 20 of the most unique foods that I want to try while on assignment here in Calgary. If you’re American and have tried any of these…I want to know!! And if you’re Canadian and have a “MUST GO” place to try one of these….I want to know!!!
French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds – a classic Canadian treat!
2. Ketchup Chips
Ketchup has never tasted so salty, non-tomatoey, and outright good…or so they say!
3. Maple Syrup
What could be more Canadian than syrup that comes from the maple tree, whose iconic leaf has come to symbolize Canada?
4. Butter Tarts
A classic Canadian dessert made with butter, sugar, syrup, and eggs – filled in a buttery pastry shell, and often includes either raisins or nuts.
5. Beaver Tail
Famous fried-dough treat shaped to resemble real beaver tails and often topped with chocolate, candy, and fruit.
6. Nanaimo Bars
Legendary Canadian no-bake treats originated in Nanaimo, B.C. and typically made with graham-cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts, vanilla custard, and chocolate.
7. B.C. Salmon
Includes many different species such as Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, Cutthroat, Steelhead, and Pink.
8. Wild Blueberries
Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of wild blueberries, also known as “lowbush berries.”
9. Blueberry Blossom Honey
Bees also love blueberry shrubs! Although the honey is not actually blueberry flavored, it does have a subtle aftertaste of the fruit.
10. Nova Scotia Lobster
Atlantic province of Nova Scotia is world-renowned for its tasty crustaceans.
11. Alberta Beef
Alberta’s beef is considered among the best, and Alberta is the cattle capital of Canada.
12. Caesar (cocktail)
A Canadian concoction made using vodka, Clamato juice, seasoning and garnish.
13. Arctic Char
Freshwater fish species raised across Canada.
Takes its name from a traditional Scottish flat bread, adopted by North American Natives, including Canada’s Inuit.
15. Newfoundland Screech
A type of rum made in Jamaica, and bottled and aged in Newfoundland.
16. Saskatoon Berries
Very similar to blueberries, but native to Canadian Prairies, B.C. and Northern Canada.
Kind of like jerky, pemmican is a type of dried meat often made from bison or moose.
18. Red Rose Tea
Canadians drink more than nine billion cups of tea every year. Red Rose is a country favorite I must try!
19. Oka Cheese
A Quebec classic that is a semi-soft pressed cheese made with cow’s milk.
20. Coffee Crisp
Candy bar found only in Canada, consisting of crunchy wafer, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee flavoring.