20 Unique Canadian Foods – Dare I Try?

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!!!

1.  Poutine:
French fries generously slathered in gravy and cheese curds – a classic Canadian treat!

Poutine

2.  Ketchup Chips
Ketchup has never tasted so salty, non-tomatoey, and outright good…or so they say!

Food_Ketchup Chips

3.  Maple Syrup
What could be more Canadian than syrup that comes from the maple tree, whose iconic leaf has come to symbolize Canada?

Food_Maple Syrup

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.

Food_Butter Tart

5.  Beaver Tail
Famous fried-dough treat shaped to resemble real beaver tails and often topped with chocolate, candy, and fruit.

Food_Beaver Tail

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.

Food_Nanaimo Bar

7.  B.C. Salmon
Includes many different species such as Chinook, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, Cutthroat, Steelhead, and Pink.

Food_BC Salmon

8.  Wild Blueberries
Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of wild blueberries, also known as “lowbush berries.”

Food_Wild Blueberries

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.

Food_BlueberryBlossomHoney

10.  Nova Scotia Lobster
Atlantic province of Nova Scotia is world-renowned for its tasty crustaceans.

Food_Nova Scotia Lobster

11.  Alberta Beef
Alberta’s beef is considered among the best, and Alberta is the cattle capital of Canada.

Food_Alberta Beef

12.  Caesar (cocktail)
A Canadian concoction made using vodka, Clamato juice, seasoning and garnish.

Caesar

13.  Arctic Char
Freshwater fish species raised across Canada.

Food_Char

14.  Bannock
Takes its name from a traditional Scottish flat bread, adopted by North American Natives, including Canada’s Inuit.

Food_Bannock

15.  Newfoundland Screech
A type of rum made in Jamaica, and bottled and aged in Newfoundland.

Food_Screech

16.  Saskatoon Berries
Very similar to blueberries, but native to Canadian Prairies, B.C. and Northern Canada.

Food_Berries

17.  Pemmican
Kind of like jerky, pemmican is a type of dried meat often made from bison or moose.

Food_Pemmican

18.  Red Rose Tea
Canadians drink more than nine billion cups of tea every year.  Red Rose is a country favorite I must try!

Food_RedRose

19.  Oka Cheese
A Quebec classic that is a semi-soft pressed cheese made with cow’s milk.

Food_OkaCheese

20.  Coffee Crisp
Candy bar found only in Canada, consisting of crunchy wafer, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee flavoring.

Food_CoffeeCrisp

Jen

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8 thoughts on “20 Unique Canadian Foods – Dare I Try?

  1. I’ve had the ketchup chips (when we went to Toronto) and they are so good!!! 🙂 All of the foods on that list look delicious!!!

  2. You have a lot of delicious food in your future 🙂 For Alberta beef, go to Costco. Their steaks are a bit more $, but so good! I didn’t realize that Nanaimo bars were Canadian…how terrible of me!

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