Canadian Confections, 2009. Digital Photograph. Privately held by Kathryn Lake Hogan UE, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Windsor, Ontario. 2009.
"Do you eat the red ones last?"
"Have you felt the bubbles melt?"
"How do you like your coffee?"
When I had chosen the topic "Around the Kitchen Table" for the 3rd edition of the Canadian Genealogy Carnival I was thinking of people posting about their favourite Canadian dishes or recipes. However, a few weeks ago, I posted on facebook that I was eating Smarties® and I hoped they worked. Someone left me a comment asking "What are Smarties®?"
This got me thinking about some of my favourite candies that are available here in Canada but not in the USA. So, in the interest of research, I went to the store today and purchased some Canadian confections, and of course, sampled them. I want to give you, dear reader, an honest report. Smarties® are similar to M&M's. They are colourful, candy coated chocolates . As kids, my brother and I used to think that when you ate them you would be smarter. Smarties® are still popular with children. And, grown-ups still like them too. "When you eat your Smarties®, do you eat the red ones last?"
Big Turk® is a chocolate covered jelly. I think these are supposed to be like a chocolate covered Turkish delight. I didn't like this. I find them to be much too sweet.
Coffee Crisp® is a coffee flavoured cream and wafer chocolate bar. These were my mom's favourite. When she moved to the USA, she would ask me to bring her some Coffee Crisp® bars when I came to visit. Although they have been available in the USA since 2006, they are very hard to find there.
A few other Canadian favourites are Macintosh Toffee®, Mars® bar (not sold in the USA since 2000), and Oh Henry!®