Canadian Candy: 11 Sweets You Can't Get this Side of the Border

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Canada's Crunchie bar: not for Yanks?
For Canadian expats living in the U.S., Halloween can be a painful reminder of all the sweet snacks of their youth that remain largely unavailable this side of the border. Some of them stock up when they go home and smuggle their favorite goodies back. Others order online from sites like Canadiansweet.com and Bellamiacandy.com.

As the resident Canadian here at Fork in the Road, I thought I'd round up 11 of my favorite sweets from home that I won't be able to enjoy this Halloween.

11. Glossettes: OK, so they're raisins. But that makes these chocolate-covered rabbit dropping-sized niblets practically healthy. Although, considering they get their name from the "gloss" of the chocolaty coating, they probably aren't so much.

10. Maltesers: These little malted balls covered in milk chocolate look just like their American cousins, Whoppers, but true connoisseurs will tell you that the coating on Maltesers is thicker and the center just that much maltier. Plus, the lewder name.

9. Wunderbar: It's pretty much a Butterfinger. But the Canadian version, like any Brit or Canadian will tell you, is better because it's made by Cadbury, a smaller big confectioner that Nestle. The chocolate is sweeter and the bright orange peanutty center peanuttier.

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Sweet Sweet Marie.

8. Caramilk: This 40-plus-year-old Cadbury brand has been peddled for decades with a slogan about unlocking "the Caramilk secret" to how they get the gooey caramel inside the little Hershey Bar-like squares. Worked for me.

7. Mr. Big: The name says it all. They sell mini Halloween versions of this bad boy, but what's the point? It's known and named for being the biggest candy bar Cadbury makes, comprising layers of vanilla wafer, caramel, peanuts, and rice crisps for a satisfying textural experience.

6. Sweet Marie: Much like a Mr. Big, Sweet Marie is huge. The taste profile is also very similar: it too has rice crisps, peanuts, and caramel, but chewy nougat in lieu of crispy wafer gives it (and perhaps, eventually, you) even more weight.



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reignoferror
reignoferror

rschmault - yes, they still sell Eatmore here in Canada.

dan - here's a 70s (very obviously 1970s) commercial for Cherry Blossom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7NiEDJ46x0


Not sure if it's the same as when I was a kid and they were common in corner stores but Lucky Elephant (pink popcorn) is still available some places.


A few years ago Aero changed their bar, especially the mint one, so they are not how they used to be; the mint one tastes nowhere near as minty as it used to be.


One Kit-Kat variety I like is the orange one.  Suspect it's not readily available in the U.S.  Coffee Crisp periodically comes out in other flavours - some a hit, some a miss.

missy
missy

Forgot Smarties:)

synchronaut
synchronaut

Wunderbars are not 'pretty much butterfinger' by a long shot. You call this journalism?

rschmandt
rschmandt

Do they still sell Eatmore bars in Canada.  I hated them as a little kid, but loved them as an adult.

abhimani40
abhimani40

you can get crunchies in AR usaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


tjdragstra2007
tjdragstra2007

Wunderbar is not like Butterfingers at all..... Crispy Crunch is more like Butterfingers than Wunderbar.. Wunderbar has peanut butter, rice crisps and caramel in it. All of which Butterfinger doesn't.

meg
meg

You can totally get these at World Markets and many other shops that import. 

Ti
Ti

I spent 2 summers in Canada and fell in love with Coffee Crisp, Caramilk, Smarties and Spruce Beer Soda.  Yummmm, yummmm!  I'm now looking to get all of the above.  I live in Houston, Texas and we had some Coffee Crisp for a while, but can't find it now.

Kazi_eldrich
Kazi_eldrich

Smarties... I hear they have no Smarties. Or rather what they call Smarties we call Rockets.

Jejouelaflute
Jejouelaflute

I'm american and have went to Canada for vacation since I was about 5...  LOVE the Crunchie bar!  wish I could get them in OH.

MikeP
MikeP

Oh...you can get Canadian candy on the southern side of the International Dotted Line - but you just have to turn over a few more rocks before you are successful. Don't want to turn over stones anymore? Then try this site:

www.BuffaloSpongeCandy.com

I found them last week - and they have a TON of hard-to-find Canadian brands at their online store. Their story seems reasonable and their gographic location seems ideal - I'm going to try them out and see if they have my favorite (Coffee Crisp from Nestle...) Adios!

MikeP
MikeP

What? Have you tried looking in a "border city" such as Buffalo or Detroit or where ever...Here in Buffalo, NY we have an online store FULL of hard to find imported candy from Canada. My favorite? Definitely Nestle Coffee Crisp..not a bad snack for that boring 3:00 pm Staff Meeting you have to go to...Who knows - you may even make friends with The Boss...

HeatherC
HeatherC

Cadbury Minieggs, mmmMMMMmmMmmmm:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

They're traditionally seasonal, but they're ]available year-round now in Canada (YES!). Their crunchy-coating and chocolate combo is perfectly balanced in taste and texture.

Wilton Bayas
Wilton Bayas

I don't sit and analyze how we get here, why we win somewhere

Tonya
Tonya

Smarties! (they have smarties there - but it's what we refer to as rockets in Canada!)

Ellen
Ellen

I am a Canadian born and bred and I would NEVER eat ANY of these junk food items. Yuck! There is really excellent chocolate available just about everywhere in Canada, even at gas stations, so why anyone would eat this crap beats me.

CB
CB

I'm a Canadian ex-pat in NYC. You can purchase many of these candy bars at Cafe 28 (SE corner of Fifth Avenue and 28th Street). But be prepared for the sticker shock - prices are double those of normal USA candy bars.

DennyCrane
DennyCrane

I've seen Aeros sold all over the place in NYC, and I've seen Coffee Crisps too.

Myles
Myles

hehehe... suckers (pun intended)

Trust me there are WAY more candies available to you Guys... Living In Quebec we only get candy they want to Translate... And you Cant Translate "What-cha-ma-call-it" the best Candy Barr EVER!!!!! (we still get the ads tho)

B

Emi
Emi

I LOVE crunchies. OK so I'm a Brit but I still love them. They're the only milk chocolate worth eating. Also you're wrong about Aeros, the mint ones are the best.

Also here's how to make cinder toffee, the centre of Crunchies, at home:

http://www.waitrose.com/recipe...

Om nom nom...

Danny
Danny

haven't heard of 9 of them. haha, but Aero bars are way more common now. I've even seen them in a deli in midtown.

Shawn Rosvold
Shawn Rosvold

Chantal, thanks for the trip down memory lane. I can't eat any of that stuff any more because my drinking has me too close to becoming a diabetic. Life is all about choices, isn't it? I lived in Halifax when the Moirs chocolate factory was downtown on Argyle St. and I can still conjure up those great smells. Then Moirs left Halifax for Dartmouth and was eventually taken over by Hershey (with taxpayer funding) and the quality went south. Then the jobs did, too, when Hershey shut it down.

cmartineau
cmartineau

But thanks for the Tea & Sympathy tip!

cmartineau
cmartineau

Yes, most Canadian sweets are in fact originally British. But Canadians will tell you that their versions taste different. Kinda like US vs. Canadian Bud.

terry
terry

You can get a LOT of these here in New York...try Tea and Sympathy in the West Village.

Erica
Erica

I LOVE Crunchies. I was fortunate to buy a whole bunch on a trip to British Virgin Islands a while back. I still have some in the fridge...

Tarah
Tarah

Huh, I thought most of these were made in the UK. No?

abhimani40
abhimani40

@Ti you can also get smarties mam stlye here too


100153345
100153345

@Kazi_eldrich It's the other way around. What you Americans call Smarties, we Canadians call Rockets. Smarties are button-shaped pieces of candy coated chocolate. Similar to M&M's, but larger, flatter, and made with actual chocolate instead of "chocolatey flavoured candy."

Jenn ertel
Jenn ertel

I'm going to be visiting a friend of mine in North Olmsted, OH in 4 days and I want to bring some Canadian candies down for her daughter. Do you have any other suggestions of things we sell here but don't sell in the US? Just asking since you said you've been coming here for vacation since you were 5. How about Dunkaroos...do they sell those where you live?

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