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


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Bubbly goodness.
5. Aero Bar: This bar of simple milk chocolate filled with nothing but air bubbles feels lighter than most candy bars, but in fact has about as many calories. Nestle came out with mint, orange, and "crunch" versions of this bar, but as a purist I prefer the original.

4. Crispy Crunch: Yes, this is similar to a Wunderbar, which is similar to a Butterfinger, but, true to its name, the Crispy Crunch is, well, crunchier. It was sold briefly in the United States in the 90s, but never earned a fan base like it has in Canada.

3. Coffee Crisp: A lengthy and impassioned petition to bring this 60-year-old brand to the U.S. succeeded in 2006. But it looks like no one save expats are eating the coffee-hinted chocolate-covered wafers because they haven't been visibly marketed here since then.

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Mack on this.

2. Mackintosh "MACK" Toffee: Full disclosure: I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where this soft toffee originated. What's not to love? Red tartan packaging, chewy texture, every-so-slightly, salty sweetness... plus, it keeps for, like, ever.

1. Crunchie: For some reason, the Americans I know who have tried it hate this candy bar. And, in fact, the signature golden wrapper can be found in certain pockets of this country. But, for me, the honeycombed wafer enveloped in Cadbury milk chocolate - especially in the mini bite size - is the taste of Halloween, circa 1989.


If I missed your favorite or listed a sweet you find repulsive, let me know. Oh, and if you happen to spot any of these in the greater New York City area, let me know that, too, eh?


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32 comments
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)

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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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