O Canada! A beautiful country full of beautiful sceneries, beautiful people and incredible food. In Calgary alone, you can find over 20 different countries represented by it’s multiculturalism. With all the diversity, there are plenty of unique Canadian food items worth trying.
What better way to start trying these items than by diving head first on July 1st, 2017 as Canada celebrates her 150th birthday. In this two part series, we will provide some top picks of uniquely Canadian food items that anyone touring our country coast to coast should try. As you eat your way across Canada, whether you’re taking the train with the $150 train pass, flying from city to city by Westjet/Air Canada, or planning a good ol’ road trip across the provinces, here’s our Top 4 Must-Try Canadian Treats, and more importantly, where to find them!
1. BeaverTails Pastry
An addictive fried pastry with your choice of topping, Canadians have had the pleasure of enjoying this treat since its conception in 1978. Customers have the luxury of choosing from a multitude of toppings such as cinnamon and sugar, maple butter, garlic butter and cheese and many more. As you make your way coast to coast, rest assured that there are over 50 BeaversTails locations that can be enjoyed along the way.
2. Butter Tarts
A classic Canadian dessert made with butter, sugar, syrup and eggs filled inside a buttery pastry shell. You can get yours runny or firm, I personally enjoy them fresh out of the oven when they are still warm and runny. Traditionally, the tarts include ingriedients like raisins, or walnuts and pecans. If traditional is not your style, you can find bakery’s and farmers market’s that will add a modern twist by including different flavors like fruit or chocolate. As you refuel with coffee or tea during your trip, stop by a farmer’s market or bakery and pair your cup with a butter tart!
3. Nanaimo Bars
Originating in Nanaimo, B.C., these bars are typically made with graham-cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts, vanilla custard and chocolate. Whether you are a fan of mint chocolate, fruity flavors, peanut butter or mocha, you are guaranteed to find the flavored Nanaimo bar that will make your heart sing as you stop by a local bakery or embark on the Nanaimo Bar Trail.
4. Maple Syrup
Who knew such a mouth-watering treat could come from a tree? As you quickly become addicted to maple syrup, you may be surprised that maple sugar and maple cream can also be incorporated into your everyday cooking or baking! Be sure to keep an eye out for treats such as the infamous maple-bacon donut, maple ice cream and maple glazed brussels sprouts that can be found all across Canada! If you happen to stop by Quebec, your trip will definitely take a sweet turn as they are the largest producer of maple syrup in the world!
What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday then by going out and trying as many different food items that Canada has to offer. As you journey across, and enjoy different things, let us know which Canadian treats are your personal favorites! Stay tuned for the next part of the “Eating Your Way Across Canada Series,” which comes out next week!