Traditional Canadian Foods Everyone Needs To Try


Though the second-largest country in the world (after Russia), not much is known about the country just north of the United States. The marvelous Rockies Mountains, the vibrant cities, and the warm people have been a source of attraction to many tourists. However, this country is still a mystery to many. One of those cultural things that remained relatively unique to within the Canadian borders is the food. You can't find many Canadian style restaurants around the world, which is definitely a shame. The Canadian cuisine has much to offer, both sweet and savory, and this is your chance to get a glimpse of it. So here are some traditional Canadian foods everyone needs to try.


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From the Canadian province of Quebec, this popular dish took Canada by storm. It consists of french fries and cheese curds, all covered with a brown gravy. The smell is so inviting and comforting, you will crave it from even just sensing the aroma from across the street. It is especially enjoyable in those cold Canadian winter nights. Its reputation has long made it across the border and the dish can now be found around the world.

Butter Tarts

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Considered on of Canada's best treats, it is a sweet small pastry consists of a filling of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg. Crunchy on top and soft inside, there is nothing more suitable to accompany your morning coffee or afternoon tea. Many people also add raisins, walnuts or pecans to enrich the texture and add an extra layer of goodness. The sweet and savory trend that brought us the salted chocolate also led some bakers to add maple&bacon or salted caramel to the mix.

Beaver Tails

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Also known as elephant ears, moose antlers or whale tails, it is one of the most beloved sweet desserts in Canada. The store brand of the same name is a Canadian chain that introduced the fried dough pastries, along with their endless choice of toppings. Some popular toppings include banana slices, oreos, and chocolate hazelnut. There are now around 140 locations worldwide that spread the delicious delicacy.

Flapper Pie

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The perfect combination of soft and crunch, the Flapper pie is a vanilla custard pie topped with meringue and covered by crispy Graham cracker. It is one of those desserts that are associated with the Canadian prairie culture. They are the perfect finish for every meal as they are not too heavy, yet rich in flavour and texture.

Nanaimo Bar

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These are one of those desserts I was surprised to find out are Canadian. You get so used to seeing them in every coffee shop, that it is hard to believe when they are not there as soon as you go to grab a cup of coffee south of the border. The dessert requires no baking and consists of three layers: a wafer and coconut crumb-base, custard flavoured butter icing and chocolate ganache on top. Though many variations exist, I am a fan of the original version and especially enjoy it after it went through a short stay in the fridge.


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One of the best things to snack on when you don't want a full sized dessert. It saves some coffee time crisis since they are available in every Tim Hortons, and those exist everywhere. Known in the U.S as donut holes, Timbits still feell unique to Canadians. Varieties include Chocolate Glazed, Sour Cream Glazed, Honey Dip, and Old Fashion Glazed.

Maple Taffy

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There is nothing better than a treat that is as fun to make as it is tasty. Known also by its french name "Tire d’érable sur la neige", it is a sugar candy that is prepared by pouring boiling maple syrup over snow. The cold causes the hot syrup to immediately harden, creating this fun textured and rich in flavour treat.

Split Pea Soup

A traditional dish in Canadian cuisine, it can be found as an appetizer in almost every canadian restaurant. It was spread nation-wide from Québec and it is one of those comfort foods you feel healthy when eating, especially during the winter. It is typically composed of peas, pork and herbs. The texture is creamy and automatically spreads a warm sensation throughout the body.