Show Off Your Canadian Pride by Identifying These Snacks Only Popular in Canada

By: Ashley Linkletter

Show Off Your Canadian Pride by Identifying These Snacks Only Popular in Canada
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About This Quiz

Whether it's a bag of uniquely flavoured chips or a decadent bar of milk chocolate, Canadians take their snack food very seriously. As the inventors of ketchup chips, Hickory Sticks and Dare maple leaf cookies, we know there's a lot at stake when it comes to protecting the integrity of our snacks. Unsurprisingly, many of the snacks we enjoy in Canada regularly come from the United Kingdom — sometimes, the original product names are kept, and sometimes the snack's name is reinvented for a Canadian audience. 

Is it a Glosette or a Raisinet? A Weetabix or an Oatibix? A Caramilk or a Caramello? Is Canada famous for all-dressed or everything chips? If you're a true Canadian snack food aficionado, these questions will be easy peasy. On the other hand, if you're unfamiliar with these treats, you'll come out of this quiz with a long list of new foods to try — especially if you're visiting Canada for the first time (in which case, bring an extra suitcase so you can share your newfound culinary obsession with your friend and family.) 

To get into the right mood, we wholeheartedly encourage the enjoyment of several President's Choice chocolate chip cookies as a means to help you guess the correct answers (a big glass of bright pink soda pop wouldn't be remiss in this situation, either.) 

Smarties You don't have to be a smarty pants to know what the sweet Canadian treat in the picture above is called. What is the name of this shareable snack?
Smileys
Smarties
"When you eat your Smarties, do you eat the red ones last?" If you grew up watching cartoons in the '90s, these words would immediately put the Smarties jingle in your head. Unlike American Smarties (which are made from hard candy), Canadian Smarties are made from candy-covered milk chocolate.
Choco-bits
Rolo

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Hickory Sticks These smoky snacks are named after a tree; can you guess what they're called?
Hickory Sticks
Hickory Sticks are known for their deeply smoky flavour and stick-like shape, which makes them an ideal snack for sharing. Although Hickory Sticks are cut into matchsticks, they still offer plenty of chip for their size — the chips are double-cut, resulting in an extra-thick hickory-flavoured experience.
Maple Chips
Pine Needles
Hickory Chips

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Jos Louis This snack cake in dessert form is pillowy chocolate perfection — do you know which name is the right one?
Cupcakes
Twinkies
Little Debbie cakes
Jos Louis
What do you call two pieces of chocolate cake filled with a creamy white filling and then dipped in milk chocolate? A Jos Louis, of course! Invented in 1932, Jos Louis snack cakes were named after Joseph and Louis, the sons of the original inventors, Arcade and Rose-Anna Giroux Vachon.

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Ketchup Canada's most famous chip flavour is based on its most popular condiment. Which condiment is it?
Ketchup
It might be hard to believe, but ketchup chips were invented in the 1970s after an effort to marry the unlikely combination of fruit flavouring and potato chips (in addition to ketchup, orange and grape flavours were also tested.) The ketchup chips were a hit, but the other flavours? Not so much.
Yellow mustard
Mayonnaise
Peanut butter

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All-dressed chips These chips are generously seasoned with something for everyone — but not everyone knows that they're called. Do you know what name they go by?
Everything chips
Party chips
Dill pickle chips
All-dressed chips
Ruffles all-dressed chips are partly sweet, partly salty, with just the right amount of vinegar flavour. The secret to this uniquely Canadian flavour experience? A perfect blend of ketchup, salt and vinegar, barbecue and sour cream and onion chip seasoning.

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Dill pickle You won't find yourself in a pickle if you eat these mouth-puckering chips. Can you figure out the flavour?
Sour cream and onion
Dill pickle
While the concept of dill pickle chips might seem unusual, this popular flavour is adored by Canadians across the country. Chips aren't the only kind of snack food to come in a dill pickle flavour — Doritos and popcorn can also be found covered in the tangy seasoning.
BBQ
Corn

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Maple and bacon Can you guess which two uniquely Canadian ingredients are used to flavour these sweet and salty chips?
Honey and dijon
Brown sugar and teriyaki
Maple and bacon
Although they're a relatively new invention, Kettle Brand maple bacon potato chips are quickly becoming a permanent addition to the Canadian snack scene. The super-crunchy chips combine the smokiness of thick-cut bacon with the distinct sweetness of maple syrup.
Salted caramel

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Kinder Surprise Which treat for children also comes with a tiny toy?
Kinder Surprise
Kinder Surprise is a fun treat for young children and the young at heart (the word "kinder" means "children" in German.) The milk chocolate egg comes with a small plastic capsule inside; open the capsule, and you'll discover a small toy to play with while you finish eating the chocolate.
Nerds
Twizzlers
Cadbury chocolate egg

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Thrills gum If you've tried this gum, you either love it (or really, really hate it.) What is the name of this polarizing product?
Trident gum
Excel gum
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Thrills gum
The marketing team behind Thrills gum makes no pretence about hiding the gum's infamous flavour — its tagline is, "It still tastes like soap!" First invented in London, Ontario, Thrills gum is heavily flavoured with rosewater, giving the gum its signature dish soap and potpourri flavour.

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Maple leaf cookies If Canada had a national cookie, this would be it! Which patriotic symbol also comes in cookie format?
Moose cookies
Maple leaf cookies
Dare's Maple Leaf Crème cookies are made in the shape of a maple leaf, covered in a thick layer of creamy maple frosting and then sandwiched together to create the ultimate patriotic cookie (who knew Canada would taste so good in cookie form?)
Schooner cookies
Canadian flag cookies

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Coffee Crisp A coffee break isn't a coffee break until it involves one of these — which caffeinated confection is this question referring to?
Coffee Crisp
Coffee Crisp bars have a surprisingly long history as a break-time snack; they were first made in the UK in the 1930's under the name Rowntree's Wafer Crisp. The chocolate bar eventually received a boost from the addition of coffee and in 1988 it officially became known as a Coffee Crisp bar.
Chocolate espresso bar
Mars
Twix

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Crispy Crunch Chocolate? Check. Crunchy peanut butter? Also check. Which chocolate bar should you choose if you want a little of both?
Crispy Crunch
"The only thing better than your Crispy Crunch is someone else's" — this slogan was written in the late '80s by Martin Shewchuck while working at the ad agency Leo Burnett Canada. The slogan was responsible for carrying the brand from 10th place to 1st in terms of sales and growth by volume.
Mars
Crunchie
Crunch

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Caramilk Which sweet snack features pockets of molten caramel tucked into squares of chocolate?
Twix
Big Turk
Caramilk
If given a survey, most Canadians would agree a Caramilk bar is a type of chocolate bar. Still, according to food labelling laws, Caramilks must be labelled as "candy bars" because they aren't legally considered solid chocolate bars.
Eat More

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Big Turk What kind of chocolate bar closely resembles Turkish delight?
Mars
Big Turk
Big Turk bars fall under the category of "love it or hate it" thanks to their distinctive dark pink centre made from Turkish delight. Made by Nestlé, Big Turk bars are a favourite for people who are trying to eat less fat in their diet — the bar contains 60% less fat than other chocolate bars.
Mounds
Aero

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Crunchie Canadian fans of sponge toffee will know the name of this chocolate bar — do you?
Crunchie
Crunchie bars are manufactured by Cadbury in several different countries. A fine stream of very hot oil is used to slice the sponge toffee in every country except for in Canada, where the cutting is done by rotary saws.
Wunderbar
Maltesers
Crunch

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Beaver tails This fried pastry is named after a certain anatomical part of an iconic Canadian animal. Where does this delicious snack get its name?
Beaver tails
Official BeaverTails are made by BeaverTails food stands, although there are plenty of regional recipes for making this fried treat at home. Favourite toppings include — but aren't limited to — sugar, cinnamon, whipped cream and Nutella.
Moose antlers
Canada goose wings
Deer hooves

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Nanaimo bars When you combine chocolate, butter and coconut, what kind of distinctly Canadian dessert do you get?
Nanaimo bars
Nanaimo bars have been considered a national treasure in Canada for over 60 years — the first known recipe was published in 1953 in one of two places (food historians disagree on this detail): Edith Adams' prize cookbook or the Vancouver Sun, where it was called a "London Fog Bar."
Toronto brownies
Edmonton tarts
Charlottetown cakes

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Aero This aerated snack comes in milk chocolate, orange or mint chocolate flavours. What is the name of this bubbly bar?
Aero
Aero bars are manufactured and distributed all over the world, with one notable exception: the United States. Aero bars were briefly sold in the States during the 1980s, but the product failed to attract a following, and sales were discontinued.
Kit Kat
Wunderbar
Crunchie

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PC Deluxe White Cheddar Mac and Cheese This cheesy product is much saltier than its main competitor and can be found on the shelves of Shoppers Drugmart and Loblaws — can you identify this Canadian snack?
Easy Mac
PC Deluxe White Cheddar Mac and Cheese
President's Choice Deluxe White Cheddar Mac and Cheese can be found in any store operating under the Loblaw Companies Limited banner. Canadians love the PC version of macaroni and cheese for its extra creamy sauce and sharp cheddar taste.
Stouffer's Mac and Cheese
Knorr noodles

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Kraft Dinner Canadians eat more of this product than any other country. Do you know the name of Canada's most beloved pantry staple?
Alpha-Getti
Heinz Tomatoes and Beans
Kraft Dinner
Approximately 7 million boxes of Kraft Dinner are sold around the world every week, and Canadians are responsible for purchasing roughly 1.7 million of those boxes. The bright orange macaroni and cheese mix is so popular it now has a permanent home on the shelves of Canadian pantries everywhere.
Campbells Tomato Soup

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Butter What kind of dairy product is this Canadian dessert named after?
Butter
Gooey, syrup-like filling, the satisfying crunch of crisp sugar — these are the traits that make butter tarts such a satisfying snack. When it comes to butter tart specifics, all Canadians know they must pick a side in the never-ending debate about whether raisins should be included in the recipe.
Cheese
Chocolate milk
Ice cream

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Alphaghetti Many Canadian children get a head-start on the letters of the alphabet by eating this comfort food — what is it called?
Alphabet cereal
Alphabet lasagna
Alphabet soup
Alpha-Getti
Alpha-Getti is best enjoyed after spending several hours outdoors on a blustery winter day. Manufactured by Heinz, Alphaghetti features alphabet-shaped pasta in a savoury yet pleasantly sweet tomato sauce.

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Zoodles Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Which made-in-Canada canned treat features an entire menagerie of animals?
Chicken noodle soup
Clam chowder
Zoodles
While the rest of the world has come to think of zoodles as spiralized zucchini noodles, Canadians know that actual Zoodles are an easy snack or lunch consisting of animal-shaped pasta and tomato sauce — all that stands between you and a hot bowl of Zoodles is a can opener and a microwave.
Jungle stew

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Shreddies You don't have to be shredded to enjoy the breakfast cereal in the image above; you just need to be hungry. What is the name of this popular cereal?
Froot Loops
Shreddies
Made from wholegrain wheat, Shreddies are a classic breakfast cereal for both children and adults in Canada. Plain Shreddies are only lightly sweetened, although the manufacturer, Post, has gone on to offer limited edition flavours such as frosted or honey-glazed.
Trix
Cheerios

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Cream soda Which type of Canadian pop is known for its shocking pink colour?
Cream soda
Except for the cream soda sold in Quebec and Newfoundland, Canadian cream soda is bright pink. Popular brands include Crush, Dad's, Fanta, Jones Soda, The Pop Shoppe and President's Choice.
Ginger ale
Cola
Rootbeer

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Swiss Chalet dipping sauce This dipping sauce pairs well with almost anything, especially chicken. Can you identify this classic Canadian condiment?
Thousand Island dressing
Brown gravy
Ketchup
Swiss Chalet dipping sauce
Swiss Chalet is a popular fast-casual restaurant specializing in rotisserie chicken. While the chicken is undeniably delicious, the best part of the meal is the dipping sauce — it can even be purchased in powder or canned form from the grocery store.

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Maltesers Sweet but not cloying, which of the following treats are advertised as "a lighter way to enjoy chocolate"?
Maltesers
When Maltesers were first manufactured in the United Kingdom in 1937, they were marketed towards women who were looking to maintain a svelte figure. Decades later, the chocolate-covered malted balls are still advertised as being lower in fat but still full of flavour.
Aero bars
Mars bars
Wunderbar

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Montreal Where is the best place in Canada to buy fresh bagels?
Calgary
Vancouver
Montreal
Montreal-style bagels are sold all over Canada, but to experience the best bagel possible, you'll need to travel to the city of Montreal. This type of bagel is instantly recognizable by its small, dense shape and large hole — flavour-wise, Montreal-style bagels are known for their sweet taste.
Fredericton

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Smoked meat What kind of meat is Montreal most famous for?
Beef jerky
Pepperoni
Smoked meat
Montreal-style smoked meat is made from cured beef brisket that has been salted and flavoured with herbs. The brisket is cured for one week, at which point it's smoked and steamed until ready to be eaten. Sandwiches and poutine are both popular vehicles for eating Montreal-style smoked meat.
Turkey legs

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Halifax, Nova Scotia Donair is loved by Canadians everywhere; where is the best place to get donair in the country?
Victoria, British Columbia
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Toronto, Ontario
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The signature dish of Halifax, Nova Scotia, might surprise you — it's not a lobster roll, but a donair! With its origins in traditional Greek food, a donair sandwich or wrap features mounds of thinly shaved beef, diced tomatoes, onions and garlicky donair sauce.

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Dairy Milk Instantly recognizable by its purple packaging, which candy bar do Canadians choose when they're looking for the ultimate chocolate experience?
Aero
Snickers
Dairy Milk
This iconic chocolate bar has been around for well over a century! First manufactured in 1905 in the United Kingdom, Cadbury's Dairy Milk bar has gone from chocolate at its most basic (which it still is) to several newer bars containing fruit, nuts and caramel.
Mr. Good

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Canada Dry When Canadians have a hankering for ginger ale, they reach for which of the following brands?
Canada Dry
Using the same terminology employed by wine tasters, Canada Dry ginger ale's inventor John McLaughlin named the beverage for its less-sweet flavour (fair warning, Canada Dry ginger ale has increased in sweetness over the years.)
Canada Cool
Ottawa Dry
Maple Dry

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Vector This breakfast cereal is considered a complete meal in a bowl. Do you know what you should be looking for in the cereal aisle?
Weetabix
Vector
Unlike other breakfast cereals, Vector cereal is heavily advertised as a meal replacement (especially for athletes.) The cereal contains a higher-than-average amount of protein per serving as well as significant quantities of dietary fibre and iron.
Lucky Charms
Frosted Flakes

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Chocolate chip cookies These cookies are so prolific you get a free bag when you sign up for a bank account with President's Choice. What kind of cookies are they?
Shortbread cookies
Peanut butter cookies
Chocolate chip cookies
If you've ever had the pleasure of eating a President's Choice The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie, you can understand why the product is so popular! 39% of cookies' weight consists entirely of chocolate chips — about double the weight of the chocolate in cookies made by PC's main competitors.
Jam cookies

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Liberté Méditerranée Which brand of decadent yogurt includes flavours such as dulce de leche and mocha?
Liberté Méditerranée
Liberté Méditerranée is a treat for anyone who loves yogurt. Made from a combination of milk and cream, this line of ultra-rich dessert yogurt is an indulgent dairy product that comes in many flavours, including black cherry, coconut, caramel and lemon.
Astro
Olympic
Yoplait

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Timbits Technically they're donut holes, but Canadians call them something else. What is this statement referring to?
Crullers
Bear paws
Timbits
Timbits are a play on the word "tidbits," and if you're a fan of Tim Hortons, you know that it's impossible to leave the restaurant without snacking on at least one (or several) of these fried donut holes.
Fritters

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Rolo The candy in the image above features individual chocolates filled with caramel. Do you know the name of this product?
Rolo
Is there anything better than a tube of Rolo chocolates? In Canada, Nestlé manufactures the caramel-filled treat. Rolo superfans can also find the candy mixed into ice cream, frozen yogurt and milkshakes.
Hershey's Kisses
Cadbury Creme Egg
Snickers

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Weetabix Can you guess which wheat-based breakfast cereal can be served hot or cold?
Weetabix
Weetabix is a biscuit-shaped breakfast cereal that comes in packets of two. The cereal is especially popular in the United Kingdom but remains a hit in Canada where it's enjoyed with milk — hot or cold — and a light dusting of brown sugar.
Shreddies
Alphabits
Sugar Crisp

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Glosette Are you able to identify the dried fruit-filled movie snack shown above?
Maltesers
Trail mix
Glosette
It doesn't feel like a trip to the movies unless a purple box of glossy Glosette chocolate-covered raisins is involved! If you hate raisins, don't despair, the Glosette brand also includes chocolate-covered almonds and peanuts.
Rolos

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Poutine Do you know the name of Canada's official dish (and late-night snack food)?
Poutine
Is there anything better than hand-cut fries, cheese curds (preferably from Quebec), and a heavy drizzle of brown gravy? Not in Canada, anyway. The best gravy is made from a combination of beef and chicken stock and a generous amount of salt and pepper.
French fries
Cheese curds
Chips and gravy

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