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34 Popular Canadian Snacks That You Can't Buy In The United States

Got a snack attack, eh?

Although you probably don't need to be further convinced that Canada is the best country in the world, this list will definitely give you another reason to believe it. As it turns out, there are a lot of incredible treats available in Canada that Americans just don't have the same access to.

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For starters, the British import ban in the States means that they are not receiving a lot of the good sweet stuff we are.

Secondly, Canadian chocolate recipes are explicitly designed for the 'Canadian palate' which happens to mean sweeter, smoother, and creamier products. So even the chocolate bars that are available in both Canada and America are not the same- and we've got all the better renditions.

Lastly, Canada is home to some exclusive treats beyond the world of chocolate that American manufacturers haven't even dared to dabble or compete with. Check them out below!

1. Smarties

That's right, these colourful candy-coated chocolates are not available in the States. Americans have instead decided to anoint the name 'Smarties' to what are known in Canada as Rockets.


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2. Caramilk

The Caramilk Bar was created by Cadbury Canada and is still produced exclusively in Toronto. The American take on this classic is called 'Caramello' and is less sweet and chewier than the Canadian Caramilk bar.


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3. Crunchie

The Crunchie bar was also created by Cadbury Canada and is not available in America. In fact, there is no toffee-flavoured honeycomb-centred chocolate bar at all in the States. Shame.


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4. Kinder Surprise

The delicious kinder chocolate egg was created by Italy's Ferrero chocolate company in the 1970s and has since been exported worldwide. Although the U.S. has been a Kinder Surprise distributor since the beginning, they have recently begun to take their 1938 ban against candies with embedded toys law more seriously. It is now impossible to find a Kinder Surprise egg in America.

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5. Kraft Peanut Butter

Although Kraft is an American company, their PB is not made available in the States for whatever reason. Perhaps not to compete with leading brands Jif and Skippy, although any Canadian peanut butter lover can attest to the fact that Kraft peanut butter is the best of its kind!


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6. President's Choice brand ice cream

Creative flavours galore!


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7. ... and PC brand Chips

Step up your chip game, America!


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8. Aero

It was briefly made available in the States back in the 80s, but now it's all ours!


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9. Hickory Sticks

Owned and produced by Canadian company Hostess Potato Chips, these guys have been a long-standing favourite in Canada. However, the brand's lack of competitive spirit and largely unpopular other chip flavours means that there hasn't been much demand for exporting Hostess chips, and therefore no one outside of Canada is distributing this special snack.


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10. Coffee Crisp

Coffee Crisp was an independent Canadian product until Nestle Canada started marketing the chocolate bar under their brand in 2014. You still can't get them in the States though!


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11. Big Turk

Turkish Delight, in chocolate bar form. Get on our level, America.


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12. Montreal style bagels

The Montreal bagel is smaller, sweeter, denser, and made only in Canada!

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13. Yorkie

It's NOT for Americans!


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14. KitKat

KitKat is produced by Nestle in Canada and by Hershey in America with slightly different recipes. Guess whose is better?


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15. Mackintosh "MACK" Toffee

Sweet, hard toffee by Nestle and only distributed in Canada.


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16. Dill Pickle chips

Available as a limited-time product in the States, but a regularly available and massively popular flavour in Canada.


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17. Kraft Dinner

It's just called Kraft's Macaroni and Cheese in America. It's no fun if you can't call it 'KD'! Also, it apparently contains real cheese, but a true Canadian would never trade the pack of neon powder for anything else.


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18. Sweet Marie

Cadbury's Sweet Marie bar is massively underrated. It's like Mr. Big, but with peanut butter. Can't find these in America!


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19. Tim Bits

Probably the most delicious sweet treat Canada has to offer. These delectable donut holes are exclusive to Timmies, AKA Canada's corporate pride & joy.


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20. Swiss Chalet Sauce

Not exactly a snack, but sauces are within the realm of food. And Canadians, you need to know how lucky you are. Chalet sauce is THE most epic dipping sauce on the planet and has done wonders for rotisserie chicken and french fries alike. And American Swiss Chalet restaurants don't offer it at all!


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21. Mr. Big

Cadbury Canada, back at it again! Mr. Big, the largest chocolate bar on the market calls Canada its home and has not yet graced America's convenience stores.


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22. Nanaimo Bars

These delectable desserts are a Canadian recipe and cannot be found anywhere in the States!


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22. Wunderbar

Americans only have Butterfinger, which is like Wunderbar's less-hot cousin. Yes, I just described a chocolate bar as hot. No, I don't regret it.


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24. Lay's Ketchup Chips

A Canadian chip staple and American rarity. 


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25. Maltesers

Born in England and exported to everywhere but America. Y'all are really missing out when it comes to these!


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26. Jos Louis

Decades before Americans made a big deal out of red velvet cake in the early 2010s, Canadians were eating red velvet snack cakes out of wrappers. Americans can go ahead and spend 8 bucks on a gourmet cupcake, we'll always opt for the Jos Louis, the delicious and cheap snack cakes that trump any cupcake on the block.


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27. Mars Bar

America's rendition is the Milky Way bar, but it is less creamy and sweet than the Canadian Mars bar.


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28. Beaver Tails

Okay, this one isn't a massive surprise. There is no American take attempt at our insanely delicious, hand-stretched pastries topped with chocolate hazelnut spread and whatever else your heart desires, and I think that sanctions bragging rights.


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29. Ruffle's All-Dressed chips

Every delicious chip flavour combined. Americans tend to be jealous of this Canadian commodity, and always grab a few bags while they're here.


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30. Crush Cream Soda

Owned and distributed by American company PepsiCo, but only available in Canada for whatever reason. We're confused, but definitely not complaining!


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31. Butter Tarts

These sweet, buttery, flaky tarts are a quintessential Canadian dessert, and can't be found anywhere else!


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32. Canada Dry Ginger Ale

No other ginger-ale brand will suffice when you're sick!


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34. Crispy Crunch

This chocolate-covered peanut flake once was available in the U.S., but has since been discontinued. More for us!


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34. Poutine

Last but not least, our national pride and joy: POUTINE! A delicacy most Canadians can't live without is one that Americans don't have access to. To our American readers, if any of the aforementioned haven't convinced you to pay us a visit, I'm telling you, the poutine is worth crossing the border.


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