Canada is full of foods that make us proud to call this country home. There are some more obvious Canadian foods like poutine and maple syrup. A sometimes underrated Canadian treat is butter tarts, which also originated from Canada. A recent post on Reddit sparked a discussion the clarified that Canadians agree that butter tarts are a national treasure and that Ontario has the best ones.
Butter tarts are a Canadian-must. The tart pastry consists of a filling of butter, eggs, brown sugar, and, normally, raisins. If you've never tried one, you are missing out and it's time to head on over to your local bakery today to get your hands on this national treasure that Canadians can't stop raving about.
It all started with a Reddit Canada post that stated how butter tarts are Canadian. This post went viral and led to over 4,200 upvotes and hundreds of comments. People are now sharing their love for butter tarts on the Reddit thread.
The dish actually first originated from Ontario. The first known recipe for a butter tart was in a cookbook by the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Woman’s Auxiliary in Barrie, Ontario over 100 years ago in 1900, according to Muskoka Region.
Not only did it originate from Ontario, but the province even holds huge annual events for butter tarts and they are the biggest in all of the country. Yes, a butter tart festival is a real thing you can go to in Canada – we couldn't be more proud to be Canadian.
Every year, the "Best Butter Tart Festival" is held in Midland, Ontario. It is the biggest butter tart festival in all of Canada, according to the event's website. A whopping 65,000 people attended the festival last year in 2018, and this year it will be held on June 8, 2019, in downtown Midland. You can find out more information about the festival on their website.
Need more proof that the best ones in the country are in Ontario? Canadians are also saying on Reddit Canada that you can find the best butter tarts in the province. Check out their recommendations for where to get the most amazing butter tarts in Canada, and pretty much all of the suggestions are for Ontario.
It's clear that Canadians agree that butter tarts a true national treasure. If you want to indulge in this iconic dish and make your own butter tarts at home, the Food Network has 26 "Great Canadian" butter tart recipes on their website.