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.
Even the chocolate and chips that might seem the same often have different recipes from one country to the other. So the junk food available in both Canada and the U.S. is simply not created equal, and we've got all the better renditions (if you ask us).
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 is known in Canada as Rockets.
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 chewy compared to the Canadian Caramilk bar.
The Crunchie bar was also created by Cadbury Canada and is not available to our southern neighbours. In fact, there is no toffee-flavoured, honeycomb-centred chocolate bar at all in the States. What a shame.
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 more seriously. It is now impossible to find a Kinder Surprise egg in America.
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!
President's Choice ice cream
No shortage of creative flavours and perfect for any sweet tooth.
President's Choice chips
Step up your chip game, America!
It was briefly made available in the States back in the '80s, but now, Aero is all ours!
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 other largely unpopular chip flavours means there hasn't been much demand for exporting Hostess chips, and therefore, no one outside of Canada is distributing this special snack.
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!
The Montreal bagel is smaller, sweeter, denser, and made only in Canada!
KitKat is produced by Nestle in Canada and by Hershey in America, with slightly different recipes. Guess whose is better?
Born in Nova Scotia, this sweet, hard toffee is made by Nestle and only distributed in Canada.
Available as a limited-time product in the States, but a regularly available and massively popular flavour in Canada.
It's just called Kraft Mac & 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.
The snack was invented after the Second World War and continues to be sold across Canada.
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!
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.
A Nanaimo bar is a classic Canadian recipe and cannot be found anywhere in the States!
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.
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 cake that trumps any cupcake on the block.
America's rendition is the Milky Way bar, but it is less creamy and sweet than the Canadian Mars bar.
Okay, this one isn't a massive surprise. There is no American attempt at our insanely delicious, hand-stretched pastries topped with brown sugar and whatever else your heart desires, and I think that sanctions bragging rights.
Ruffles All-Dressed Chips
Every delicious chip flavour combined. Americans tend to be jealous of this Canadian commodity and always seem to grab a few bags while they're here.
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!
These sweet, buttery, flaky tarts are a quintessential Canadian dessert, and can't be found anywhere else!
This chocolate-covered peanut flake once was available in the U.S. but has since been discontinued. More for us!
Last but not least, our national pride and joy — fries, cheese and gravy! A delicacy most Canadians can't live without is one that Americans won't find beyond border towns (and even then, can it really be called poutine?) 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.
This article has been updated since it was originally published on November 29, 2020.