Canada has many wonders exclusive to our borders. From Roots Clothing to bagged milk, we certainly have our own thing going on up here in the North.
Of course, some of these items are sold around the world with different branding to back up their authenticity, but there really is nothing like something made in Canada
Here is a list of 20 things you will only see in Canada:
1. Bagged Milk
As a girl who grew up on the west coast, I only recently learnt about bagged milk, since it's more popular in Ontario. I still think this is a strange concept. Though you might find it internationally, it's definitely iconic of eastern Canada.
2. Lays Ketchup Chips
We really like our ketchup chips up here.
A classic Canadian carnival treat, beavertails are deep-fried dough covered in all the warm, chocolatey goodness you can dream of.
4. Coffee Crisp
Crispy vanilla wafer and foamy coffee-flavoured chocolate. We like coffee so much, we have made it into food. It's so popular that the trend's heading south. You can find these chocolate bars at a lot of spots bordering the United States.
Let's get really real here for a second. A Bloody Mary is not a Caesar. First of all, Clamato and tomato juice are totally different (one has clam juice in it). And, last time I checked, I could get an entire meal in my Caesar. It doesn't get better than that.
6. Real Maple Syrup
None of this Aunt Jemima's fakery. Real Canadian maple syrup seems to be the one thing my American friends would do anything for.
7. Kinder Surprises with a toy inside
You can get a Kinder Surprise egg in the United States, but you will be extremely disappointed when you bust open the tiny chocolate shell and there is no toy. It was deemed a safety concern (choking) so the toys were banned.
To Americans, what we called Rockets, are referred to as Smarties. Clearly wrong, since Smarties are iconic of candy-coated chocolate and are only available up here.
9. Roots Clothing
The most Canadian of all clothing companies. This Canada-proud company grew so popular that it began trending south of the border.
10. Bits and Bites
Who knew that a cereal and pretzel snack mix could be so exclusive. Technically you could just make your own mix but it's the brand that you can't get elsewhere.
Chocolate fudge cookies with chocolate icing inside, these tasty snacks are brought to you by Christie Cookie Company. Exclusive to Canada (unless you shop online) these delicious treats are like snack heaven.
13. Purdys Chocolate
A whole chocolate company is exclusive to Canada. I think that's pretty special. For Americans who want to take part in this trend, Purdys has an online shop, too.
14. Nanaimo bars
B.C.'s favourite handheld dessert consisting of a wafer, chocolate, and custard. These sugary treats were made famous in the city of (you guessed it) Nanaimo, B.C. on Vancouver Island.
15. Bay Blanket
Since The Bay is a historically Canadian company you won't see any stores outside of Canada selling the original infamous Bay Blanket.
16. Ruffles All Dressed chips
These are basically the best chips out there, so let just keep these to ourselves forever.
17. Molson Canadian
You can buy Molson beer outside of Canada but they call it "Molson Export" which is obviously not the same.
18. Red River Cereal
A super-traditional cereal, Red River was actually discontinued in the United States. In Canada, this cereal created in Manitoba in 1924 is still enjoyed to this day.
19. Chapman's Ice Cream
Canada's largest independent ice cream manufacturer. They have over 280 products and they are all exclusive to Canada.
Although this snack was discontinued back in 2018, there's talk of them returning to shelves. Fingers crossed since this iconic snack made lunchtime recess something special.