Everyone knows that the Swiss make the best chocolates and the Turkish make the best delights, but what is it really like to walk into a gas station or grocery store in another country and pick out a bar of candy? Thanks to online distributors like http://www.cybercandy.co.uk/, even homebodies can explore the confectionary wonders of other countries, but with such an abundance of choices it can still be hard to decide what to order first.
So, to make a least one decision a little easier, we’ve chosen Canada for our first sugar-binge. Why? northern climate (and everyone knows that those countries north of the equator produce the best sweets!), they need those extra doses of sugar-high to get them through their long winters, and they have the added benefit of being relatively under-explored by the rest of the world, so anything delicious we discover is even more likely to be a surprise!Well, Canada has the benefit of being a
Here’s a top five list of the best Canadian candies you’ve never heard of:
Not just a Canadian chocolate bar, the Aero bar (courtesy of Nestlé) is widely available throughout the rest of the world and actually originated in the UK. It is included here because it is a popular bar in Canada and because they’re manufactured there.
Still wondering what an Aero tastes like? Well, there’s more than one flavor—including mint, caramel, and dark chocolate—but the original is milk chocolate through and through and consists of air bubbles. Ever drink a hot cocoa on a really cold day and then take a big gulp of air? Eating an Aero is a lot like that.
4. Coffee Crisp Bar
Another Nestlé delight, this candy bar has a nice mellow coffee flavor, and the crunch of a Kit Kat. What more could someone want out of a bar of candy?
Originally called the Biscrisp, the Coffee Crisp incorporated coffee flavor into an already popular line of crisp candies. The Biscrisp out of the UK, but the Coffee Crisp is a purely Canadian concoction. It’s also available in Australia and near the Canadian border, but otherwise—outside of Canada—it’s a hard to find treat.
Strangely addictive and entirely unlike their well known American counterparts by the same name, Canadian Smarties have been described (mostly aptly, we think) as tasting a lot like bulk or generic M&M imitations. Namely: a candy shell with chocolate inside. But M&M’s are creamy and sweet whereas Smarties have a thicker shell and a alluring cardboard flavor.
2. Big Turk
This cutely named confection is also of Nestlé Canada (a company that in no way sponsored this list, despite appearances). It’s got pink filling, is coated in milk chocolate and is supposed to be less fattening than the typical bar. We still like it, even if it’s good for us.
1. Mr. Big
The big winner of the list is—finally—not a product of Nestlé, but of Cadbury instead. The Mr. Big
bar is so large we’re surprised it’s not an American candy. It is Cadbury’s most enormous bar. Mr. Chew Big, Mr. Big Fudge, and Mr. Big with maple are just three of the delicious varieties that we can’t wait to choose from.