I've got a lot of ties to our neighbors up north, so many that often times I'm associated as being Canadian myself. I frequent the beautiful land often, and when I'm in the states, I'm in the homes of Canadian families. They spoil me with their nationally exclusive foods, which I want to share with you.

Tim Horton's

Tim Horton's is a doughnut/coffee/sandwich chain that has become a cultural fixture. While nothing about Timmy's is outrageously awe-inspiring, it is a staple that epitomizes a country, and hooks you up with cheap breakfast. There are some Tim Horton's stores in the states, but all are on the east coast.

Gummy Candy Extravaganza

In the United States, Jujube is a specific type of gummy candy. In Canada, they use Jujube to describe all gummy candies. Gummy candy everywhere. Just ran out, eh? Don't worry about it, literally every convenience store has gummy candy in bulk.

Kindereggs

A fond commodity of children and adults alike, the Kinderegg is more famous for being illegal in the United States. Any smuggling of candies with a hidden prize inside is punishable with a $2,500 fine per egg. I brought back eight Kindereggs last time. Kindereggs delight me with their hollowed out milk chocolate housing a rattling prize. It's one of those easy stocking stuffers if you're Canadian.

Hawkins Cheezies

The Canadian's far superior rendition of the cheddar cheese puffed chip. (Cheetos). Hell, even their actual Cheetos are better than the ones down here. Different food regulations, yadda-yadda-yadda. The Hawkins Cheezie is much more sharper, and crunchier with more substance. In their own words "What can be more Canadian than aged cheddar cheese? Hawkins Cheezies proudly owns that right." You have to try these when you're in the "neighbourhood", hey.

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