Who in Canada is not addicted to American snacks. That tasty, greasy, and artery-clogging goodness is only available in the U.S., but not here.
However, our nation is blessed with various snacks that can only be enjoyed in our beloved country. In this article, we will be exploring American snacks that are not available in Canada.
1. Peanut Butter and Banana Bites
Peanut butter and banana bites are something Canada is privileged to only in America. These peanut butter-covered banana balls are enjoyed by many as food on the go.
You can grab some of these at a gas station, 7-11, or grocery store, but if you can imagine the joy of a McDonald’s Peanut Butter and Banana Bite combo platter, you are one lucky Canadian.
2. Chicken and Waffle Sandwich
The Chicken and Waffle Sandwich is a meal fit for a king. This American treasure is something that Canadians like myself can only dream of being able to enjoy. A chicken breast cut into fingers, battered, and deep-fried in a sweet waffle butter that sticks together.
The sandwich is then topped with gravy for the maximum taste sensation. Canadians love chicken fingers and waffles, but it’s something about how the Americans combine the two that make it worthwhile.
3. Barbecue Chicken Sliders
Americans love their barbeque, yet we can’t celebrate this in Canada. We must be content with what we have—chicken fingers and burgers. This pleasure is only available by making our barbecue chicken sliders at home.
Of course, if you do get the right recipe and make your BBQ chicken–named ‘Offals’–you will probably have very little left over to eat as a snack.
4. Potato and Bacon Cheddar Cheese Soup
This snack is a favorite among many Canadians, but it’s only available on the American side of the border. The ingredients for this soup are simple: potatoes and bacon.
The creaminess is what makes this soup so special and Canadian. The addition of cheese and sour cream gives it an extra kick that Canadians can’t get enough of.
5. Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This is a popular American snack, but it is only available to the Yanks and Canadians in the U.S. A simple sandwich with cheddar cheese and bacon details makes this a delicious snack that Canadians love.
It is cooked on a panini press, making it extra crispy, buttery, and gooey around the edges. This is a treat that we can only dream of being able to indulge in.
6. French Fry Pizza
This snack is something our Canadian pizza-loving hearts can’t get enough of, but it’s only available in American restaurants.
The best part about this pizza is not the combination of French fries and cheese, but the way it is prepared; baked with cheese on top and frozen so that when you cut it into squares, the cheese acts as a glue to hold all the toppings together. The tasty toppings are then baked until all the cheese is melted.
7. Kettle Potato Chips
Canadians love to eat potato chips, but no Canadian has ever been able to enjoy the unique chip that Americans enjoy.
That is not to say we don’t love our chips, but a different kind of chip with a hint of cheddar cheese and onion skins is something that we find finger-licking good but is not available in Canada.
8. Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
This one is no secret; who doesn’t love a cheesy, gooey mozzarella stick? Yes, we have something similar at home, but American-made mozzarella sticks are what every Canadian misses out on.
9. Watermelon Candy
Two common snacks for a Canadian are dried fruit and sour candy. A watermelon candy is a sour candy made from the outer layer of watermelon.
It has a sweet taste and is something you would find in an American candy store or at the checkout counter of any Canadian grocery store that sells ice cream and frozen foods.
10. Ice Cream Sandwich
Who doesn’t love ice cream? If you are in Canada, you know that there is nothing more satisfying than this cool treat. When it comes to Canadian ice cream sandwiches, the only problem is that they don’t have the same appeal as the American-made ones.
A Canadian ice cream sandwich is just a boring white bread sandwich with vanilla and chocolate ice cream inside.
The American ice cream sandwich is a hot dog bun with a layer of cream cheese on the outside. This extra layer gives an extra flavor to the ice cream. That’s what we Canadians miss.
11. Cajun and Garlic Flavoured Popcorn
This is a special treat Americans must have; it is only accessible in America. The tiniest, crispiest, and freshest popcorn you will ever eat. This snack is not for the faint-hearted.
When we Canadians look at the popcorn available in local grocery stores, the smell of garlic and cajun spices fills our nostrils. The sad part about this snack is that you can’t even buy it on the Canadian side.
12. BBQ Chicken Pizza
This special treat is only available to Americans and Canadians in America. It’s a pizza crust covered with chicken and BBQ sauce, then topped with mozzarella cheese sticks, bacon, and chives. The name says it all.
A Canadian might be able to make this at home. Still, we won’t be able to get our hands on the delicious taste of an American BBQ chicken pizza unless our parents are traveling across the border to visit family and friends.
13. Salted Caramel Ice Cream Bar
If you love ice cream and caramel, you will enjoy this American treat’s taste. The salted caramel bars are frozen chocolate bars with a layer of salted caramel added on the outside.
The way the salt complements the creamy caramel is something we can only dream about in Canada. This is a treat available to Americans and Canadians living in the United States.
In essence, the above are only a few of the hundreds of American foods that are exclusive to Americans and Canadians who live south of the border.