1. First things first, we need to talk about poutine.
French fries + cheese curd + brown gravy. But hey, if you want to add bacon or other meats, go ahead. It’s still poutine and you can’t lose.
2. Poutine goes with many things in Canada, but it’s best as a side to the glorious Montreal smoked meat sandwich.
It’s a lot like the pastrami sandwiches you’ll find in New York City delis, but spiced a little differently.
3. And of course, since Montreal’s Jewish immigrants have their own spin on pastrami, they have their own distinct style of bagels too.
Montreal-style bagels are smaller, denser, and sweeter than New York bagels, and are most commonly found topped with sesame or poppy seeds.
4. This is peameal bacon, which is basically pork loin pickled in brine then rolled in cornmeal.
It’s a million times better than the “Canadian bacon” you’ll find in the states.
5. You definitely need to try a Nanaimo bar, which is one of the most common desserts in Canada.
There are a lot of variations in recipe, but the bars are usually made of chocolate ganache, vanilla custard, and crushed cookies. Here’s a recipe.
6. This is bannock, which is basically a type of griddled bread…
Here’s a recipe for a quick and easy bannock you can make while camping.
7. …and they’re incredibly versatile.
Here they’re topped with icing and sugar like doughnuts.
8. You can pretty much use bannock instead of bread in anything. Here are some bannock dogs…
10. This is tourtière, a traditional Quebecois meat pie that’s usually made with beef, pork, or veal.
There are a lot of variations in recipe, but here’s a recipe for one made with pork.
11. Most Americans will never know the greatness of all dressed potato chips.
It’s kinda like the potato chip flavor equivalent of an everything bagel.
12. And you might be able to find ketchup chips some places in the U.S., but it’s really a Canadian thing.
13. There are also Hickory Sticks, which are unquestionably the best “simulated potato sticks” on the market.
14. No one can top the creative flavors of President’s Choice brand potato chips.
Hot dog, feta, and Moroccan spice are just the beginning.
16. The maple leaf on the flag is no joke. In Canada, it’s ALL MAPLE EVERYTHING.
17. And of course there’s maple candy-coated bacon.
Why would there not be?
18. Canadian Smarties are totally different from the candy called Smarties in the United States.
They’re pretty similar to M&M’s.
19. There’s also Coffee Crisp, a candy bar that’s kinda like a big, thick, mocha Kit-Kat.
Also, shout out to Crunchies, Aeros, Mr. Bigs, Eat-Mores, Wunderbars, and Maltesers.
20. Good luck finding a can of Crush pink cream soda outside of Canada.
They’re hoarding all of it.
21. If you’ve never been to a Tim Hortons, you MUST GO to a Tim Hortons.
22. Tim Hortons is the home of the Canadian maple doughnut, which is perhaps the most perfect doughnut known to mankind.
It’s basically a Boston cream doughnut, but with maple icing instead of chocolate icing. It’s like a pancake filled with vanilla pudding, and pure genius.
23. And if you want to mix and match your doughnut varieties, the obvious solution is to get a big box of bite-sized Timbits.
Just pour them into your mouth.
24. And last but not least, there’s Kraft Dinner.
Americans call it “macaroni and cheese.”
25. Even when it’s not technically “Kraft Dinner.”
It’s all Kraft Dinner.