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famous Canadian Foods

4 famous Canadian Foods

4 famous Canadian Foods

For most Canadians, what qualifies as our “national” cuisine is a little mysterious. But our provinces and territories do share a love of some distinctive foods that originated from inside our borders. Here are 10 that make us proud to be Canadian.


A satisfying quick bread steeped in Canadian history, basic bannock is flour, water and butter (or lard) that is shaped into a disc and baked, fried or cooked over a fire until golden. It may have come with Scottish fur traders in the 18th century, or a First Nations version made of corn, nuts and starchy roots could influenced European settlers, who changed the recipe to include wheat flour. Either way, this easy-to-make bread sustained families and travellers alike through the harsh winter months and is still enjoyed across our great land today.Try it: Pull-Apart Bannock Brea

Nanaimo Bars

There are as many origin stories for these three-layer bars as there are recipe variations. One thing is for sure, though: Nanaimo bars are named after the city in British Columbia. The creamy, custardy centre is what sets Nanaimo bars apart from the buttercream-filled New York slice—both have a smooth chocolate topping and a rich graham cracker crust. You can personalize any of the layers or turn the bars into a completely different dessert, but their B.C. heritage still shines through.Try it: Combine the flavours of a Nanaimo bar and a Coffee Crisp ® chocolate bar, and you have our super delicious Nanaimo Coffee Crisp ® Cake.

Maple Syrup

Canada produces 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup, so we reign supreme when it comes to this sweet treat. We love it so much that we even made the sugar maple our national tree! Luckily for us, it is a versatile ingredient—you can add a touch of maple goodness to just about any dish you can imagine, from salads to cakes to roasts. Learn how Canada’s liquid gold goes from tree to table in our article.Try it: Roasted Maple Salmon & Brussels Sprouts

Saskatoon Berries

The city of Saskatoon was named after these abundant summer berries—not the other way around! Saskatoons were a main ingredient in pemmican, a dried-meat dish that historically nourished First Nations peoples, voyageurs and explorers through the freezing winter months. Sweet and juicy with an almond-like flavour, they are related to apples and continue to ripen once picked. Swap fresh or frozen saskatoons for blueberries in any recipe.Try it: Replace blueberries with saskatoon berries in our Blueberry Grunt.


A proud Calgary invention, the Caesar was the brainchild of Italian-born bartender Walter Chell. Legend has it that in 1969, Chell adapted his beloved pasta with clam sauce into this zesty tomato-clam juice cocktail spiked with vodka. The Caesar immediately became hot, hot, hot nationwide—and now it’s often called Canada’s national cocktail. Today’s Caesars are sometimes crowned with over-the-top garnishes, such as spring rolls or lobster tails.Try it: Ultimate Canadian Caesar

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