Butter Tarts: It’s true! Butter tarts are Canadian. These oozing with sugary sweetness holiday treats date back to the early 17th Century. The original recipe (which I will share near the upcoming holiday season) contained currants. Contemporary cooks sometimes add pecans or raisins to theirs but it’s safe to say they’d all satisfy the most discerning sweet tooth.
Beaver Tails: Even Barack Obama stopped for one when he visited our capital in 2009! The Ottawa-based company came up with the idea of hand stretching pastry into the shape of beaver tails and frying them back in 1978. And they’re still going strong. In Vancouver, you can find these treats at the PNE. I like mine topped with cinnamon sugar!
Nanaimo Bars: A bake sale staple. And it’s no wonder. These ultra-sweet bars – with their wafer-crumb base, custard flavoured centre and chocolate topping – are as popular as ever. Although their origin has been contested we Canadians know they originated in Nanaimo!
Figgy Duff: There are many variations of this Newfoundland boiled pudding, but most contain flour, butter, sugar, molasses and raisins. Coincidentally, figgy duff bears a striking resemblance to another of the world’s funniest-named sweets, the British spotted dick.
Saskatoon Berry Pie: Many a Prairie native has childhood memories of double-crusted pies brimming with Saskatoon berries. And even though the shrubs that bear them are grown from western Ontario to British Columbia and the Yukon, they’re especially dear to the people who live in the city that shares the berry’s name.
Maple Syrup: Was first collected by Aboriginal peoples of North America and is now praised around the world. Canada can lay claim to it because we produce a whopping 85% of the world’s supply.
Adapted from this article.