June 29th, 2017

An Ode to Quintessentially Canadian Snacks

As Canadians, we are pretty darn proud of our culinary contributions to the world. We’re the nation that created poutine, Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, and maple syrup, so yeah, we take our food pretty seriously. Snacking is no different. What follows is an ode to these Quintessentially Canadian Snacks. Happy Canada Day!

  1. Old Dutch Ketchup Chips

    Is there anything more satisfying than polishing off a mini (or standard) bag of these almost too-red chips? Bonus, the stains on your fingers last for as long as the memory of that undefinably zingy and salty faux-ketchup taste.

  2. Hawkins Cheezies

    A texture unlike any other cheez-infused snack food on the market. A bold, in-your-face flavour that says: “I dare you to question my origin”. A crunch that can be heard for miles. Hawkins Cheezies are one of a kind and quintessentially Canadian.

  3. Smarties

    The hard candy shell on a Smarties offering is superior to the candy shell on an M&Ms. Phew. Someone finally said it. These truly snackable treats are ideal constituents of a homemade, not very healthy trail mix.

  4. Ruffles All-Dressed Chips

    The existence of these chips demonstrates the principle that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. And greater, it is. The tang and zip of these vibrantly orange ridged chips keep Canadians coming back for just one more handful, until the bag holds nothing but fond, salty memories.

  5. Nestle Coffee Crisp Chocolate Bar

    Lighter-than-air wafer surrounded by a cloud of coffee-flavoured cream makes the Coffee Crisp a delight to eat. Pro tip, for the best chocolate-to-filling ratio, go for the fun size.

  6. Crispers

    A very hard, but somehow also crumbly biscuit base cut into a unique geometric form that can only be described as a wavy square. These Christie brand crackers offer a pleasurable snap when eating, and come in quintessentially Canadian chip flavours like Ketchup, All-Dressed, and Salt & Vinegar.

As you prepare to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary, consider adding a quintessentially Canadian snack food to your barbecue spread, and remember that part of what makes Canada great is how strange we all are. Happy Canada Day!



October 20th, 2016

5 All-Time Favourite Halloween Treats

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What was—or is—your all-time favourite Halloween treat?

You might be able to tell simply by paying attention to what you buy this year, since a good portion of adults actually choose the treats they hand out based on their personal favourites. (We don’t, after all, want to be left eating treats we don’t like, should the little ones not show up, right?)

Or check out our list below to jog your memory. And if we haven’t included one of your all-time faves, just let us know!

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October 7th, 2014

Lindt Chocolate Recipes

Lindt’s Swiss Classic 300g Gold Bar will be part of the Foods of Europe promotion at London Drugs from October 10-22, 2014, so we thought it would be nice to include recipes that use this delectable chocolate.

All these recipes have been created in the Lindt kitchen and introduce a new spin on an old favourite.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

For everyone who loves chocolate in their peanut butter and vice versa.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (114g) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (130g) chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (90g) light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup (150g) flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 200g Lindt Swiss Classic Surfin, chopped into chunks

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Combine the butter, peanut butter, sugars and cream together.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Combine the dry ingredients and add to the butter mixture.
  • Stir in the chopped chocolate.
  • Drop cookies by the teaspoonful onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10–12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Yield:Approx. 3 dozen cookies

Recipe by Master Chocolatier Ann Czaja

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October 3rd, 2014

Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Flavours

image1I’ve discovered a lot of fantastic products in my years as Trend Watch writer, but my discovery of Green & Black’s Organic chocolate is one of my favourites. I’ve long been a fan of good chocolate, and this line direct from England is the world’s leader in organic and Fair Trade chocolate.

Recently I was invited to a wonderful event to celebrate this line, and share an exciting announcement. Just in time for the holiday season, they’ve added two NEW members to its Canadian family of premium chocolate bars with the launch of Sea Salt and Burnt Toffee.

The Sea Salt bar is something very, very special. I love the combination of salt and chocolate, but sometimes find the actual flakes of salt on top of the sweetness a little off-putting. This bar has delicate flakes of sea salt blended right into the creamy milk chocolate bar, resulting in a perfect mix of sweet and salty.

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August 13th, 2012

Sugar-free options at London Drugs

Things just got a little easier for those looking for sugar-free options.

A few years ago, a friend suggested I try a sugar-free chocolate bar. She had been changing her eating habits, and found the sugar-free chocolate bars were a great treat that didn’t interfere with her weight loss efforts. To find them, though, you had to go to the pharmacy and find the diabetic products. I almost felt bad, like I was buying something that I shouldn’t. But I have to say, they are a decent alternative to regular chocolate bars.

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