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Best Treats from Canada 

Canada is a North American country famous for its cultural diversity. While very diverse in culture, Canada offers many unique cuisines and snacks. The following are five of the most famous and well-loved treats you can find in Canada:

Jos Louis
Jos Louis is Canada’s most famous confection. On the outside, it looks quite simple – a snack fully covered in milky chocolate. But when you take your first bite and look inside, there’s a whole new world. It is actually made up of two red velvet cakes with creamy filling in between. It was first created in 1932 and was named after two brothers, Joseph and Louis. Once you eat this sweet, you’ll want endless packets of them. This iconic treat got so famous that a giant Jos Louis cake has been created from its likeness. It’s packed with a creamy marshmallow puree filling which also tastes incredible!

Timbits
Timbits is another Canada-based brand that sells bite-sized fried dough confectionery. The very well-known company Tim Horton launched Timbits in 2009 and this snack has been loved in Canada ever since. They are available in several flavors and colors. The next time you find yourself looking for Canadian treats, these mouth watering donuts are well worth a try!

Caesar
Caesar is another best-selling treat of Canada. It is a simple, yet unique cocktail comprised of tomatoes and many other strange garnishes and ingredients. Canadians love this beverage–they suggest it’s quite refreshing. Other than tomatoes, it may contain hot sauce, vodka and Worcestershire sauce. It tastes best when chilled with ice cubes. It is garnished with different things – mini burgers, bagel or even sometimes smoked meat. It is a unique and special beverage, and it definitely needs to be tried least once!

Butter Tarts
Another sweet Canda has to offer you are Butter Tarts. They are a staple in Canadian culture. They’re sweet, soft, buttery and gooey. This pastry has a flaky exterior and a sugary, buttery filling. For the garnishing, they mostly add walnuts – or raisins. This is another terrific recipe taking its initiative from Canada. And do not confuse these tarts with butter pie or bread and butter pudding. This is something entirely different – the quintessential dessert of Canada.

Poutine
Who doesn’t like French fries? And who doesn’t love cheese? This dish from Canadian cuisine contains BOTH! It is heavenly and savory, and you will never get enough of it. French fries and cheese curds are topped with light brown gravy. In Canada, it is usually sold in a small, greasy-spoon diner. It is served hot. Sometimes, beef or pork based gravy may also be used. But mostly, thin chicken, veal or turkey is used to make the brown, delicious gravy. As for vegetarians, they also serve vegetable gravies in different restaurants.

In addition to these, there are several other treats and fast food originating in Canada. But these are the top five – everyone worships these.

Best Treats from Nigeria

Do you wish to learn about delicious, international snacks which can comprise of a rich selection
of herbs and spices? How about snacks that can surround you with an aromatic, market-side
feel? Or perhaps just a childhood reminder of the mouthwatering munchies enjoyed from your
younger days, which are even valued and enjoyed to this day? Look no further than
Nigeria. Deep in West Africa, Nigerian cuisine is often characterized by its colorful vibrancy and flavor, mixed in with an array of homemade sauces. Here, we have described four irresistible treats that originate from Nigeria.

Puff Puff
Puff Puffs are a spongy, deep-fried dish that spring right up to the touch. They look exactly
as their name suggests: round, fluffy balls that are said to be a must at any party or celebration.
Puff Puffs simply consist of flour, yeast, ground nutmeg, salt, and granulated sugar if you like. In addition, water and vegetable oil are required for the cooking process. These tiny
treats can be drizzled with a stew-like sauce and served with fried fish. To give you an idea of
their taste and texture, Puff Puffs are typically considered to be Nigerian doughnuts. Try them for yourself!

Chin Chin
Chin Chins are another deep-fried snack, but this time with a noticeably crunchier texture. It is
regarded as the official Christmas snack of Nigeria. Much like Puff Puffs, these treats are also
popular appetizers at parties and loved by both adults and kids alike. Chin Chin is made of plain
flour, peak milk, margarine, granulated sugar, and ground nutmeg. If you prefer a more soft and
doughy texture, baking powder and eggs can be added to the mix. Fun fact: Chin Chin can be
fresh for up to a month if stored properly!

Coconut candy
Coconut candy is a sweet and chewy treat that can be made with minimal ingredients in minimal
time. All it requires is grated coconut and granulated white sugar! If needed, white sugar can be
substituted for unrefined cane sugar. Be warned: because Coconut Candy is primarily made of
sugar, it is highly suggested that it should be eaten in moderation. Like Chin Chin, Coconut Candy can be stored for up to a month. In addition, depending on how it is prepared, Coconut Candy can be fixed to have a more crunchy texture rather than its known sweet chewiness.

Kokoro
Kokora is a long, rod-like snack which is, yet again, a crunchy delicacy of Nigeria. Kokoro is
usually sold by street vendors, but can be made at home for the family to enjoy. Ingredients to
make Kokoro are cornmeal, garri, sugar (can be substituted with honey), and cayenne pepper.
Powdered ginger is optional for additional flavor. There are also different variations of the
popular snack, with thinner dough making the treats crunchier and more jaw-breaking. Whether
you prepare these treats yourself or buy them packaged, make sure you pair these delicious
snacks with refreshing fruit juices.

Stories behind your favorite snacks

While eating one of your favourite snacks, have you ever wondered just who exactly had such a happy accident and invented something that you love and cherish so much? It would only be fit if such amazing foods came into existence with a big bang. Have you ever thought about the origins of any snacks you ate and wondered if their stories were as fascinating as their taste? Well, yes, they are! Here are the origin stories of some snacks that you couldn’t even imagine your life without.

Doritos
Imagine the happiest and most fun place on earth… Did you imagine Disneyland? Yes, the origins of Doritos can be traced all the way to Disneyland. Only months after the inauguration of Disneyland in 1955, Frito-Lay opened a Mexican restaurant called in Casa de Fritos in Frontierland. The scrumptious chips, today known as Doritos, were first sold at that very restaurant and were made of fried tortillas which would otherwise have been discarded. Could you possibly think of a happier coincidence?

7–Up
The infamous lime flavoured soda, 7-Up was created by Charles Grigg in 1929. It was introduced as Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda (if that isn’t a mouthful), it had lithium citrate as a major ingredient of the formula. Lithium Citrate is known as a mood-stabilizing drug, commonly used in the 19th and 20th centuries and still sometimes prescribed to people with bipolar disorder and other behavioural mood disorders. The beverage’s name was later shortened to 7Up Lithiated Lemon Soda and to just 7Up in 1936.

Snickers
Ever wondered how the well-known chocolate candy bar, Snickers got its name? Just hearing the word “Snickers” you instantly imagine the candy, it’s as if you can almost taste it. When the Mars family introduced the candy bar they were all but out of names, they thought long and hard and named it Snickers. You’d never guess who they named it after. Well, apparently, they had a favourite horse… that’s correct. The horse was named Snickers (way before they named the candy bar, I might add)!

Snapple
In the late 70’s, Mr. Greenburg with two of his friends; Leonard Marsh and Hyman Golden, came up with the idea to produce a soft drink which would be flavoured only using natural juice. The initial efforts were an explosive failure, literally! The carbonated apple juice that they marketed would ferment in its bottles producing gas and sent the caps of the bottles flying. They named the drink Snapple; it was an amalgam of ‘snappy’ and ‘apple’, you get the idea, right? It was soon adopted by the company as a whole.

The more you know!

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