Loving Life after 50

Ten (10) Canadian Junk Food Staples

It’s Wednesday, hump day, random Day and if you work for the government PAYDAY. I always have to be that glass half full person. The randomness of the day and the fact that it is still frigid temperatures outside  so I turned to thoughts of junk food, (Don’t we all) and if you happen to live on the East Coast of Canada being hit with a major Winter Storm ( in spring no less) what better way to spend a snow day…am I right)

Today i bring you JUNK FOOD in all its Glory

1) Smarties and in Canada these are chocolate.( When you eat your  smarties, do you eat the red ones last, do you suck them very slowly or crunch them very fast…. I do not know a Canadian that does not know this song) Smarties, our answer to M & M’s

2) Coffe Crisp – How do you like your coffee? CRISP, as famous as “Where’s the Beef” here in Canada
( Fun fact a petition in the US to bring the chocolate bar there was successful in 2006 but then they stopped it in 2009)
3) Caramilk Bar- How do you get that caramel in the caramilk Bar?  The secret is forever being sought
4) Crispy Crunch – The only thing better than your Crispy Crunch is someone else’s…
5) Ketchup Chips – we do love our ketchup ( did you know one of the new Canadian Flavours, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Ketchup, cuz nothing is better then dipping that sandwich in Heinz)
6) Kinder Eggs – ( Banned in the US) Each Kinder Surprise egg consists of a chocolate shell, a plastic capsule, the contents of said capsule, and an external foil wrap. ( not a Canadian Original, Italy takes credit for this one, but available widely in our nation) 
7) Maynards Cherry Blasters- similar brands in the US but Maynard’s is the best
8) Wagon Wheels – who didn’t grow up eating these???? It’s so big you gotta grin to get it in.
9) Crush Cream Soda (That’s the actual name and only time we call Pop- soda) Pink pop in a pink can
 10) and saving the best for last for Me  Diet Pepsi Lime- I used to have to buy this in the good ole US of A, then they stopped making it, and the outcry must have been loud enough in Canada that they brought it back, 
So if you are not in Canada, have I managed to convince you of the benefits of a visit???? Stay tuned for future Canadiana posts that will be featuring foods, sights and special things that we have.  
For now I jump over to my OOTD because what’s a post without an outfit right???
Featuring a cute little dress from Old Navy, some textured hose( also Old navy) and some purple shoes Wild Diva’s from Go Jane,  necklace is Vanheusen.

Here is a Flash vs No Flash comparison



  • i love posts like this! don't know why, but i've always been fascinated with little lifestyle things from other countries. i've never heard of most of these.
    and i love the textured hose from old navy! i have some similar to them but lately i havent been wanting to wear them because i am still in denial that it is in fact still winter where i am!

    • it's the everyday things that you figure everyone knows about, until you go try and find them. Winter is still way to much here.

  • I love this post! My boyfriend is Canadian so of course I love everything Canada! I really really love the ketchup chips and ya'll Diana Sauce is one of the best things I've ever had! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

    Sweet Southern Sparkle

  • haha we used to have something like Kinder eggs and I will forever be sad they did away with them – seriously people, you know there's something inside, why would you be stupid enough to try to eat it whole and choke?!

    • or give it to a child unsupervised, they are cute little eggs, but banned in the US

    • I've read that bringing Kinder eggs into the US is worst that smuggling drugs! crazy!

  • Verrrry interesting post. If I ever go to Canada again I'm thinking Ketchup chips and Coffee Crisp are at the top of my to-try list. I love Cream soda too, and I'm fascinated by the pink version. Good stuff Linda!
    On the Daily Express

    • thanks. Ketchup chips, I loved them as a child, interesting flavour as an adult, Coffee Crisp always good.

  • The only one of these I've had before are Smarties–the rest are all strange to me! 🙂 Love all of the purple in your outfit!

    • First time I realized american smarties and Canadian smarties were not the same thing was when I was in California and saw a jar of " rockets" marked smarties funny how we are all the same yet so different.

  • Cheesies would be on my list. From Winnipeg and made with some real cheese.

  • I love these posts! You know, I'm sure we had most of those things here in the US too at some point…we just called them something different. Like, the Wagon Wheels are here, but called Moon Pies. The Kinder Eggs are here too, but they have another style as well…in a bar. So funny how marketing changes across borders. Fun post!



    • Diet Pepsi with lime I used to have to go to the US now its only in Canada, so weird.

  • Yummy!! We are Australians in Canada at the moment and my fiancé absolutely adores the ketchup chips! We have smarties and kinder surprises in Australia! I used to love them as a kid. I had no idea Kinder Surprises were banned in the US though…choking hazard maybe?


    • yes, they used to sell them but apparently two children chocked so now they are banned.

  • Nice tights, nice shoes, nice frock! Smarties yes, Kinder Eggs no.