As promised, the candies of our lovely northern neighbor, Canada!
Here’s what I had for breakfast yesterday: a KitKat and a Coffee Crisp.
A word about Canadian KitKat–it doesn’t taste like the American version. The chocolate is a little less sweet than the type used here, and doesn’t melt as readily, which is nice when you are using a piece of it to gesticulate wildly at the cats trying to eat the other piece. I like the Canadian KitKat better, I think, although KitKat dark is my all time favourite.
Coffee Crisp is like a coffee infused KitKat, actually. You can see darker flecks in the coating chocolate, and there’s a slight burnt coffee bean flavour familiar to anyone who has been around roasting coffee. I rather like it. There’s a bitter, sour twinge to it that sparks in my mouth in a way I like.
I apologize for the blurry image. I thought it came out ok and ate the candies, and apparently it didn’t.
Canada is a Francophone nation. As a result, this KitKat was labeled bilingually.
Aero, seen below, is…really interesting. It’s difficult to describe. I think someone may have invented it during a chocolate shortage (hey, we don’t have enough chocolate to go around, let’s pump it full of air and make it a gimmick!) The weird thing is that I really like Aero. It is almost bubbly when you bite down, which feels a little strange at first, but I found myself scrabbling in the bottom of the box for the second bar anyway. Sadly, I ate it before I thought to take a picture of the inside–it looks like a sponge.
I noticed that this version is labeled as an “Aero Milk,” which makes it sound like an “Aero Dark” may exist somewhere. The first reader to track this down and mail it to me wins a special prize, because I suspect it may be my favourite candy bar ever, even though I haven’t eaten it or verified its existence yet.
Smarties, of course, are Canadian M&Ms, which I suppose strictly speaking isn’t that exciting. But once again, the chocolate formulation is different, as is the candy coating. I dig Smarties. I can get quite territorial over them.
Overall, Canadian candy seems to be a little bit more sophisticated than its American cousins, which I think is due to a difference in the type of chocolate used. If you’d like to know more about the differences between American and Canadian chocolate (as well as other nations), I would recommend The Emperors of Chocolate. As a bonus, you get to read about the bitter war between Hershey and Mars.
Tomorrow: candy of New Zealand! (Which may be a multiple part offering, since I have a lot of candy from New Zealand to work my way through, here.)