i grew up in canada, in ontario, and recently spent some time there after having been gone for about seven years, and what struck me as the most apparent difference between canada and the u.s. and what brought back the most memories of my childhood were the snack foods. i think that canada has the best prepackaged cookies and potato chips and candies in the whole world, dammit. there is the dare brand of cookies -- they have one called the "french creme" and it's just a crispy shortbread with currants and a light frosting, so i don't know how it can be so incredible. you also always find those fudge sandwich cookies everywhere that are so good. the place is lousy with them.
canadian candy bars are also superior: coffee crisp, big turk, and, the mother of all candy bars, eatmore. it's a chewy, chocolatey toffee full of peanuts. DO NOT leave canada before eating many, many of these.
and then there are shreddies. i grew up knowing shreddies as part of the pantheon of cereals (corn flakes, cheerios, shredded wheat, shreddies). they're like chex's smarter, tastier, heartier, more sophisticated cousin. they have a delicate maltiness that knocks me out. they now have maple flavor (i should say flavour), which might be a heresy but isn't because it's damn good. the jingle was "good good whole wheat shreddies..."
should i even get into dill pickle chips?
does anyone else know what i'm talking about?