American Smarties vs. Canadian Smarties

foodI just learnt something new. In America, these are Smarties:

Smarties

Those, of course, are called Rockets here in Canada. These are what we call Smarties:

I had no idea...

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Douglas

Nestlé did not have much presence in the American chocolate/candy market until about the past decade, so it is not much of a surprise to find that American "Smarties" are "rockets".

Both of these "Smarties" are horrible vs. British Smarties. If you have not had British Smarties, you are in for a pleasant surprise when you do. The chocolate is creamier. There is less emphasis on the candy shell (which, I am sure, has become thicker here in the past couple of years). Best of all, the orange ones have natural orange flavour in them to make them like a small Terry's Chocolate Orange treat.

No, I am not British, I just like better chocolate.

March 24, 2011 / 00:18

Ryan G

this reminds me of various relatives over in the UK who also say that their chocolate is better.

they also tell me their bacon is better, the beef products are superior, and of course, being in northern ireland, that their potatoes are better.

i dunno. seems weird that this can all be true. home turf bias or fact?

you never know though. things are a bit different over there. they used to have a very popular ice cream treat called a "99" - which was one of those Flake chocolate sticks jammed into an ice cream cone.

and, when i first went to visit belfast one summer many years ago as a kid, i got a lot of weird looks from the local kids. see, it was summer. i was wearing shorts. apparently kids don't wear shorts in the summer over there..apparently they're too tough to do so. at least it was that way back then.

March 24, 2011 / 08:05

dlauthor

It's sad to be in America. No Smarties, no Caramilk, no Coffee Crisp, no Crispy Crunch, no whatever the sponge toffee one is called, no Cherry Blossoms, lousy Kit-Kats. And no Shreddies, on a different front.

March 24, 2011 / 10:29

Jacob

It's always surprising when we have something the Americans don't.

March 24, 2011 / 13:33

Neville A. Ross

Excuse me, but they have their own candies/cakes snack foods, which are just as good or even better that what's in Britain/Canada, like:

Big League Chew

Baby Ruth

href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s55QoIZScP4">Peter Paul's Almond Joy and Mounds

Milk Duds

Big Red Chewing Gum

Willy Wonka's Nerds and other candies from that company

Mallowmars

Twinkies

Hostess Fruit Pies

Chipwich

Tones of other stuff that you can look up if you want to.

March 24, 2011 / 13:41

VegasGeoff

You can get them down here in some specialty shops. I had a store within walking distance of my house that carries Smarties, Crunchies, real Kit-Kats, Caramilk, Flake, and several others. No Coffee Crisp or Malteesers, though.

March 24, 2011 / 14:13

chantelleinthecity

@Douglas

I agree that British chocolate is better than anything we'd get here in Canada--Just try a Flake bar!

March 24, 2011 / 14:25

Lori

I heard during "Bring Your Culture to School Day" in my Kindergarten room that there are Ketchup chips only in Canada.......I always forget to check when I am over shopping....anyone know??

March 24, 2011 / 16:07

Gump

Hey, after literally months of hunting, I finally found an actual Chipwich sandwich (not the far inferior Nestle knock-offs). Corner store of Yonge + Chatsworth. Don't take the last one!
On the other hand, I still can't find Wink pop. Cadbury Schweppes burn in hell!!1

March 24, 2011 / 19:34

Rick C in Oakville

Lori: I think Dill Pickle is also a Canadian oddity also.

March 24, 2011 / 19:40

Digger

No Frills has ketchup chips for sale - made by Herr's - in Pennsylvania.

March 25, 2011 / 00:11

Buffalo Boy Mike

I like the Canadian ones better.
You guys also have Ketchup potato chips, Coffee Crisps, Aero bars, Sleemans Honey Brown and Labatt Honey Brown and several other beers that dont make it south of the border.

March 25, 2011 / 12:23

Anonymous

you just found out? :)

March 26, 2011 / 17:09


Rob

Labatt Honey Brown...Hmmm, Ive never seen that one.

I found out about the Smarties on a work trip many years ago.

Me - `Do you have any smarties`
7-11 Employee - `Are you trying to be funny?'
Me - ' Uh no, I just want some smarties'
7-11 Employee - 'Would you please leave the store'

March 26, 2011 / 19:06

Buffalo Sketch

At my work (a school in the Buffalo suburbs), we used to have Coffee Crisp in the faculty lunchroom vending machine! They haven't had them for a while, but they feature them at the local Buffalo SPoT coffee shops.

American Smarties are gross. They remind me of chewable vitamins.

March 27, 2011 / 10:01

Roshan

I've only seen smarties like the Canadian ones.

March 27, 2011 / 13:27

Jamie

After moving to the U.S., the first thing I do when I head back north is buy the biggest box of Smarties possible! American Smarties are just compacted powder sugar! Horrible!!

March 28, 2011 / 08:49

Bunny

British chocolate is superior. I have British friends who send me care packages and their chocolate is amazing. Even their cheap Marks and Spencer stuff is better than ours. I'm actually one of those people who is willing to shell out $$$ for decent chocolate and it's ridiculous what the difference is.

The chocolate that people have brought me from Switzerland and Belgium v. the stuff they sell here that is supposedly from Switzerland is astounding. You have to go to an import store to get decent items.

I sometimes wonder if people just dump their crap on our market because we fall for it. Other countries have better health care, better food, better electronics, better broadband, etc...

Rockets are terrible btw. No, our stuff is not as good as the stuff in Britain or Canada.

April 1, 2012 / 16:45

Anonymous

so you call m&ms smarties in canada

April 7, 2012 / 16:59

Toronto Mike

No, we call M&Ms M&Ms in Canada.

Smarties are similar, but different.

April 7, 2012 / 17:10

Jimi

If you go and look at the "American Smarties" wrapper, it says made in Canada. Technically they are both Canadian smarties.

November 16, 2012 / 02:07

G.B.

Hershey seems responsible for most of the crap chocolate in the world and pretty much sets the American standard for commercial chocolate readily available. I never understood how anyone over the age of five could stomach a Hershey bar. For decent chocolate in America you have to go the route of imports like Godiva or premium chocolatiers like Ghirardelli. In the UK and everywhere I've been in Europe you can get really tasty chocolate inexpensively in any corner shop.

August 18, 2013 / 17:19

Albert

American and Canadian chocolate and candy has lots of wax or other hardening agent, to the point of affecting the flavour. European chocolate is just more, well, chocolatey.

October 16, 2013 / 10:32

Anita D

I agree with Ryan G. Smarties from England is way more creamer than the one from here. Their Cadburys are delicious too. When ever we have friends going to England. That's the first thing we tell them to bring.

November 12, 2013 / 13:19

Elizabeth

Hello,

I just bought a 6 oz. bag of Smarties from Rite - Aid's Pantry item in San Rafael, California. When I got home I opened the bag and took out a roll. First I noticed there was no "Made in Canada" text on the wrapper. Next I tasted the roll candy and it tastes different! They are mushy and flavorless as compared to the Smarties made in Canada, of which I have a 3 lb. bag, which are crunchy and flavorful.
Could it be that the recipe is different in the USA? How can I be assured that the roll candy Smarties I buy online are truly Made In Canada?
Our entire family have eaten and LOVED Smarties candy for a very long time, well over 50 years.
Please help.

July 3, 2014 / 16:53

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