American Smarties vs. Canadian Smarties

Published by Toronto Mike on March 23, 2011 @ 22:51 in Miscellaneous

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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25 Responses to "American Smarties vs. Canadian Smarties"

Douglas
March 24, 2011 / 00:18

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.

Ryan G
March 24, 2011 / 08:05

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.

dlauthor
March 24, 2011 / 10:29

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.

Jacob
March 24, 2011 / 13:33

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

Neville A. Ross
March 24, 2011 / 13:41

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.

VegasGeoff
March 24, 2011 / 14:13

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.

chantelleinthecity
March 24, 2011 / 14:25

@Douglas

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

Lori
March 24, 2011 / 16:07

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??

Gump
March 24, 2011 / 19:34

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

Rick C in Oakville
March 24, 2011 / 19:40

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

Digger
March 25, 2011 / 00:11

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

Buffalo Boy Mike
March 25, 2011 / 12:23

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.

Anonymous
March 26, 2011 / 17:09

you just found out? :)

Rob
March 26, 2011 / 19:06

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'

Buffalo Sketch
March 27, 2011 / 10:01

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.

Roshan
March 27, 2011 / 13:27

I've only seen smarties like the Canadian ones.

Jamie
March 28, 2011 / 08:49

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!!

Bunny
April 1, 2012 / 16:45

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.

Anonymous
April 7, 2012 / 16:59

so you call m&ms smarties in canada

Toronto Mike
April 7, 2012 / 17:10

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

Smarties are similar, but different.

Jimi
November 16, 2012 / 02:07

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

G.B.
August 18, 2013 / 17:19

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.

Albert
October 16, 2013 / 10:32

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.

Anita D
November 12, 2013 / 13:19

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.


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