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Monday, March 21, 2005
A Little Experiment! by Expat
Title: The Great Canadian Chocolate Adventure
Observation: A Canadian deprived of Coffee Crisp, Aero, Big Turk, Mr.Big and Crispy Crunch will travel countless miles to find a supply of the delicious treats. Few American stores carry such candy bars, but Cost Plus world market does carry a few British versions of the bars and claims to have more of a selection of Canadian chocolate bars at Easter time.
Purpose: To find out if it is possible to get a Canadian chocolate fix at Easter time in the United States.
Hypothesis: This Canadian will be greatly disappointed as finding a supply of Canuck candy is just too good to be true.
Materials and Equipment: Car Map Chocolate craving Pocket full of cash in case we are pleasantly surprised!
Procedure: Drive to Cost Plus World Market and peruse the shelves in search of Canadian chocolate. Also hit up Walmart as a control in an effort to see if Cost Plus' inventory is anymore specialized. If time allows, stop for a slurpee.
Observations: To be compiled.
Results: To be compiled.
Conclusion: To be compiled.
Tuesday, March 22, 2004
A wee follow up to the Great Canadian Chocolate Adventure:
The weather was terrible today and, as such, this quantum weather wimp (oh how living Stateside has weakened me! ) was too chicken to venture to Cost Plus. I do promise to carry out this experiment though, as a craving for Canadian chocolate is a very strong and driving force that can not be quelled.
I can't wait to find out the results of this experiment, as I assume you're on the east coast (I don't know why I assume that, but I do), and I'm wondering if your selection is different. Our Cost Plus in Vegas started to stock a large number of British chocolate bars a few months ago, and I was thrilled to see Coffee Crisp among them. I didn't even know that Coffee Crisp was made in England -- I thought it was an exclusively Canadian thing. Cost Plus also stocked a few different types of Aero (I really only like original and mint, though), Flake, Crunchie, and Kit Kat, which is of course available in the US but tastes like cardboard. The one bar I would have liked to see but didn't was Wunderbar. I also really like "Time Out" bars, but even my parents in Canada can't find those anymore so perhaps they're no longer made.
On a continuing chocolate note, I bought a bar at Cost Plus called, "P.S.", which according to the label was manufactured by Cadbury in South Africa. It was just a wafer/chocolate mixture but nice and crispy with the wonderful Cadbury flavour.
I've got two Laura Secord Easter eggs in the fridge... any takers?!
How cruel to be gloating about Laura Secord Easter eggs to one who has no chance of having one anytime soon! You must have had a care package sent to you recently! :o)
I suppose that I would be considered more of a Mid-Westerner than an East Coaster, so I am not sure how different our selection of Cost Plus chocolate will be. The last time that I was there, they really had very few Canadian bars. As you point out, many of the bars that they do carry are made in England, but I am not that fussy when it comes to an Aero (I am a slave to mint) or a Crunchy. They were both heaven.
I had been craving a Big Turk (my husband loves that name) for quite sometime and was surprised to find a British bar made by Cadbury called Turkish Delight. It was SO much better than Big Turk. I highly recommend giving it a go, if you come across it.
I agree that Kit Kat in the US is not at all like a Canadian Kit Kat. Even the packaging is different and non-enticing.
I will have to give the P.S. bar a shot as well. Last time, we picked up a Big Hunk and were very pleasantly surprised. I believe that it was manufactured in Britain as well.
I had a chocolate question -- does anyone know what ever happened to the "Bar Six"? Oh, how I loved it. I haven't seen one for years. And even though it's not chocolate, don't you just love a bag of Jelly Tots? Americans have no candy which compares to the simplicity of a Jelly Tot -- Skittles are too bland are Sour Patch Kids are too... not bland.
I hear you on the lack of decent jelly candy here in the US. Would you believe that I have not seen a single Blue Whale, a Red Hot, Swedish Fish or a Sour Soother since I left the Nukland? I remember the days of going to the corner store with a pocketful of change and buying tons of one cent and five cent candies. Not so here.
As for Jelly Tots, when I googled them a bunch of UK sites popped up. Maybe that is a sign that Cost Plus will one day carry them. (Do they take requests? They should!)
In the meantime, there are scores of Canadian goodies at Canadian Sweets. I am particularly smitten with that Maple Oh Henry bar. I may have to place an order.