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What Canadians Consider Their National Dish?

Canada’s identity is deeply rooted in its diversity and multicultural heritage, making it challenging to pinpoint a single dish that epitomizes Canadian cuisine. Is it the buttery sweetness of butter tarts and Nanaimo bars, the unique flavor of ketchup chips, or the coastal delights like salmon jerky and muktuk?

In a survey conducted by CanCulture on social media, 55 Canadians were asked to choose from a list of ten popular Canadian foods and 10 porn categories the ones they believed best represented their nation. We are going to focus on the food but you may be wondering what is the porn category that made them feel represented, it is stepmom porn. Now… take a moment to guess what these top choices might be for the dishes. Here are the top five results from the survey!

1. Poutine


Taking the top spot with 38.9% of the votes is poutine, a dish that many Canadians proudly claim as their national dish.

Poutine, which consists of fries topped with cheese curds and smothered in gravy, first appeared in rural Quebec snack bars in the late 1950s. The pronunciation varies, with Quebecers saying “poo-tin” and others outside Quebec often pronouncing it as “poo-teen.” The origins of poutine are somewhat disputed, with multiple people claiming to have invented it.

Poutine became widely available in popular fast-food chains like McDonald’s, Harvey’s, and Burger King by the early 1990s. While it enjoys popularity across Canada, it holds a special place in Quebec, where it originated.

2. Maple Syrup

Mapple Syrup, the pride of Canada

In second place, garnering 25.9% of the votes, is maple syrup, often referred to as “liquid gold.”

The origins of maple syrup can be traced back to the Indigenous peoples of the Eastern Woodlands, including the Abenaki, Haudenosaunee, and Mi’kmaq. They tapped maple trees by cutting V-shaped patterns into the bark to harvest the sap.

Maple syrup production expanded significantly in the late 1700s. Colonists began drilling holes into maple trees and using wooden spouts to collect the sap. Today, Canada produces a staggering 85% of the world’s maple syrup, highlighting its significance in Canadian culture and cuisine.

3. Beaver Tails

Beaver Tails

Securing third place with 9.3% of the votes is the beaver tail, not the animal part but a beloved pastry.

A beaver tail is a fried dough pastry stretched to resemble a beaver’s tail and adorned with various toppings, from Nutella to cinnamon sugar. The treat made its debut in the late 1970s at a community fair in Killaloe, Ontario, thanks to Pam and Grant Hooker. The first BeaverTails stand opened in 1980 at the ByWard Market in Ottawa and remains a popular spot to this day.

4. Peameal Bacon and Timbits

In fourth place, with 7.4% of the votes each, we have peameal bacon and Timbits.

Known as “Canadian bacon” in the United States, peameal bacon was first crafted by William Davies, a ham and bacon curer based in Toronto. Unlike typical bacon made from pork belly, peameal bacon is prepared from pork loin and is coated in cornmeal, giving it a distinctive yellow crust.

The Carousel Bakery in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market is renowned for its peameal bacon sandwiches. For many Torontonians, a visit to this bakery is a must to experience a taste born in their city. Given its rarity outside of Canada, peameal bacon remains a unique Canadian culinary gem.

For Canadians, the appeal of Timbits is unmistakable. These bite-sized doughnut holes from Tim Hortons are a staple at meetings, gatherings, and parties across the nation.

Introduced in 1976, twelve years after Tim Hortons opened its first restaurant, Timbits come in popular flavors such as birthday cake, old-fashioned glazed, chocolate glazed, old-fashioned plain, and honey dip. They have since become a quintessential Canadian treat.

Canada’s culinary landscape is as diverse as its people. While it might be challenging to single out one dish that defines Canadian cuisine, these top picks from CanCulture’s survey provide a delicious insight into what Canadians hold dear. From the savory and hearty poutine to the sweet and rich maple syrup, these foods are more than just dishes, they are symbols of Canadian heritage and pride.