Now Canada, we need to talk.
These desserts of yours… they need to be delivered to my house. Immediately. In bulk.
Canada Post has released five stamps depicting traditional made-in-Canada desserts, with each stamp celebrating a regional dish and ramming home the point that none of them are in my fridge awaiting demolition.
There’s tarte au sucre (sugar pie), which - wait for it - can be found in Quebec pâtisseries.
The butter tart is an Ontario thing, and is the subject of baking contests throughout the province. If I had my way, it would be subject to eating contests. But I digress.
Saskatoon berry pie is filled with the regional berries that were a staple for Indigenous people and early settlers. (Probably better than a muskrat pie for dessert, let’s be frank.)
The creamy custard-filled refrigerated bar that resembles the nameless dessert you get served on long-distance flights is a Nanaimo bar, hailing from the city of Nanaimo. (I checked - the city wasn’t named after the bar.)
Then there’s the blueberry grunt, combining dumplings and blueberries. I’ll have a dozen, thank you. Apparently the “grunt” in the name comes from the sound the berries make as they simmer around the dough.
What, no scratch-and-sniff?
Sadly, Canada Post didn’t follow in the USPS’s footsteps and produce scratch-and-sniff stamps. In 2018, the USPS released its Frozen Treats stamps, the first-ever scratch-and-sniff stamps.
Sure, nobody remembers the second-ever scratch-and-sniff stamps, but being Canadian, they’d surely be nicer…
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