You know you are Canadian if…

by Janice

…You can name these candies. No, they aren’t M&M’s, they are…


And yes, “Me! I hold myself!!” will always end up in two year olds spilling them on the ground.

P.S. In case you are wondering, just hold your mouse over image to find out the name of this Canadian candy.

Written by Janice, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom
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1 Cook Clean Craft June 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm

We have Smarties in Australia too (long before the arrival of M&Ms)!


2 Janice June 29, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Yes – I heard you all did! :) Keeping it in the Commonwealth!


3 Donna-Lee June 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm

This transplanted Canadian often tucks some Smarties in her suitcase after a visit back to Canada.


4 Moonstruck Mommy June 29, 2010 at 8:58 pm

OK, I’m American, but I’ve had smarties in Canadathen England, & then a specialty shop I tracked down in California because I LOVE them! They are WAY better then m&ms! Are they still in the little tubes?


5 Gillian June 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

In New Zealand they are called Pebbles as well as Smarties….it all depends on the brand, but to me they taste the same.

So maybe I’m Canadian too? :D


6 Almost Unschoolers June 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I went to school in Canada over 20 years ago, and I still haven’t lost the horrible aftertaste of Smarties! They are so not M&M’s :)


7 Run DMT June 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm

SMARTIES! I knew they were Smarties! I’d recognize those sweets anyway, ’cause I’m a smartie! hee hee Actually, I lived in England for a while and my DH grew up in the UK. Bristish sweets are a staple in this house.


8 Marissa June 30, 2010 at 12:24 am

Smarties! I was devastated when I moved to the States and there were no Smarties….BUT, I found a British shop that carries them so it’s all good. In fact, I was just there a few days ago and I picked up some Smarties :)


9 Forgetfulone June 30, 2010 at 12:59 am

We have a candy called smarties, but they are more like mini-sweet tarts. They come in a roll with about ten little candies per roll. Do your smarties have chocolate in them? Or peanut butter? They look like our m&m’s, skittles, or reese’s pieces.


10 Lori June 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

They’re Smarties, eh? (as a Canadian I can say that!)


11 Erica Mueller June 30, 2010 at 10:09 am

So funny, I was talking to a transplanted Canadian friend this week and she was talking about Canadian Smarties and how they resembled MM’s. She says up there y’all have something called Sugar Jets (I think that was the name) that are like our American Smarties.


12 Dagmar Bleasdale June 30, 2010 at 11:27 am

I grew up with Smaties, but in Germany! :)

Dagmar’s momsense


13 Jaime June 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Smarties! Made me smile :)
I have transplanted myself South. Born and raised in Vancouver, now live outside Seattle – away but not too far!

I still get my Smarties when I go to visit!


14 kristin June 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm

My bloggy friend Tammi just brought me some while at a blogging summit. I’ve never had them but they are so good!


15 Simone June 30, 2010 at 6:03 pm

I am originally from Germany and guess what, we have Smarties there as well (always ate them when I was a kid)


16 Kristina June 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Have you had “American” Smarties? Totally different candy. I lived in Toronto in my early twenties– I would move back to Canada in a heartbeat!


17 Egyptian Costumes July 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm

The more you live the more you learn.

Being a Canadian and Today being Canada Day 2010, I am
now learning about the history behind “smarties”.


18 km July 3, 2010 at 12:18 am

I’m not Canadian…but I knew those were Smarties. I swapped a pal some Smarties for our American Smarties. She quickly replied those aren’t Smarties…those are Rockets. And there was some banana taffy and some Jelly Bellys in the swap too. I love our little differences.


19 Tennille July 5, 2010 at 1:23 am

Ahhh Smarties-quite possibly the best potty training reward.


20 Codruta July 11, 2010 at 5:29 am

This post made me smile, so I’m Canadian XD Not really, we just have smarties here too, in Norway. We also have something that is almost similar, it’s actually the same, only bigger, Non Stop, I just love to buy a bag and sit down with a good movie.


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