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Weirdest Foods in Canada

The top seven strange foods you're likely to encounter in Canada are listed below. They may appear strange and bizarre to outsiders, and even dangerous, but they are considered delicacies in their respective countries. Although eating these foods may appear to us to be "extreme dining," they are delicious everyday or special occasion fare for those who consume them.

1.Sourtoe Cocktail

The Sourtoe Cocktail was the first entry on the list. Since 1973, tourists have been queuing up in Dawson City, Yukon, in Canada's far north to participate in a strange ritual that involves downing a shot of liquor (of your choice) garnished with a real, dehydrated human toe from the Downtown Hotel. Choose Yukon Jack, a strong liqueur with a delectable sweet burn that practically makes the shriveled, leathery toe bearable.

The toe must touch your lips in order to join the Sourtoe Cocktail Club (yes, there is a certificate of achievement). However, avoid swallowing it to avoid a $500 CDN fine. (It has been known to occur, but thankfully, spares are always available.)

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2.Flipper Pie

Flipper pie only contains the flippers of young harp seals; it does not contain any crime-fighting dolphins. (Very much better, yes?) Flipper pie is primarily consumed in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador during the yearly spring seal hunt.

The meat inside is dark, gamey, tough, and reportedly has a hare-like flavor. How appropriate, given that it is frequently consumed during celebrations for Good Friday and Easter.

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3.Ketchup-Flavored Potato Chips

Ever wonder why Canadians top their fries with cheese and gravy? Probably because they flavor their potato chips with the entire bottle of ketchup. Seriously. Ketchup chips are not only a thing, but many businesses, including Lays, President's Choice, and Old Dutch, regularly produce them.

It's important to take note of the manufacturers because it reveals that some ketchup chip varieties are actually created by American businesses; they just don't advertise the flavor domestically.

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Until you take into account what they are called, Nestlé's candy-shelled Canadian chocolate pieces don't seem all that strange. After all, they are essentially just a new name for M&Ms, which are made by Mars. Nestlé calls them "Smarties," but the same name is also used for a completely different, wafer-like candy produced in the United States by a business with the same name.

Adding to the confusion, Canadians actually have a localized version of American Smarties under the name "Rockets." Got it all?

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5.Thrills Gum

Never underestimate the Canadians' ability to weird up something as basic as gum. The strangely named O-Pee-Chee company of London, Ontario began manufacturing the bubble gum that would soon divide the nation more than a century ago. Despite the fact that many residents adored the purple product known as "Thrills," many disapproved of its distinctive rosewater flavor and complained that it tasted like soap.

It is currently produced under the Willy Wonka brand in Spain, where Nestlé acquired the business in the 1980s. Recent packaging proudly proclaims: "It still tastes like soap!"

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You might be glad to know that there are no actual animal (or human) parts in these beaver tails. These long, flat slabs of fried dough are made with whole wheat flour and topped with tasty treats like hazelnut spread, Reese's Pieces, peanut butter, or cinnamon and sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is famous for spawning the first-ever retail location of BeaverTails, but thanks to their growing popularity, are now sold in the U.S., South Korea and Japan. They even made news in 2009 when President Obama stopped by the Byward Market to pick up some of these sweet treats on his way home.

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7.Peameal Bacon

Cornmeal-coated pork loin may not sound particularly seductive, but for bacon lovers, it might be the best thing since sliced bread. Toronto is the center of all things peameal bacon, a less fatty variant of the tasty protein. Since the middle of the 1800s, when fresh pork couldn't be transported to England without refrigeration, it has deep roots in Canada.

The meat was made to be edible upon arrival by curing it with a lot of salt and rolling it in a fine meal made of yellow peas. The best variation can be found at Carousel Bakery in St. Lawrence Market, where it is grilled and served on a bun.

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