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Listed below is the top 7 weirdest foods you probably see in Canada. They are maybe considered weird and bizarre, or even dangerous to outsiders, are considered delicacies in their countries. Although eating these foods might seem like a form of ‘extreme dining’ to us, they’re tasty everyday or special occasion fare for the people who eat them.

Sourtoe Cocktail

The first name that appeared in the chart is the Sourtoe Cocktail. In Dawson City, Yukon, Canada's far northern reaches, since 1973 visitors have been lining up to partake in a weird ritual – chugging a shot of alcohol (your choice), garnished with a real, dehydrated human toe from the Downtown Hotel. Opt for Yukon Jack, a potent liqueur with a delicious sweet burn that makes the shrivelled, leathery toe downright tolerable.

In order to become an official member of the Sourtoe Cocktail Club (yes, there is a certificate of achievement), the toe must touch your lips. Don’t swallow it though as that will earn you a fine of $500 CDN. (It has been known to happen and fortunately, there are always spares on hand.)

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Flipper Pie

Don’t worry, flipper pie doesn’t contain any crime-stopping dolphins — just the flippers of young harp seals. (Much better, right?) Primarily eaten in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador during the annual spring seal hunt, flipper pie contains meat that is dark, tough, gamey, and apparently tastes similar to the hare. How appropriate, considering it is commonly consumed as part of Good Friday and Easter festivities.
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Ketchup-Flavored Potato Chips

Ever wonder why Canadians put cheese and gravy on fries? Probably because all the ketchup is being used to flavour their potato chips. Seriously. Not only are ketchup chips a real thing, but several companies — including Lays, President’s Choice, and Old Dutch — make them on a regular basis. It’s worth noting the manufacturers because it shows that some of the ketchup chip varieties are actually produced by U.S.-based companies that simply don’t release the flavour stateside.

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Ostensibly, Nestlé’s candy-shelled Canadian chocolate pieces aren’t very odd, until you consider what they are called. After all, they’re basically just M&M’s (which are made by Mars), with a new name. However, Nestlé calls them “Smarties,” which is also the name of a completely different, wafer-like candy made in the U.S. by a company of the same name. Further complicating things, Canadians actually have a version of American Smarties in their country, but they are called “Rockets.” Got all that?

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Thrills Gum

Leave it to the Canadians to weird-up something as simple as gum. Over a hundred years ago, the oddly-named O-Pee-Chee company of London, Ontario, started producing bubble gum that would soon polarize the country. Although many residents adored the purple product called “Thrills,” many spurned its distinctive rosewater flavour, claiming it tasted like soap. Nestlé bought the company in the 1980s and moved production to Spain, where it is currently produced under the Willy Wonka brand, with recent packaging proudly stating: “It still tastes like soap!”

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You may be relieved to learn that these beaver tails contain no real animal (or human) parts. Made to satisfy your sweet tooth, these long flat slabs of fried dough are made with whole wheat flour and topped with yumminess like hazelnut spread, Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter or cinnamon and sugar. 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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Peameal Bacon

Coating pork loin in cornmeal doesn’t sound very sexy, but to bacon lovers, it just might be the greatest thing since sliced bread. A less fatty option of the tasty protein, Toronto is the epicentre of all things peameal bacon. Its Canadian roots run deep, dating back to the mid-1800s when shipping fresh pork to England before the days of refrigeration was risky business. Curing it with plenty of salt and rolling it a fine meal made of yellow peas ensured the meat was edible upon arrival. The most delicious variation may be found grilled and served on a bun at Carousel Bakery in St. Lawrence Market.

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