Canada is issuing a set to celebrate the unique flavors of Canadian desserts.
When you think of Canadian cuisine, you probably imagine Canadian bacon, pancakes and maple syrup, and poutine. What you might not know (unless you live in Canada and enjoy these delicious treats on the daily) is that there is a wide variety of Canadian desserts that feature uniquely Canadian ingredients.
And to celebrate this fact, Canada’s postal service is issuing a new set of stamps that feature some delectable desserts from all over Canada.
Starting with the French-Canadian classic, the sugar pie. This pastry made from flour, butter, salt, vanilla, cream, and brown sugar or maple syrup (and often both!) is a staple in Quebec bakeries. It traces its origins to France and Belgium, and can even be found in the American Midwest as the sugar cream pie.
Next up is the butter tart. This sweet treat is basically just butter, sugar, syrup, and egg all whipped into a delightfully jelly-like consistency and placed in the middle of a tart. Sometimes the top is packed with a crunchy material, such as nuts, or sometimes raisins. It’s very similar to a pecan pie, only miniaturized.
Heading out to the Western provinces brings us the Saskatoon berry pie. It’s basically a pie but filled with Saskatoon berries, which are a sweet, nutty berry related to and reminiscent of a blueberry.
Speaking of blueberries, heading back to the eastern provinces of Canada brings us the blueberry grunt. It’s basically a blueberry cobbler, but with a distinctive twist of throwing a bunch of biscuit batter into the middle of the baking pan. This steams the dough and makes a “grunting” noise, hence the name.
Finally, we arrive in always-rainy Nanaimo, British Columbia, where the famous Nanaimo bar was born. This distinctly Canadian candy bar is made of three layers: a wafer bottom, custard butter-icing middle, and a chocolate ganache top. The middle layer is often replaced by other fillings such as peanut butter.
You can pick up these delicious stamps from Canada Post for $4.50 for a pack of five. But they’re only good for mailing things in Canada, sadly.