Poutine? Nanaimo bars? Viral video shows the new culinary north-south divide.
A Buzzfeed video of Americans reacting to Canadian snack foods has gone viral, with more than 1.2 million hits since being uploaded over the weekend, for introducing viewers to foods like nanaimo bars and poutine under a barrage of cheeky commentary.
It doesn’t start off well for the contingent of Canadian food representatives.
“I didn’t know Canada had a cuisine,” is the opening line of the two-minute video entitled “Americans try Canadian snacks for the first time”.
The video descriptor reads: “Food from our neighbours up north...how different can it be?”
Apparently, despite sharing the longest undefended border in the world, speaking the same language, and sharing credit for some of the world’s biggest celebrities (Jim Carrey, Rachel McAdams and Mike Myers are Canadian, despite the confusion), the culinary gap is large, judging by the reaction of the American taste testers.