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Smarties, My Ancestral Candy

20 December 2009 2,950 views 13 Comments

Dear Emily G.,

I can’t tell you how much fun it was to get your fanciful care package from your trip to Canada. I knew what it contained (since I asked you to send it) but the way you decorated the envelop was so endearing:

mysterious package

I can’t remember the last time (if ever) I’ve taken a picture of a mailer but this one was so cute.

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Inside the lovingly prepared exterior was a consumer product near and dear to my heart — Smarties. Not the chalky kind wrapped in clear plastic that we know in the U.S. but Smarties from Canada.

Smarties are like Canadian M&Ms but with a thicker candy shell. I’ve always loved them because I couldn’t get them in the states so they were for special occasions — when we visited family in Canada or at the canteen during summer camp in Algonquin Park outside of Toronto.

smarties

Adam compared the Smartie to the M&M and he likes M&M’s more because they emphasize his favorite food — chocolate. Another blogger compared the two in a more scientific way. But personally, Smarties take me back to my innocent, faster-metabolism days and made me very happy.

Thank you so much!

Jodi

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  • epgoodstein

    YAY YAY YAY! I am so glad they arrived, you didn't think i was crazy for decorating the envelope (my colleagues did), and you enjoyed the candy delicacy as much as I knew you would. i look forward to the day when we are professional food writers (will this happen?) and we attend a candy show in canada and just surround ourselves with everything smartie. i also love that i have a special tag on your blog. thanks jodi! xo

  • epgoodstein

    YAY YAY YAY! I am so glad they arrived, you didn't think i was crazy for decorating the envelope (my colleagues did), and you enjoyed the candy delicacy as much as I knew you would. i look forward to the day when we are professional food writers (will this happen?) and we attend a candy show in canada and just surround ourselves with everything smartie. i also love that i have a special tag on your blog. thanks jodi! xo

  • http://adamnorwood.com/ Adam Norwood

    Always awesome to get out-of-market international candy in the mail! Funny timing for your post, too: I was just talking to Mark at work the other day about the whole Smarties / Rockets / Fizzers naming confusion (who in America thought it'd be a good idea to name the little rolls of candy pills “Smarties”, when that was already a wildly popular candy name for over 60 years everywhere else?).

  • http://thefoodieblog.blogspot.com/ Jaye (FoodPorncess)

    Smarties are my favorite (or should I say, “favourite”) candy next to Skittles. In fact, at this moment, three big Christmas tubes of them sit in my candy drawer. Did you know that you can get them at Fiesta? That's why I have three tubes. I just found out!

  • jodibart

    I'm just sorry that I didn't thank you sooner but I thought this was deserving of a stand-alone blog post. We'll have to find an excuse to attend a candy show in Canada some day — professional food writers or not! You are the best, Emily G :-)

  • jodibart

    Your comments are always some of the most interesting. I learned about the history of all of this in researching this blog and found the Wikipedia entry on Smarties very interesting as well. Here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smarties

  • jodibart

    BEST. NEWS. EVER. Thank you, Jaye! I'm going to check out Fiesta this week :-))

  • jodibart

    I'm just sorry that I didn't thank you sooner but I thought this was deserving of a stand-alone blog post. We'll have to find an excuse to attend a candy show in Canada some day — professional food writers or not! You are the best, Emily G :-)

  • jodibart

    Your comments are always some of the most interesting. I learned about the history of all of this in researching this blog and found the Wikipedia entry on Smarties very interesting as well. Here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smarties

  • jodibart

    BEST. NEWS. EVER. Thank you, Jaye! I'm going to check out Fiesta this week :-))

  • jodibart

    I'm just sorry that I didn't thank you sooner but I thought this was deserving of a stand-alone blog post. We'll have to find an excuse to attend a candy show in Canada some day — professional food writers or not! You are the best, Emily G :-)

  • jodibart

    Your comments are always some of the most interesting. I learned about the history of all of this in researching this blog and found the Wikipedia entry on Smarties very interesting as well. Here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S

  • jodibart

    BEST. NEWS. EVER. Thank you, Jaye! I'm going to check out Fiesta this week :-))