Chocolate-Cream Biscuits from our Fine 52nd State

While I was in Seattle for PAX Prime, my Canadian buddy Val and I were having a discussion about how foods are different in Canada vs. the United States based on what they and we can/can’t put in our food.  Discussions about how things like Corn Pops are slimy and different in the United States came up.  I’ve been going to Vancouver since I was a little girl and every time I did I’ve always remembered the discrepancy in the tastes.  Also, as an added bonus, post-trans fat regulation Oreos in the States taste much different than what they were before, but never really bothersome to me or noticeable.  Well, are Oreos really different in Canada?  Let’s find out:

CANADIAN OREOS:

SUGAR, ENRICHED WHEAT FLOUR, COCONUT OIL SHORTENING, VEGETABLE OIL AND MODIFIED PALM WITH TBHQ AND  CITRIC ACID OR VEGETABLE OIL SHORTENING (VEGETALE, MODIFIED PALM, MODIFIED PALM KERNEL), COCOA,  CORN STARCH, GLUCOSE, SALT, SOYA LECITHIN, SODIUM BICARBONATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR.

AMERICAN OREOS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE, MONONITRATE {B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {B2}, FOLIC ACID), HIGH OLEIC CANOLA OIL AND/OR PALM OIL AND/OR CANOLA OIL AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORNSTARCH LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE.

Ooh la la!

Ooh la la! Om nom nom!

So basically, the ingredients list is completely different.  Stephie and I took one in the name of taste-testing yesterday and figured out that indeed, American Oreos are different — the cream is creamier and the chocolate biscuits are moister. You can’t do that pullapart thing that Oreos are known for here in the States; if you do try to twist them, the cookie falls apart because the cream is tougher.  As for the creamy taste, the Canadian filling is drier, but tastes pretty much the same.  The real difference is in the biscuit, and what you can really taste in the Canadian version is the shortening, which has absolutely no presence in the American version.  it’s probably why the biscuits taste drier, even though visually the cookie looks the same.

How do the nutrition facts stack up? Well, at first glance, the Canadian Oreos seem healthier, until you look at the serving size. A serving size of American cookies is 3 cookies, while Canadians only get the numbers for 2 cookies as portion control. American cookies have less saturated fat compared to Canadian ones (2 grams per 3 cookies as opposed to 3 grams for 2 cookies). All the other numbers are relatively comparable otherwise.

Food regulation different in every country and what you can and can’t put in your food vastly changes the taste. What foods and drinks do you find different when you travel abroad? Let me know, so I may consume all of them… err, I mean, perform semi-objective, scientific taste tests on them. Yeahhhh.

np: “Grow Up” by Chromeo

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4 Responses to Chocolate-Cream Biscuits from our Fine 52nd State

  1. Yenian says:

    What’s the 51st State, if Canada is 52?

  2. Val says:

    I’ll have to try your American Oreos since ours taste different. Personally, I like the fact that I can understand our ingredient list better. There’s not as many things that sound like chemicals in our cookies. Next I come visit you, we will see which is truly the better cookie!

    • Julie says:

      We shall see!

      TBH, I can taste shortening in almost anything, which when I read the ingredients list and compared it, it made a lot of sense. They’re drier and our ingredients list isn’t as flushed out as you think it is – the sublist for “Enriched Flour” is something we’re required to do in the USA when there’s a certain amount of processing, which you guys don’t have to do in Canada by regulation.

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