Confectionery: Laura Secord 🍁

Name: Laura Secord Chocolates

Products: Chocolates, ice cream

Manufactured In: Quebec?

Where to Buy: 90+ stores from Saskatchewan east

Website: laurasecord.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Named after the heroine of the War of 1812, Laura Secord has long been a staple in Ontario and Quebec, beginning in 1913 and growing rapidly in the ensuing years. From its initial Canadian ownership, it changed hands several times, having owners from the UK, Switzerland and the USA over the years. in 2012, Quebec company Nutri-art restored its Canadian ownership.

Confectionery: SOMA Chocolatemaker 🍁

Name: SOMA Chocolatemaker

Products: CHOCOLATE!!

Manufactured In: Toronto, Ontario

Where to Buy: At their boutique in Toronto and other retailers, online

Website: somachocolate.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

The submission we got from a SOMA customer says they make the best chocolate outside of Western Europe. That’s a big claim, but I’m willing to try them out next time I’m in the area. They ship most products worldwide, except those that are too delicate to survive shipping.

Confectionery: Peace By Chocolate 🍁

Name: Peace By Chocolate

Products: Chocolates

Manufactured In: Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Where to Buy: peacebychocolate.ca/pages/vendors

Website: peacebychocolate.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the story of the Hadhad family, Syrian refugees (and chocolatiers), who immigrated to Canada and opened a chocolate factory in Antigonish. Since arriving in 2016, they’ve built a very successful business, and recently landed national distribution of their chocolates with Sobey’s.

Snacks: Dare Foods 🍁

Name: Dare Foods

Products: Crackers, cookies, bread, candy

Manufactured In: Several factories in the US and Canada  (Milton, ON, and North York, ON as well as other locations)

Where to buy: Retailers around the world

Website: www.darefoods.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Now operating for nearly 100 years, Dare Foods is a manufacturer of some very popular brands of cookies, crackers, and candy. They are best known for their Bear Paws, Viva Puffs, Wagon Wheels, and Maple Leaf Cremé cookies.

Confectionery: OMG’s 🍁

Name: OMG’s

Products: Chocolate clusters

Manufactured In: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Where to buy: Retailers around the country

Website: omgs.ca

Canadian Owned: Yes

OMG’s, as seen on Season 6 of Dragon’s Den, is a very popular brand of chocolate clusters. They have several different flavours, dark, milk, and peanut among them. I can personally verify that these are some delicious pieces of candy. They are manufactured in a factory in the St. James District of Winnipeg.

Confectionery: Purdys Chocolatiers 🍁

Name: Purdys Chocolatiers

Products: Chocolates, Truffles, Bars, Jellies

Manufactured in: Vancouver, BC

Where to buy: Across Canada and on line

Website: purdys.com

Canadian owned: Yes

A staple at malls throughout Canada, Purdys has been making fine chocolates since 1907 in Vancouver. If you haven’t had one of their hedgehogs, go to one of their stores – now. Obviously they import their cocoa, as cocoa beans don’t grow in Canada, but they buy only sustainable cocoa – more expensive, but more respectful of our planet.

Confectionery: Newfoundland Chocolate Company 🍁

Name: Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Products: Belgian and French style chocolates

Manufactured in: St. John’s, Newfoundland

Where to Buy: List of retailers

Website: newfoundlandchocolatecompany.com

Canadian Owned: Yes

Newfoundland Chocolate Company has grown from humble beginnings in 2008, started by two graduate students, to being available in a variety of retailers across the country. They source as many ingredients as possible locally, and make fresh truffles locally at their retail stores in Newfoundland.

Confections: Nestlé 📈

Name: Nestlé

Products: Coffee Crisp, KitKat, Smarties

Manufactured In: Toronto, ON

Website: www.nestle.com

Canadian Owned: No

The retaliatory tariffs list includes chocolate, licorice, and confectionery products. Luckily, there are many manufacturers of such products in Canada. Nestlé is one such manufacturer. They produce Coffee Crisp, KitKat, and Smarties in Toronto. There are many other confectioners in Canada, so make sure to check out the Confectionery page.

Bread and Confections: Canada Bread 📈

Name: Canada Bread

Products: Various bread products and pastries

Manufactured In: Across Canada

Website: www.canadabread.com

Canadian Owned: No

Canada Bread is a producer and distributor of bread and bakery products through Canada. They’re owned by the Mexican company Grupo Bimbo, and according to Wikipedia, operate 17 bakeries and employ about 4,000 Canadians.  They own several brands of bread and confectionery products.

  • Villaggio
  • Stonemill
  • Pom
  • Dempster’s
  • Bon Matin
  • Vachon
  • Ben’s

Vachon is known for being the brand containing classic Candian snacks such as the Jos Louis, the May West, the Ah Caramel!, and the  ½ Moon, more commonly known as the ½ Lune Moon due to their packaging. While they’re not owned by a Canadian company, they also aren’t American, and they employ many Canadians.