Canada is home to some absolutely incredible artisanal-made foods – and Quebec in particular has proven to be a nationwide hub for some of the best. From the finest dark and glossy maple syrup to flavourful spice blends that can take your home cooking to the next level, these products just have that distinctly Quebecois je ne c’est quoi that can’t be beat. If you can’t plan a trip to Quebec to pick these up IRL, all of them are available online nationally, too. Whether you’re looking for the perfect host gift or just a little something to treat yourself, read on for our top picks that will instantly spark joy.
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Nos Cabanes 12-Months Whiskey Barrel Aged Pure Maple Syrup
There’s maple syrup, and then there’s maple syrup that’s aged for 12 months in Tennessee whiskey barrels. The alcohol-free result is rich and complex – making for a totally sophisticated drizzle over your next batch of pancakes or chicken and waffles. We also love the idea of stirring it into a cocktail for a spin on simple syrup, or even adding it to meat marinades for a touch of smoky sweetness.
Bela Peko Gourmet Dessert Mixes
We’re all for any product that can simplify our lives, and these gourmet dessert mixes from Bela Peko deliver tenfold. Not only is the branding incredibly chic, these dessert mixes each contain premeasured puréed vegetables and dry ingredients so you can whip up healthy dessert recipes in a snap! Featuring more fibre and less sugar than your average dessert mix, all you have to do is add eggs and oil for a seriously impressive dessert. Made in Quebec City, these tasty dessert mixes come in intriguing flavours like chocolate and beet brownie mix, almond and sweet potato cake and more.
Allo Simone Hazelnut, Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nibs Spread
Trust us, this is not your average chocolate-hazelnut spread. This luxuriously rich spread contains 54% hazelnuts and is free of gluten, peanuts, oil and preservatives, so you know you’re getting only the good stuff. Spread it on toast for the ultimate decadent breakfast, swirl it overtop your baked goods for a little extra oomph, or just eat it straight out of the jar (we won’t blame you).
c'est BONBON Gummies Sour Mix
These Montreal-made candies are so soft and bursting with nostalgic flavours, they’re the perfect addition to your next movie night or party spread. Plus, they’re gluten- and fat-free, and also come in vegan options so everyone can enjoy them.
Stefano Faita Marinara Sauce
The Stefano Faita brand is one to watch – the brainchild of notable Montreal restaurant duo Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione (who also happens to be a chef on Food Network Canada’s Wall of Chefs) has been steadily building an empire of must-have food products, including wine, soup, charcuterie, pasta, olive oils, pizza, and just about everything in between. Their pasta sauce is one of their top products, and for good reason: it’s a family recipe and contains only simple and authentic ingredients.
Les Rescapés Apple Pie Fruit Spread
This Montreal-based brand has a seriously cool backstory: all of their products are handmade from unsold fruits that otherwise would have ended up being tossed out. Not only are they eliminating food waste, they’re creating a product that’s totally delicious. All of their products are vegan and low in sugar, and are developed by their in-house chef Guillaume Cantin.
Les Filles Fattoush Aleppo Kitchen Set
If you’re looking to add more Middle Eastern flavours to your kitchen, look no further than Les Filles Fattoush. This social enterprise offers Syrian refugee women from Montreal a first, meaningful work experience once they arrive in Canada. In return, they provide their culinary expertise in the Les Filles Fattoush kitchen and facilities. This set combines all the essentials of Middle Eastern cooking, but you can also buy products individually.
Kanel Spices Quebec Maple Smoked Salt Spice Blend
These small-batch salt and spice blends from Montreal are your answer to delicious, unfussy meals. Made with premium sustainable ingredients and no preservatives, fillers, hidden allergens or artificial flavourings, you can feel confident in your seasoning game without having to spend precious time agonizing over how to season that steak or what to sprinkle over top your potatoes. The Maple Smoked Salt Spice Blend is sweet and smoky with hints of maple. The comforting blend is a nod to Montreal steak spice, with an extra touch of elevated gourmet.