This, my friends, is a beaver!!
Sadly, I didn’t take this photo and haven’t seen a beaver in real life – yet! I have however seen a beavertail.
Let me catch you up!
Way back in 1978 a new pastry hit the streets in Canada. It was long and flat and shaped like a beaver’s tail, so naturally it was called just that!
Since then beavertails have become part of Canada’s cultural identity. There are over 80 BeaverTails outlets across Canada and even two in Saudi Arabia. Rumour has it that there may soon be outlets in Japan, Lebanon and Egypt.
Whenever visitors from Australia arrive I always make sure they experience a beavertail. The pastry tastes similar to a dounut, but you can get a variety of toppings. You can play it safe and order an original beavertail with cinnamon, sugar and lemon, or you can order one of the savory toppings available such as cheese and garlic, or if you are feeling like a sugar rush, you have an array of choices. Here’s just a few:
- Maple butter (this isn’t really butter; it’s a pure maple syrup product)
- Chocolate hazelnut
- Banana and chocolate
- Apple and cinnamon (with swirls of caramel)
- Vanilla icing with crumbled Oreo
- Chocolate hazelnut with Reese’s Pieces and peanut butter drizzle
To be left in no doubt as to their popularity, the BeaverTails company use 21.1 tons of chocolate hazelnut spread per year – equivalent to the weight of five elephants and 12 beavers.
Special notice: No beavers were harmed in the writing of this post.