In honour of Canada Day, some interesting facts about two Canadian favourites

Jun 25, 2012
Coffee Crisp and Smarties: Canadian favourites! In Canada, we have many options when it comes to our chocolate treats. And although we have a lot to choose from, there are a few products that stand out as favourites of Canadians everywhere. So whether you live here or abroad, these two brands may give you a taste of home:


Smarties are unique to Canada within North America – and the brand is a long-time favourite in a number of other countries, including the UK, Germany, Australia, South Africa. However, if you ask for Smarties south of the border, you’ll be in for a totally different kind of treat!

Initially named 'Chocolate Beans', the Smarties brand has held a special place in people's hearts since 1937. Continuous product improvements, including a shift to natural flavours and no artificial colours in Canada, ensure Smarties remain a popular choice for kids and adults alike.

Coffee Crisp

Originally from the United Kingdom, this delicious wafer bar made its way into the hearts (and stomachs!) of Canadians during the 1930s. Now exclusive to Canada, certain Coffee Crisp formats are produced at a factory in west Toronto, Ontario. While the original Coffee Crisp is still the longstanding favourite, over the years Canadians have been treated to a wide variety of limited editions: including French Vanilla, Raspberry and Maple! Coffee Crisp was also featured on a recent Huffington Post Canada list called “25 Reasons Why Canada Rocks” – further proof supporting Coffee Crisp as a perennial Canadian classic!

Smarties and Coffee Crisp: Making the world a sweeter place through The Cocoa Plan

The Cocoa Plan is Nestlé’s program dedicated to improving the lives of farmers in cocoa-growing regions of the world, and to ensure the sustainability of cocoa – a very important ingredient in the chocolate produced here in Canada.

Through The Cocoa Plan, Nestlé is working to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers through a number of programs including: distributing higher-yield, disease-resistant plants that produce more income for farmers; providing education for farmers and their families;  improving infrastructure in farming communities; and addressing and eliminating the use of child labour in the cocoa supply chain.

In Canada, all cocoa used in regular size formats of Kit Kat, Smarties, Aero and Coffee Crisp is sourced through The Cocoa Plan, and Canada is one of the first five countries in the world to introduce Cocoa Plan sourced chocolate. This is just one more reason to be a proud Canadian – and to be proud to name Kit Kat, Smarties, Aero and Coffee Crisp among your favourites!

For more information on The Cocoa Plan, please visit: