Thursday, May 24, 2007

Cross-border relations: We're in a real pickle

A silent war is being waged between two powerful neighbors. Canada and the U.S. are, unbeknown to most of us, fighting a bitter battle over who makes the better junk food.

A recent, informal taste test amongst employees of The New York Times dealt a decisive blow, although points were scored for and against. Participants tasted four flavors of Canadian potato chips currently unavailable to American audiences.

Roast chicken chips, "taste like ramen noodles," according Laurie, a taste tester. Ketchup chips taste, "exactly like a chip dipped in ketchup, if you like that sort of thing," said Ross.

On to the all-dressed chip, a secret blend of ingredients that is distinctly Canadian. This one was a hit! The flavours were bold, inventive and strangely addictive.

The clincher, however, was the humble dill pickle. "This is the best potato chip I've ever tasted!" Jim exclaimed. And Lillie has found a "new favorite."

Another battle quietly won through negotiation, reason and sheer good taste.

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