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Nov 24, 2013

Review: Canadian Butter Tarts

My brother recently returned from a business trip to Canada and I requested Butter Tarts because I read that they're a Canadian thing and we don't have them here in the US.

So what is a butter tart? It's basically like a pecan tart but without the pecans and with a runnier filling (no cornstarch).

A 265g supermarket pack of six tarts (he ate one before giving them to me) was $3.89 CAN (~$3.68 US).

Like some croissants at the supermarket bakery, these particular butter tarts don't actually contain butter! They're made of shortening, palm oil, and margarine instead.

Beside not being very buttery (disappointment!), these were ridiculously sweet. It's pretty much caramelized syrup inside of a mini-pie crust. The only reason it doesn't spill out the top is that the syrup formed a skin/crust during baking. I would not recommend walking around and eating one of these due to the possibly sticky mess.

The liquidy filling is kept from being too monotonous by the occasional raisin. Other than that, it's a bit like eating a waffle swimming in syrup.

Overall, these butter tarts were way too sweet for me and should be called 'syrup tarts' or 'sugar tarts.' Try them if you really like (non-maple) syrup (or are just curious).

Nutritional Info - Canadian Butter Tarts
Serving Size - 1 tart
Calories - 160 (from Fat -54)
Fat - 6g (Saturated Fat - 2.5g)
Sodium - 75mg
Carbs - 25g (Sugar - 20g)
Protein - 1g


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7 comments :

  1. I'm buying it then and getting some reparations for all these years of buying $5 latte's. I'll hit em' up 3 or 4 times a day at different locations if necessary. I'll be shaking like a crack head the whole month of January.

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  2. Shouldn't they call it Japanese Fried Chicken then? Where's my 11 herbs and spices yo?

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  3. I wish they'd come out with that here, I love chicken karaage!

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  4. It's sort of a shame that your first butter tart experience was with a store bought product. I am an American living in Canada and had never heard of butter tarts before moving up here. I now count them among my favourite desserts. Opinions vary widely on butter tarts. Some like them runny, others, firm. Flaky or crumbly crust? Raisins? Plain? Pecans? are also familiar debates. But no matter, it is a quintessentially Ontario Canada treat and if you ever get back up here, you definitely need to check out the Butter Tart Tour, with more than 30 bakeries baking butter tarts fresh daily, just 1 hour east of Toronto in the Kawarthas Northumberland area. The Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/ButterTartTour?ref=hl

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  5. This would be so good here!

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  6. Yeah, supermarket bakery items tend to be mediocre, but maybe someday I'll get up to Canada and get one from an actual bakery.

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  7. My daughter ordered it in the first hours, got the box and the invoice said the mug was inside and instead it was a can of mocha powder -some deal for $65 or any price. Now they want to give her 15% off of something. Yeah right.

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