{Food} Smarties vs. Smarties

by Leighann on July 20, 2012

I know sometimes Canadian d-moms and dads are confused when Americans say we use Smarties to treat low blood sugars.

Why is that confusing, you ask?

Because in America, Smarties are rolls of small tablets which are pure sugar. Their first ingredient is dextrose, the same as glucose tablets. I always say that they are cheaper than glucose tabs, and a heck of a lot more fun!

But in Canada, Smarties are similar to M&Ms. They are candy coated pieces of chocolate.

I don’t get to Canada often. In fact the last time I was in Canada was during my honeymoon ten years ago. So needless to say I have never had Canadian Smarties…until now.

At Friends For Life we were in the lobby and Q started talking to Team Type 1 cyclist Chris Scully. Chris offered Q a box of Smarties, which we happily accepted and put in our backpack to enjoy once we were back from our trip.

Verdict? I’m a chocolate snob so I thought they were just okay. In all fairness I think M&Ms are a waste of chocolate. The candy coating was crunchier than M&Ms and the chocolate had a bit of a different flavor. But the kids ate them up and asked how we were going to get more Canadian Smarties.

It was really all about the novelty of trying something new. Plus, they were a gift from a new diabetes friend!

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Further Reading

Forbidden Fruit or Good Hypo Treatment?

How Low Can You Go? (Cost comparison of several low blood sugar treatments)

Canadian D-gal (Chris Scully’s blog)

Team Type 1

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Scully July 20, 2012 at 8:09 am

Haha! I’m a chocolate snob too and I prefer MnMs over smarties.
This was cute! Thanks


2 Bernard Farrell July 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

These are the same Smarties that I grew up with in Ireland. You can usually order them online at BritishDelights.com, though they don’t appear to have them right now. (I guess they’re also available at Amazon) My kids love these, and Cadbury’s buttons. Yum


3 kristina July 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

Oh wow – I had no idea! I think I’d take our Smarties over theirs any day! 🙂


4 Brandy Slater July 20, 2012 at 11:38 am

Thanks for writing this great blog! I am a new reader (and mom to a newly diagnosed CWD). I appreciate all you share!!


5 Jan July 20, 2012 at 3:33 pm

The US Smarties look like Canadian Rockets


6 Leighann July 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Now I want to try Rockets 🙂


7 Serenia July 21, 2012 at 9:40 pm

YES, what you show as Smarties, in Canada are called Rockets.

I actually prefer M&M’s – because the candy coating melts in your mouth and not in your hand – as the advertising goes.

Chocolate smarties – the candy shell is too hard, and too brittle when it breaks, IMO.


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