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!
How Low Can You Go? (Cost comparison of several low blood sugar treatments)
Canadian D-gal (Chris Scully’s blog)
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