Snacks is a history of Canadian snack foods, of the independent producers and workers who make them, and of the consumers who can't put them down. Janis Thiessen profiles several iconic Canadian snack food companies, including Old Dutch Potato Chips, Hawkins Cheezies, and chocolate maker Ganong. These companies have developed in distinctive ways, reflecting the unique stories of their founders and their intense connection to specific locations. These stories of salty or sweet confections also reveal a history that is at odds with popular notions of "junk food." Through extensive oral history and archival research, Thiessen uncovers the roots of our deep loyalties to different snack foods, what it means to be an independent snack food producer, and the often-quirky ways snacks have been created and marketed.
Clearly written, extensively illustrated, and lavish with detail about some of Canadians' favorite snacks, this is a lively and entertaining look at food and labour history.
Janis Thiessen is an Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.
Acknowledgments Introduction Old Dutch Potato Chips: A Canadian Company? The Changing Chip Industry: Potato Growers and Federated Fine Foods Corporate Mythology and Culinary Tourism: Hardbite and Covered Bridge Potato Chips Cheezies: A No Growth Model The "Romance" of Chocolate: Paulins, Moirs, and Ganong Candy Manufacturers: Surviving in an Anti-Sugar World Kids Bids Television: Advertising and Child Consumers Conclusion