When I think of Canada, two things come to mind; maple syrup and Bret 'The Hitman' Hart. I was a huge wrestling fan growing up, and had a fair to middling obsession with Shawn Michaels - but that's another story. I adore maple syrup; perfect in porridge, on pancakes or drizzled over warm cakes. Not as sweet as golden syrup and not as harsh as honey, this is the perfect natural answer to sort those sugar cravings.
My pals at Abra-ca-Debora and Clark's Maple have joined forces once more to create a killer snack time tag team. You don't even have to make the pancakes yourselves. Simply use thee Rafflecopter widget below to enter my giveaway - you can win all the goodies shown below!
Ever the geek, I enjoyed learning a little more about our Canadian friends. Here's the top ten facts given to me by the studious folk at Clark's...
- Canada got its name by mistake. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’). The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada
- Canada is approximately 3,855,103 square miles in size and comprises of six time zones. About a third of Canada's land lies within the Arctic Circle
- Canada produces approximately 27 million litres of maple syrup per year. 75% of the world's maple syrup comes from Quebec. Clarks is the UK’s best selling maple syrup
- Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world at 151,600 miles
- The CN Tower in Toronto was the world's tallest free-standing structure until it was eclipsed by the Burj Khalifa, Dubai in 2009
- Canada has almost a million lakes. There is a lake in Manitoba called Lake Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik which translates in English to ‘where the wild trout are caught by fishing with hooks’
- Hockey and Lacrosse are Canada’s national sports
- Ryan Gosling, Mike Myers, Pamela Anderson, James Cameron and Michael J Fox were all born in Canada
- The maple leaf is a Canadian symbol and features prominently on the national flag. Adopted in 1965 to replace the Union Flag, it is the first ever specified by statute law for use as the country's national flag
- Maple Syrup was originally a sweet drink, discovered by the Algonquin Indians who collected sap from Canadian sugar maple trees and then boiled to produce delicious beverage
How to Enter
Thanks once again to Clark's, and of course to the lovely people at Abra-ca-Debora for this great prize. Please feel free to pop over to both their Facebook and Twitter pages to say hello!