August 2018: Snack Foods

We’re approaching the dog days of summer: sunshine, beach days, floppy hats… and ice cream, pretzels, chocolate milkshakes…

Yes, summertime is the season of snacking, and snack foods are our featured topic for this month.  Salty or sweet, snacks are an addictive treat with a surprisingly complex history.


Candy Bites: The Science of Sweets Snacks: a Canadian food history The donut: a Canadian history Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Modern Food Sugar and Civilization: American Empire and the Cultural Politics of Sweetness Cadbury's Purple Reign: The Story Behind Chocolate's Best–Loved Brand



Public Opinion Polls

National Angus Reid Poll, September 1994 [Canada]

From 1990-1995, National Angus Reid Polls Polls measure the opinions of Canadians on topics such as politics and current events. This particular poll includes a lengthy section measuring Canadians’ opinions on snack foods, including the wide variety of potato chip flavours available in 1994.

Chart: There are too many flavours of chips. Disagree strongly: 9.9%. Disagree moderately: 12.4%. Neutral: 16.4%. Agree moderately: 20.3%. Agree strongly: 41%.

Ontario Health Survey, 1990

The Ontario health survey is designed to provide baseline statistical data on the health of the Ontario population. The survey includes an extensive set of questions about nutrition, including the consumption of various snack foods.

Chart: How much ice cream do you have each time? 1 scoop: 38%. 2 scoops: 49.2%. 3 or more scoops: 12.8%.

Geographic Data

Food Distribution Point (2017)

This map layer includes the locations of food distribution depots across Canada including, but not limited to, supermarkets, convenience stores, and restaurants. Click on a green dot to see the details about the location.

Screenshot of the Food Distribution Point layer in the Scholars GeoPortal, with the details for a Godiva Chocolatier location in downtown Toronto highlighted.