Canadians like to believe that we get all the same fine consumer products as they do in the United States. But it isn't true.
For instance, for years Dr Pepper was not available here (or at least in Quebec). We don't have as many brand extension choices for Tropicana orange juice. The chocolate bar 100 Grand is not sold here (except in a handful of spciality shops at higher prices). And Canadian kids must go without some great cereals.
I think scarcity makes many of these products taste better. It's exciting to drive to Plattsburg, NY and return with 10 packages of fat-free Lays (the ones with Olestra that Health Canada prohibits) or cans of Coca-Cola with Splenda.
Perhaps the most famous item not sold in Canada is Cookie Crisp cereal by General Mills. I'm not sure why.
The good news is I discovered a major supermarket in Montreal that sells the cereal with it's illegal English-only packaging. I won't say where. I don't want to get them in trouble. They have lots of other US-only stuff. E-mail me if you want to know.
Anyway, is there anything better than the sight of Cookie Crisp in the cereal aisle?