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“Poutine Please!” – Searches for Comfort Food Spike as Temperatures Plummet

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As temperatures in Canada plummet, with reports of blizzards, deep freezes, and heavy snowfall, new data reveals that searches for warming foods are surging as Canadians look for recipes to prepare them for the cold snap.

Research by meal-box company Chefs Plate reveals the most-searched comfort foods nationally, with poutine leading the way with 165,000 average monthly searches. After arriving in Quebec in the late 1950s, the French fries, cheese, and gravy dish soared in popularity. In fact, over the last 30 days, “how to make poutine at home” surged by 5,000% and “poutine easy recipe” surged by 110%.

In second place, soup had over 49,500 searches, followed by nanaimo bars and perogies with 40,500 searches, respectively. 

Chefs Plate analysed Canadian comfort foods, along with a list of typical winter recipes and extracted search volumes across the recent winter months (October to December 2023) to crown Canada’s top comfort foods.

Canadian’s top winter comfort foods

  1. Poutine
  2. Soup
  3. Nanaimo Bars
  4. Perogies
  5. Butter Tart
  6. Mashed Potatoes
  7. Beaver Tails
  8. Bannock
  9. Apple Cider
  10. Shortbread 

When it came to the most lusted-over recipes, the data highlights that butternut squash soup was the most-searched, with 90.5k average monthly searches. Followed by pumpkin pie and beef stew, with 60,5000 average monthly searches each. 

Most searched recipes nationally

  1. Butternut squash soup
  2. Pumpkin pie
  3. Beef stew
  4. Shepherd’s Pie
  5. Apple Pie
  6. Green Bean Casserole 
  7. French Bean Casserole
  8. Sweet Potato Casserole
  9. Chicken Pot Pie

The data also reveals that in the last three months, searches for ‘tourtière’ are up 311%, searches for ‘butter tart’ are up 173% and searches for ‘nanaimo bars’ are up 83%.

A spokesperson from Canadian recipe-box subscription service Chefs Plate said: “When the temperature drops, our bodies crave hearty, comforting and warming dishes, which is why it’s no surprise to see poutine, beaver tails, and perogies among the top searches right now.

Eating foods like these helps to warm the body from the inside and can also combat low energy and circulation.”

See ChefsPlate’s affordable meal subscription options here, with flexible winter warming meal plans to suit busy families, from $8.99 per serving. 

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