Monday, February 20, 2012


I'm sure everyone is dying to know: What the heck is a BeaverTail?

Seriously? With chocolate hazelnut spread? Ewwww. Exactly, that would be gross, however in Ottawa, a BeaverTail looks like this (I think they are called elephant ears in some places in the US):

A BeaverTail is a whole wheat pastry, stretched to look vaguely like a beaver tail, that is then deep fried and then topped with sweet or savory toppings. I have to confess, the classic cinnamon sugar is my favourite, although I do like the maple butter version. Chocolate is popular and I used to like the raspberry jam that they no longer carry. My daughter liked the garlic and mozzarella cheese topping. Okay, so we pretty much like them all.

BeaverTails were "invented" in Ottawa, and used to be almost exclusively found in winter, but now the franchise is spreading world-wide, including Saudi Arabia and the US. (I still think they taste best in the freezing cold, with some hot apple cider while eating them by a fire like Omar and Lucas did.)

Some interesting facts from the company:
  • Since 1981, more than 8,000 young Canadians have worked for the BeaverTails operations in the
    nation’s capital alone.
  • BeaverTails uses 21.1 tons of chocolate hazelnut spread per year - equivalent to the weight of 5
    elephants and 12 beavers.
  • Since BeaverTails’ debut in 1978, enough BeaverTails have been sold to make a straight line of
    tails, end-to-end, from their store on the boardwalk in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, to the  two Whistler Ski Resort stores in British Columbia.
How famous are BeaverTails? Well, When Hillary Clinton came to the city back when she was first lady, she skated down the canal to have a BeaverTail. In 2009 when President Obama came to the city, he had a BeaverTail, and it's even been a question on Jeopardy.

So if you ever get a chance to try a BeaverTail, be sure to grab the opportunity.


kaytee said...

Thanks for clearing that up. I was convinced it was an alcoholic beverage until I read your story. Great pictures by the way.

Tam said...

Thanks kaytee. Hmmm. Maybe I should invent an alcoholic drink called a Beaver Tail (with a space between the words so as not to get sued for copyright. LOL)

K. Z. Snow said...

Huh, never heard of 'em. But I love elephant ears! (Why are these pastries, no matter where they're made, named after unappetizing animal parts? Next thing you know, there'll be bonbons called Skunk Glands and cupcakes called Wombat Heads.)

Chris said...

Sooooo not gluten-free. :) Do you have funnel cakes? One of those random foods that you only see at fairs and special events.

Tam said...

Oh KZ. LOL I might eat a wombat head. Not sure I could get past skunk glands.

Tam said...

Definitely not gluten free Chris. We don't have funnel cakes as a rule. Sometimes at the local fair, but they are pretty unique to the US I think. We had one at the NY State Fair, as big as a dinner plate with so much cherry topping and sugar. We shared one and it was too much. Too much sugar, too much grease. LOL Because BeaverTails ar think, they are more crispy and don't have that grease absorbed texture of a funnel cake, at least the ones I've had.

Giselle Renarde said...

Can't visit Ottawa without buying a BeaverTail. They have a stall at the Toronto Zoo, but it's just not the same. BeaverTails are totally an Ottawa food, to me.