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