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Nanaimo bar gets Canada Post stamp, but critics question base-to-filling ratio (vancouversun.com)
105 points by gruseom 7 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 36 comments

Which is worse, this or Google's hamburger disaster?


the google hamburger won't show up in stamp collections 100 years from now...

at least the hamburger is physically possible, the beer one was much worse.

BTW, I just want to say that if you get a chance to eat a Saskatoon berry pie: do it. I haven't had the chance for at least 20 years, unfortunately :-(

Not everyone loves them. I personally do, but my mom (a Canadian) doesn't think they're that great.

I can't say I've had the pie, but I'm a sucker for the jam.


Kind of reminds me of the USPS using a picture of the Statue of Liberty in Vegas.


Hilarious. How could they get that wrong? A simple Google Image search show this representation is non typical.

Very funny. Marketing gimmick to get it wrong? More people talk about it this way.

Let’s talk about Rampart.

Something almost but not completely unlike millionaire's shortbread ... It does seems that nanaimo bar came first, actually: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caramel_shortbread https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaimo_bar

Unfortunately inflation and wealth inequality is leading to it being called billionaires shortbread.

That does not resemble my childhood memories of the Nanaimo Bar, but it did provoke some intense nostalgia.

Yeah...that is heftier than any nanaimo bar i've ever had. Those things are so rich it's hard to eat a whole normal sized one. That's just a bit much.

Looks more like an ice cream sandwhich to me.

Haha, oh well I'd still try one with more filling, it is my favourite part anyway. Canada Post is pulling some culinary activism I can get behind. Thanks for looking past the rockies Ottawa!

So I always thought that 'sugar pie' was a pet name for a loved one.

Apparently not [1], I guess it is also a pet name, else there's a few songs I need to re evaluate.

Ps Does North America not use the word tart. The wikipedia page describes it as a 'single-crust' pie? How do you differentiate those annoying upside down tart 'pies' consisting of a disc of pastry plonked on top?

[1] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_pie

A tart is a pie with a bottom crust and no top crust. What you're describing as an upside-down tart is a grunt. If you bake a grunt but serve it upside down, it's a slump.

There are also betties, crumbles, crisps, buckles, clafoutis, cobblers, crisps and pandowdies. Each is different, and some have regional disagreements.

Wikipedia suggests that a grunt is a type of cobbler [1]? Although [2] suggests its steamed?

[2] also suggests a slump is yet another cobbler variation.

The upside down tarts are what they try to pass off as pies in British pubs, I wouldn't class them as pies, just like I wouldn't class a tart as a pie. British crumbles,cobblers et al don't tend to have pastry bottoms, so I wouldn't class those as pies either.

Shepherds, Cumberland and cottage pie...... Are the exception that proves the rule :)

[1] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobbler_(food)

[2] https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/07/what-is-cobbler-crisp-cr...

That's made with layers of pastry on the top and bottom, right? I believe that the Nanaimo bar has a biscuit base, like a cheesecake, and chocolate icing on top. The custard core is a common point, though.

I've seen them looking like this in the States. Guess I can now assume those weren't quite authentic.

And continuing that great stamp conspiracy of not putting the value on the stamp so i have to spend ten minutes on google trying to figure out how many i need. Eventually i give up and just plaster the envelope with stamps. They win again. By the time i next have to mail something to my great aunt ive totally forgotten about the last and repeat the cycle. I must overspend at least a dollar or two each year on this scam.

I... I'm confused. They're permanent stamps. They always have the correct value.

Weight. Not all things require the same number of stamps.

Yes. But it takes one of those stamps to send a regular letter. No matter if the price changes. No conspiracy here. Don't use letter mail postage for parcel mail.

Sure, but all weights require the same number or permanent or forever stamps, regardless of when said stamp was purchased. The value of the stamps are now always base postage, regardless of when said stamp was purchased; hence why they don't place the value on them: it isn't fixed.

In the us I want to say it's nominally 1 (forever) stamp per oz.

That’s not how you’re supposed to use the amazing thing that are permanent stamps. You should just take your larger packages to the post office is this is so hard on you.

Less base is better anyhow but middle is way too big. Would glady eat.

They did it on purpose. Now they have to amend and reprint the stamp, and destroy all the old batches. Except for a couple of sheets, which some insiders will hold on to, and which will eventually resurface as philatelic rarities...

Yes, the Great Canada Post Nanaimo Stamp Conspiracy... it's the perfect crime.

Or they popup again in 5 years where people like me buy them for a deep discount from their face value.

The weird and wonderful erudition one may gain on HN. Before clicking through I couldn't even parse the title. Canada, yes, the huge country we never hear about, and Post, and stamp, but who's Nanaimo, or where's the bar, and what's with its capacity for filling?

All is now clear. On to weightier if possibly less entertaining matters.

Proving once again that the quickest way to success is to check with your customers. Rather than a secret build then a big reveal Canada Post could have checked in with some local experts for each dessert to ensure they had the best representation possible.

Canada Post isn't a startup and they aren't looking for "market fit" but the same principles apply.

No, it really begs the question of "how many Canadians were involved in designing this stamp?"

Subject-matter experts are always required.

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