1. Potato Vodka
You say potato, Arla Johnson and Julie Shore say vodka. In 2007, Johnson and Shore established the Prince Edward Distillery, making them pioneers in Canada’s budding potato vodka industry. (They also make a blueberry vodka from the island’s wild berries.) Their artisan distillery in Hermanville, located on the eastern side of the island, also offers tastings. Our verdict? The vodka is as smooth as the bottle, emblazoned with a striking seascape graphic, is beautiful.
2. Honey Drops
Honibe’s non-stick Honey Drops, made to dissolve in hot liquid, are an innovative alternative to the sugar cube. Created by PEI-born brothers John and Justin Rowe, the dehydrated, locally sourced honey has been racking up buzz both in Canada and abroad: It won the best new food product in the sweet grocery category at the SIAL d’Or Competition in Paris a few years ago. The brothers even appeared on the popular CBC television show Dragon’s Den to pitch their line of products, which now includes honey lozenges, sprinkles and candies. (They slayed.)
3. Original Atlantic Lobster Flavoured Chips
If you happen to snag a package of Original Atlantic Lobster Flavoured Chips at a roadside store, consider yourself lucky. These unique chips are only made during lobster season and quickly sell out before summer’s end. Bonus: The authentic PEI paper potato bag they come in is alone worth the price of the purchase.
4. Cow Chips
Cow Chips, created by Anne of Green Gables Chocolates, are ruffle-cut potato chips coated in rich milk chocolate – the perfect bite to satisfy your sweet and salty cravings. In the summer, stake out a spot outside their Queen Street store in Charlottetown, where ladies dressed as Marilla Cuthbert pass out samples.
5. Seaweed Pie
Bring home your own piece of PEI’s shores during a moss-gathering expedition, courtesy of Seaweed Secrets excursions. Led by Gilbert and Goldie Gillis, whose family has been making the island’s specialty seaweed pie for generations, you’ll rake in Irish moss from the shore around Prim Point before heading back to Goldie’s kitchen to bake up a storm with your bounty. With a sponge cake base and a whipped cream and seaweed centre, the end result may just have you hooked. Luckily, the Gillises also sell bags of Irish moss, so you can whip up the unique treat for your friends once you’re back home.
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