What was your hands-down, gotta-have it, favourite food as a kid?

Picture that meal or treat right now. What does it conjure up? Does it still put a smile on your face?

Now take that feeling and put it into words. Tell us what you loved to eat as a child and why. You can tell us by Twitter, Facebook or email, using the hashtag #LoveFoodFest.

All submissions will be entered into a draw to win pair of tickets to Love Food Fest! Plus, we’ll share your fabulous food memories on our social media sites to help spread the good food buzz!

At Love Food Fest, some of the city’s best chefs will re-imagine their childhood favourites.  It’s going to be delicious, nostalgic goodness.

On that note, Toronto has incredible culinary diversity. But have you ever stopped to think about what kids around the world like to eat?

Here are some seriously yummy treats you might not have tried (but remember, it’s never too late)…

Philippines: Halo-Halo (Mix-Mix)

halo halo

Halo-halo is a dessert-drink that’s part slushie and part sundae. If you were the kid who found it impossible to pick “just one” treat, you’d probably love Halo-halo because it mixes a bunch of fun flavours and textures together. Literally translated from Tagalog, halo-halo means “mix-mix” – a suitable name since the delicious concoction.

Halo halo includes a mix of shaved ice, evaporated or condensed milk, a selection of fruits (such as jackfruit, plantain, and coconut palm), beans (garbanzo, kidney, and red), tapioca balls, leche flan (Filipino custard), pinipig (young crushed rice), and all topped off with ube (purple yam) ice cream.

Peru: Queso Helado (Frozen Cheese)

queso helado

Queso helado is a refreshing ice cream made with unsweetened evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut or coquitos chilenos. (Don’t let the literal translation confuse you – the dessert doesn’t contain cheese.)

Traditionally, queso helado was sold by street vendors in the form of shaved ice, but now it’s a standard in homes and restaurants. The relatively simple flavours can be enjoyed as is, or jazzed up with cinnamon, cookies or fresh fruit.

Turkey: Lokum (Turkish Delight)

turkish delight

Turkish delight (lokum in Turkish) is a gelled combination of starch and sugar, often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar. Traditionally the treat is flavored with rosewater, mastic, Bergamot, orange, or lemon. However, premium varieties usually include chopped dates, pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts.

Turkish delight is enjoyed in many other countries, including Greece, Russia and across the Middle East. As a result it has many different names and variations.

Uganda: Mandazi (Coconut Doughnut)


Mandazi, also known as the Swahili Bun or Swahili Coconut Doughnut is a popular East African treat, made of fried bread. Less sweet than a typical Canadian doughnut, it can be eaten with other foods or enjoyed on its own as a simple snack.

Mandazi can also be found the coastal Swahili areas of Kenya and Tanzania.

Sweden: Prinsesstårta (Princess Cake)


A Princess Cake (Prinsesstårta in Swedish) is a traditional Swedish layer cake named for its fondness among some of Sweden’s beloved princesses. Today it wins over girls and boys alike with its layers of airy sponge cake, raspberry or strawberry jam, pastry cream, a thick domed layer of whipped cream, and finally, a smooth topping of marzipan. The marzipan overlay is usually green, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and decorated with a pink marzipan rose.

And yes, you can find snack-sized versions at IKEA.

France – Les Guimauves (Marshmallows)


A different breed than packaged, super-sweet American style marshmallows, the French Guimauve is a sweet with stature. While packaged varieties do exist, specialty marshmallows can be found in pastry shops, often in pretty pastel colours, and sometimes covered in chocolate or other flavourings like coconut.

Sweet, chewy, often colourful and sometimes in fun shapes (the teddy bear is an old French favourite), these treats scream childhood. Délicieux!

Are you getting hungry? So are we. Can’t wait to see what savoury delights our chefs will have to offer at Love Food Fest on October 7th!

Until then: don’t forget to share your favourite childhood food with us! Tell us on Twitter and Facebook for a chance win tickets to #LoveFoodFest!