Homemade Beep Drink Recipe
I didn't know it was specific to Canada when I was growing up, or that it was *HIGHLY* regional within Canada - put out by a Nova Scotia Dairy, but licensed out to other dairies for production. I just knew that it was a fun tasting "juice", and that it basically tasted like childhood.
It came about in the 1960s, was served at Canadian breakfasts and in Canadian lunch boxes for decades, then was discontinued in 2010. People lost their minds, started up campaigns, and eventually it was brought back in 2012... but then discontinued again in 2015. RIP, “Beep”!
When I was developing “More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from My Home and Native Land”, I received a bunch of requests for replicating Beep in the book. (The recipe is in there, but is not called “Beep” - much like how every other trademarked / brand name is swapped out for something else!).
If you’re new here, one of my “big autistic super powers” is the ability to replicate foods by taste. It comes in really handy when you move far away from your favourite Indian restaurant and the dish you always ordered there (Chicken Shahi Korma), or are living in a country that doesn’t have your favourite wing sauce (Honey garlic sauce) .
Sometimes, I can get REALLY wild with it, and replicate based on ingredient list, nutritional info, and VERY detailed description of tastes and textures, as was the case with a friend of mine and Trader Joe’s Tofu Edamame Nuggets.
Anyway. When it comes to replicating, I don’t necessarily need the source material at hand, if it’s something I’ve very familiar with, as I have a great sense of taste memory. It really comes in handy when you’re an expat craving the foods from home, let me tell you!
Anyway, yes, I had a bunch of requests for coming up for a recipe for Beep, and on the surface, I thought it would be relatively easy - it's just a juice blend, right? Well, the complete lack of recent exposure to the source material was a minor - but easily remedied - obstacle, but then there was the issue of source material ingredients.
... I had no idea that it was only 25% juice, or that it contained both canola oil and modified corn starch. Bizarre!
So, while I couldn't bring myself to design a recipe for a juice drink that includes oil and modified corn starch in it (ick), I could - and DID - put together a juice blend that tastes extremely similar, and will definitely scratch that itch.
I did include citric acid in place of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), as it's a more common kitchen ingredient. This brightens the taste up, but isn't necessary, if you don't already have some on hand.
This recipe is one of many fantastic Canadian recipes in my cookbook, "More Than Poutine: Favourite Foods from my Home and Native Land”.
"More than Poutine" is a Canadian cookbook like no other - written by a Canadian living away, it includes both traditional home cooking recipes, as well as accurate homemade versions of many of the snacks, sauces, convenience foods, and other food items that are hard to come by outside of Canada!
More Canadian Comfort Food!
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French Canadian Pea Soup
Gluten-Free Imperial Cookies
Gluten-Free Pirate Cookies
Halifax Meat Paste Egg Rolls
Homemade Deep N Delicious Cake
How to Make Peameal Bacon and Back Bacon
Maple Butter Tarts
Poutine, My Way!
Puffed Wheat Squares
Tiger Tail Ice Cream
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More Recipes that Remind me of Gramma
Since originally writing this post, my gramma has sadly passed... but her memory lives on.
Here are a few recipes that remind me of her, whether as something she taught me to make, a replica of a retail treat we used to enjoy together, or one of my own recipes that she would request whenever I’d visit, as an adult.
Gramma's Perogies Recipe
Homemade Marshmallow Cones
Homemade Clodhoppers Candy
Puffed Wheat Squares
Honey Dill Dipping Sauce
Paska - Ukrainian Easter Bread
Baking Powder Biscuits
Grandma's Potato Salad
Easy Butterfly Cupcakes
Breakfast of Champions
Mushroom Soup and Eggs on Toast
French Canadian Pea Soup
Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup with Gluten Free Dumplings
Gluten Free Cod Au Gratin