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Grab your Timbits, this is war.

It would appear that Japan thinks it can just waltz into Canada and steal one of our precious icons. According to a report by Rocket News 24, the country has been deep-frying maple leaves and selling them as a snack.

WTF?!

The delicacy was thought up 1,300 years ago after a pilgrim in Minoh was so taken by the beauty of the maple leaf in autumn, that he decided to cook some of them in rapeseed oil and share it with travelers who passed by. The snack was clearly a hit, because the recipe has since been improved upon. The leaves are now picked and left in a salt barrel for an entire year before being cooked with sugar and sesame.

…We guess that could be tasty. In a deep-fried twigs and berries kind of way.

So while we may not be thrilled about it, Japan’s culinary take on the Canadian icon is worth sampling. If you can’t make the trip across the Pacific, no worries — you can find the snacks online right here.

As for the rest of us though, a recipe for Canadian maple-bacon sushi is already in the works.

Take that, Japan.

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