Chefs PlateIconChevronRightSmallFood BoxIconChevronRightSmallCanadas Favourite Food Emojis

Canada’s Favourite Food Emojis 2022

Canada’s Favourite Food Emojis 2022

Love them or hate them, emojis are going nowhere

Whether they sum up how we’re feeling, are used to insinuate a hidden meaning or just tell others what we’re having for lunch, we all have our go-to emojis in our everyday messaging. Our in-depth survey of 1,003 Canadian adults has left us with lots to ponder. Does our emoji use change depending on our age? What are the most popular emojis in Canada today? And what are the new emojis Canadians are desperate to be released? Read on for all of our survey findings.

Canada’s Most and Least Used Food Emojis

Firstly, our survey highlighted that men use less food emojis than women. In fact, almost half of men surveyed (49%) said that they never used food emojis, compared to only 35% of women.

Interestingly, our survey data revealed that the birthday cake emoji was the most frequently used food emoji of them all, with 22% of Canadians surveyed saying they use this emoji most often.

The birthday cake is used most frequently by those in the 55+ age group, with almost a quarter (24%) of those surveyed in this age bracket saying it is their most used food emoji. On the other hand, the eggplant emoji is frequently used by Gen Zs, with 24% of 18-24 year olds claiming that this is their most used food emoji.

This could possibly highlight a generational difference in the reason people use emojis; some to convey meaning and others to convey humour and light-hearted insinuations.

Canadian's Most and Least Favourites Emojis

Top 5 food emojis Canadians use the most:

  • Birthday cake 🎂
  • Eggplant 🍆
  • Pizza 🍕
  • Burger 🍔
  • Avocado 🥑


Top 5 food emojis Canadians use the least:
  • Dumpling 🥟
  • Burrito 🌯
  • Noodles 🍜
  • Sushi 🍣
  • Salad 🥗

Food Emojis Canadians Want To Be Released Right Now

The survey data also highlighted gaps in the available food emoji range. Those surveyed suggested that the emojis they want to be released right now include more foods from different cultures, more vegan food and a greater variety of cheeses and pastries.

It is interesting to see Canadians desiring more vegan food emojis, as well as more diet-based food emojis such as vegan, vegetarian, plant-based and pescetarian emojis being highlighted. Initiatives such as meat-free Monday and Veganuary could have something to do with this heightened interest, as well as these diets becoming more and more commonplace within our society.

It is also interesting to see a desire for more food emojis from other cultures. For example, Indian and African foods were highlighted, as well as specific Mexican foods such as fajitas. A greater variety of traditionally French delicacies such as cheeses and pastries were also requested, perhaps due to the French contingent in Canada, particularly in Quebec.

10 Of The Food-Related Emojis Canadians Want Released Right Now

  • A greater variety of cheeses and pastries
  • More Indian
  • More African foods
  • Cakes with adjustable colour
  • wider variety - including baked, mashed, hash brown etc
  • Chowder
  • Poutine
  • Fajitas
  • Smoothies
  • A vegan, vegetarian, plant-based and pescetarian food emojis


Each year, a list of new emojis are presented for consideration and approval. 2022/23’s new emojis up for approval in September include a shaking face, a plain pink heart, a donkey and the Khanda, the symbol of the Sikh faith. So far, none on the list highlighted in our survey data have made the list, but we will watch this space.

Ontario: The Food Emoji Capital Of Canada

Our survey data highlighted that Ontario residents use food emojis the most, whose favourite emoji was again, the birthday cake, followed by the eggplant and then pizza emojis.

Top 5 Provinces That Use Food Emojis The Most:

  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan

Check our plans

Check our plans

If all this talk of food emojis has got you planning your next meal, why not take a look at our weekly menu for delicious dishes you can cook from home.
If all this talk of food emojis has got you planning your next meal, why not take a look at our weekly menu for delicious dishes you can cook from home.
our plans