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The 'Chili Powder Guy' called us back

Mystery solved. The anonymous caller who left us a beautifully atmospheric, albeit puzzling Talkback message, calls us back with a new recipe and explanation for his call.
After hearing the 'Chili Powder Guy' talkback, a listener from Whitehorse, Yukon, sent us this photo-shopped masterpiece. (Leo Lane)

Mystery solved. Sort of.

Last week, an anonymous caller left us a beautifully atmospheric, albeit puzzling, Talkback message. On Friday, we played the phone call on our show. Thankfully, after hearing his voice go to air, the listener (now known as "Chili Powder Guy") called back with a new recipe and explanation for his call. 

Take a listen to the original:

We put it to you to try and make sense of it all: 

While listeners shared our appreciation for the understated magic of this phone message, they were still unable to offer any definitive meaning. But this morning, that all changed. Over the weekend the caller left us a new message on our Talkback line. He asked that he remain anonymous but kindly offered the following explanation.

"Hello, I made a phone call, and I heard it on Friday's show. To my amazement it was on. I was not intending for it to be broadcast but since it was broadcast I just wanted to mention what I had said, what I had previously called about and that was - President's Choice Creamy Horseradish Sauce. So that's the answer to my previous food suggestion.

The chili powder works, it's beneficial. That is true. That's a truism. No doubt about it. But it's not as beneficial as the horseradish. Now, that is the absolute quintessential health food.

Whether you want to mention the President's Choice Creamy Horseradish Sauce or just horseradish, you know, just prepared horseradish in a jar, it's your decision.

I was listening to the show and I said, 'I can't believe that they played it.' I laughed."

"Horseradish - now, that is the absolute, quintessential health food," says Chili Powder Guy. (Loblaw Companies)

Thank you Chili Powder Guy. You're Page 1 in our As It Happens cookbook.


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