MONTREAL, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Unconsecrated communion wafers are growing in popularity as a snack food throughout Quebec, alongside potato chips and popcorn on supermarket shelves.
The paper-thin morsels made from flour and water hark back to when Quebec was one of the most devout Roman Catholic enclaves in North America and the wafers were seen only at holy communion.
Gaston Bonneau, one of the two major commercial producers in Quebec, told the Toronto Globe & Mail newspaper his business started with just himself and his wife in the mid-1980s. Now it's grown to 16 employees and he plans to automate production.
"My son can eat a whole bag while he's watching TV," said supermarket manager Paul Saumure. "He's had more of them outside of church than he ever did inside one."
As a sign of increasing secularism, Montreal churches are being refitted as condominiums and religious statuettes are being sold as home decor items in antique shops.