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The Legendary Nanaimo Bar

According to local legend about 35 years ago, a Nanaimo, British Columbia (see map below) housewife entered her recipe for chocolate squares in a magazine contest. In a burst of civic pride, she chose to dub the entry not "Daphne's Delights" or "Mary's Munchies", but "Nanaimo Bars". The entry won a prize, thereby publishing the town as much as her cooking. Some American tourists claim sovereignty over the dessert, referred to as "New York Slice" which is sold in many other places in the world. Nanaimo residents refuse to accept this theory, however, believing that once you set foot on Vancouver Island, there are no other places in the world. The official Nanaimo Bar recipe was available as a handout as well as on quality tea towel and apron souvenirs.



This is my Mom's recipe.

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Nanaimo Bar Recipe

  • ½ cup butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp. cocoa
    1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups graham wafer crumbs
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup finely chopped almonds

Melt 1/2 cup butter in top of double boiler. Stir in granulated sugar, cocoa, egg, and vanilla. Cook, stirring constantly over simmering water for about 3 minutes or until thick and custard like. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 9" x 9" x 2" pan.

In a medium size bowl blend powdered (icing) sugar with 3 tablespoons of butter. Beat in dry jello pudding mix and mil until thick and smooth. Spread over first layer. Let stand for 20 minutes in fridge.


Third Layer

  • 6 squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1-2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter on top of double boiler over simmering water. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.


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