Many of you may not have had, or even heard of a nanaimo bar. I know I had no idea what it was the first time I stumbled on to a recipe from Cakespy. But of course, I was intrigued.
Darn you Cakespy, and all your tempting recipes!
To answer the most obvious question first – what exactly is a nanaimo bar? – I turned to Wikipedia.
According to Wikipedia,
“The Nanaimo bar is a dessert of Canadian origin popular across North America. Made of chocolate no-bake square, it is named after the West-Coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer, topped by a layer of light vanilla or custard flavoured butter icing, which is covered in chocolate made from melted chocolate squares.
Many varieties are possible by using different types of crumb, flavours of icing (e.g. mint, peanut butter), and types of chocolate. Two popular variations on the traditional Nanaimo bar involve mint flavoured icing or mocha flavoured icing.” You can read more about the history of these tasty bars here!
I asked a few of my friends on Facebook if they had ever had a nanaimo bar, and I asked my favorite Canadians if they had ever had one, or knew what it was.
The response was basically, no idea what that is – but I’ll try it! One of my friends had seen them at a coffee shop he worked at, but he was the only one.
So, I set out to try my hand at the famed Nanaimo Bar.