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    Nanaimo Bars

    Nanaimo Bars. Photo by Chef Dee

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    30 mins

    15 mins

    15 mins

    CountryLady's Note:

    Named after the city of Nanaimo in British Columbia, the first time this square was published under that name was in the early 1950's in the Vancouver Sun newspaper! This version of the original bar is from Company's Coming - 150 Delicious Squares! Later versions change the vanilla custard layer to mint or peanut butter but the original is my favourite. You can make this a day ahead of a special occasion or keep it in the freezer. I used to freeze half because I'm very weak & I would eat the whole thing myself BUT I soon discovered that it tastes good even when its frozen!

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    squares

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    BOTTOM LAYER

    MIDDLE LAYER

    TOPPING

    Directions:

    1. 1
      BOTTOM LAYER: Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler or heavy saucepan.
    2. 2
      Add egg & stir to cook & thicken.
    3. 3
      Remove from heat.
    4. 4
      Stir in remaining ingredients& press firmly into an ungreased 9 x 9-inch pan.
    5. 5
      MIDDLE LAYER: Cream all ingredients together; beat until light.
    6. 6
      Spread over bottom layer.
    7. 7
      TOPPING: Melt chips & butter over low heat; cool.
    8. 8
      When cooled but still runny, spread over middle layer.
    9. 9
      Chill in refrigerator.
    10. 10
      Use a very sharp knife to cut into squares.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 02, 2008

      55

      This was by far one of the best desserts I've made! Thank you so much for posting this! YUMMO! I could not find the custard powder so I replaced with 3 tbsp vanilla instant pudding and I made the replacement suggestion for the icing sugar and my family was WOW'd! I will absolutely be making this again! Wish I could give more then 5 stars =)

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    • on November 22, 2012

      15

      It's impossible to spread the custard layer without refrigerating the bottom layer - I just ended up with a giant mess and had to go back to the store and do it all again. Poor instructions.

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    • on April 06, 2010

      55

      These are such a delicious treat...it would be hard not to eat just one. Don't think of the calories when you eat them...they are so worth it! Nanaimo is pronounced : Na-NYE-mo. Great posting!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Nanaimo Bars

    Serving Size: 1 (1098 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 151.8
     
    Calories from Fat 95
    62%
    Total Fat 10.5 g
    16%
    Saturated Fat 6.1 g
    30%
    Cholesterol 22.2 mg
    7%
    Sodium 79.7 mg
    3%
    Total Carbohydrate 14.4 g
    4%
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    3%
    Sugars 11.1 g
    44%
    Protein 1.2 g
    2%

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    vanilla custard powder

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