Nanaimo Bars (Chocolate Slices)

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Just Call Me Martha

These triple layered squares have a very chocolaty bottom layer, a sweet buttery custard centre and a firm chocolate top layer. They are very attractive on a cookie tray and taste divine. These have been a family favourite since I was a little kid. Prep time includes chilling time.

Top Review by Bonnie G 2

Made these for Freezer Tag and so glad I did, I'd never heard of them before but what a great chocolate fix and soooo easy to make. I didn't know what "custard powder" was, (and couldn't find it in my grocery store) so used instant vanilla pudding and it worked great. This is a recipe I'll be using a lot with the holidays. I did take into account the previous review regarding the amount of chocolate topping so increased the amount I used by one square of each semi sweet and unsweetened with an extra 1/2 tablespoon of butter and it was perfect. I thank you for posting. I'm freezing (it is freezer tag) by cutting into small squares, then wrapping individually with saran wrap and slipping two together into a freezer bag. Then I'll thaw by taking them out and letting them come to room temp. I'll be back to update when I find out how they do. As an update, these froze just fine. I was concerned due to the cream filling, but not a problem. Just as good the 2nd time around as the first.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix ½ cup butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg together in small saucepan.
  2. Cook over low to medium heat until well mixed.
  3. In large bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, coconut and nuts.
  4. Pour chocolate mixture over top and mix well.
  5. Pat into 9-inch square pan.
  6. Chill.
  7. Cream milk, custard powder and ¼ cup butter together.
  8. Add confectioner’s sugar to make a firm, but soft spread.
  9. Spread on top of first layer and chill again.
  10. Melt chocolate and butter together.
  11. Spread over previous layer and chill.
  12. Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before slicing.

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