The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe
by Joyce Hardcastle
½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¾ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut
Melt first three ingredients in top of a double boiler.
Add egg and stir to cook and thicken.
Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut and nuts.
Press firmly into an ungreased 8"x8" pan.
½ cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. cream
2 tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar
Cream butter, cream, custard powder and icing sugar together well.
Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
Melt chocolate and butter over low heat.
Cool. When cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.
Take a sweet self-guided adventure through the streets of Nanaimo & Region! Stretching from Lantzville to Yellow Point, experience the many deliciously creative interpretations of our famous Nanaimo Bar. Stop by the Visitor Centre or any of the participating locations and pick up a Nanaimo Bar Trail Brochure so you can map out your route along the 28 stops.
A classic, homemade version
Javawocky Coffee House - 8-90 Front St. (Harbourfront Walkway)
McLean's Specialty Foods - 426 Fitzwilliam St (Old City Quarter)
Nelly's Dutch Deli - 2980 N Island Hwy (Central) **Nut Free**
O'Hana's Cafe - 2139 Bowen Rd (Central)
Perkins Coffee Company - 234 Commercial St (Downtown)
Sand Dollar Cafe - #3 1400 Wingrove Street (Downtown)
Serious Coffee - 6357-B Hammond Bay Road (North)
Serious Coffee- South Parkway Plaza, 4 - 1275 Island Highway South (South)
Tea on The Quay - 4-90 Front St. (Harbourfront Walkway)
Specialty Nanaimo Bars
Lime, Raspberry, Espresso, Dark Chocolate- Java Expressions, #2-2220 Bowen Rd. (Central)
Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bar- Bocca Cafe, 427 Fitzwilliam St (Old City Quarter)
YP Cranberry Nanaimo Bar - Yellow Point Cranberries, 4532 Yellow Point Rd. (South)
Organic/ Vegan/ Raw/ Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars
Organic - Danforth Deli and Grill - 39 Commercial St. (Downtown)
Gluten Free - Mon Petit Choux -, 120 Commercial St. (Downtown)
Organic/ Raw/ Gluten Free - Powerhouse Living Foods, 200 Commercial St. (Downtown) or 6560 Metral Dr. (North)
Gluten Free - Riso Foods, #15-7217 Lantzville Rd. (Lantzville) - "Not your Average Nanaimo Bar"
Deep Fried Nanaimo Bar
Pirate Chips- 1 Commercial St. (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Variations
Ice Cream Sundae - Jakeob's Ice Cream Parlour, 306 Fitzwilliam St. (Old City Quarter)
Ice Cream - Tea on The Quay, #4-90 Front St. (Harbourfront Walkway)
Ice Cream Sandwich - 2 Chef's Affair, 123B Commercial Street (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Milkshake - Living Forest Cafe, 6 Maki Rd (Mid June - Labour Day, South)
Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake
Minnoz Restaurant and Lounge- 11 Bastion St. (Downtown)
Longwood Brew Pub- 5775 Turner Rd (North)
Nanaimo Bar Cupcake
A Wee Cupcakery - 407 Fitzwilliam St. - Fridays & Saturdays only (Old City Quarter)
Nanaimo Bar Fudge
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory- 148-6631 Island Hwy at Woodgrove Mall (North)
Nanaimo Bar Cake
Real Food Fast- 3-321 Wesley St (Old City Quarter)
Nanaimo Bar Mousse
Bayshore Restaurant- 101-1240 Stewart Ave (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Chocolate
Cherub Chocolate - 165 Commercial St. (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Cocktails/ Drinks
Nanaimo Bar Shooter -Millers Pub, 1840 Stewart Ave. (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Cocktail -Grand Hotel, 4898 Rutherford Road (North)
Nanaimo Bar-tini - ACMe Food Co, 14 Commercial St. (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Martini - Modern Cafe, 221 Commercial St. (Downtown)
Nanaimo Bar Iced or Hot - Extraordinary Organics, 77 Skinner St (Downtown)