Turns out I’ve been pronouncing the name of this delicious Canadian dessert incorrectly since I was six years old.
How do you pronounce Nanaimo bars? (Besides the obvious de-li-cious.)
Last summer, my Canadian friend, Sabrina, set me straight while visiting her in Vancouver, BC. Turns out they’re pronounced Na-NEYE-mo….not NAA-ni-mo – bars.
Glad to finally know that!
Nanaimo Bars are named after where they originated, namely the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Having grown up eating peanut butter Nanaimo bars, I decided to try the custard variety when I got back to North Carolina.
Wow, these Nanaimo bars are tasty! I love the rich, dense, creamy, buttery custard.
The nutty chocolate crust balances out the sweet filling, and the chocolate topping just makes it rich and delicious.
Give these no bake Nanaimo bars a try! They’re easy to make and are a definite crowd pleaser.
Best Canadian Nanaimo Bar Recipe
- You can use a double-boiler to melt the butter, but I don’t have one, so I used a sauce pan over low heat and it worked just fine.
- Make sure the butter that you use for the filling is room temperature. Otherwise you may end up biting into chunks of butter in your bars!
- Since these bars are already very sweet, I highly recommend unsweetened coconut. I prefer using the finely shredded coconut in this recipe.
- I like to use dark chocolate in the top layer to balance the sweet middle layer but feel free to use milk chocolate if you prefer it.
- The recipe suggests cutting the bars into 9 slices. Those slices will be big! These bars are quite rich, so you might want to make them smaller. I often cut each of those 9 slices into 2 bars or 4 bite-sized pieces and find one of those more than enough.
- If you’re ever in Nanaimo, Canada, use this guide to follow the Nanaimo bar trail!