SHF Mmm… Canada – Nanaimo Bars

Canada sweet
Jennifer The Domestic Goddess 22.05.2021 ** asks: “How sweet is Canada?“** for this month’s edition of Sugar High Friday 22.05.2021 **.

Our last vacation before parentship we spent in Canada. We saw our first black bear picking wild berries in one of Albertas beautiful National Parks, obviously a sweet tooth. And we came into touch with Nanaimo Bars, not in the City of Nanaimo but anywhere on Vancouver Island. It was love on first taste.

Nanaimo Bars

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Canada is sweet as Nanaimo Bars, the taste of these brought back pleasant memories from vacationing in Canada.

The easiest thing was using the European style culturated butter, but no graham wafers in Germany. I think the lady fingers were a proper substitute.

-========= REZKONV-Recipe – RezkonvSuite v1.4
Title: Nanaimo Bars
Categories: Canada
Yield: 24 Bars


115 grams   Unsalted butter (European style cultured)
1/4 cup   Sugar
25 grams   Cocoa
1     Egg beaten, 50 grams
105 cups   Graham wafer crumbs*
1/2 cup   Finely chopped almonds
90 grams   Coconut, desiccated, flaked
115 grams   Unsalted butter
40 ml   Cream
2 tablesp.   Vanilla custard powder
100 grams   Icing sugar
120 grams   Squares semi-sweet chocolate
30 grams   Unsalted butter


  adapted from ** 25.02.2024
  Edited *RK* 06/12/2008 by
  Ulrike Westphal


Bottom Layer

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 20 cm x 20 cm pan.

Second Layer

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer

Melt chocolate and butter overlow heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

This recipe for Nanaimo Bar (Official) serves/makes 24 bars.

* I used 13 ladyfingers


** now defunct now defunct
** 22.05.2021; no longer available
** 25.02.2024 recipe from only in Webarchive available, recipe now at

6 thoughts on “SHF Mmm… Canada – Nanaimo Bars

  1. Natashya at

    Mmmm Canada
    Welcome, honourary Canadian! I too loved B.C. when I visited, I think it is the most beautiful part of Canada. Your Nanaimo bars look lovely. Very clever to use lady fingers.


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