Monday, 17 April 2017

N is for Nanaimo Bars

In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, my theme for the 2017 Blogging From A to Z Challenge, is CANADA. 

Join me throughout April (every day except Sundays) to learn more about the inventions, the people, and the cultures that make up one of the greatest countries in the world!

Canada’s most popular confection? One of mine for sure!

I know it sounds like I eat a lot—and it’s true, I do—but when you live in a diverse country like Canada with so many great cultures to explore, food is a big deal. Add to that a grandma that is an incredible cook, and well, let’s just say I have a healthy appreciation for food.

Including some foods that aren’t necessarily healthy—like Nainamo Bars, a delicious dessert enjoyed across North America, but invented in Canada, and named after the city of Nanaimo, BC.

Grandma only makes these delicious treats around Christmas, but my mouth is watering just thinking about them right now. Nanaimo Bars start with a wafer crumb-based layer, topped by a layer of custard flavoured butter icing, which is then covered with melted chocolate made from chocolate squares. Oh my goodness they’re so good! Yum.

Grandma tried making different variations—like mint, and peanut butter—but I like the traditional ones best. Grandma says she got the recipe from Edith Adams’ prize cookbook from 1953, which is the first confirmed printed copy of the recipe, though there’s some debate over who deserves the credit.  

In 1985, the National Post ran a reader survey in which Canadians voted the Nanaimo Bar “Canada’s Favourite Confection.” Makes sense to me!

Gotta Jet! Thanks for coming back to the blog to kick off the third week of the A to Z Challenge. See you tomorrow for a very intriguing letter “O” invention. 

~ Chase Superman Duffy

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