Bake our legendary Nanaimo Bars in the comfort of your own kitchen! In 1985, Nanaimo Mayor Graeme Roberts held a contest to find the definitive Nanaimo Bar recipe. Joyce Hardcastle’s recipe took top spot and is now Nanaimo’s “Official” Nanaimo Bar Recipe!
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Nanaimo Bar image by Sean Fenzl

The Ultimate Nanaimo Bar Recipe

by Joyce Hardcastle

Bottom layer

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.

Middle layer

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.

Top 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.