Nanaimo Bars


Nanaimo Bars

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    This Canadian favorite sandwiches a firm custard-like middle between layers of creamy chocolate and crispy chocolate.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 24
    ¾ c. plus 2 tbsp Hy-Vee butter, at room temperature, divided
    ½ c. Hot Cocoa Mix
    1 Hy-Vee large egg, lightly beaten
    1 ¾ c. Hy-Vee graham cracker crumbs (about 12 whole graham crackers)
    1 c. Hy-Vee sweetened shredded coconut
    ½ c. Hy-Vee pecans, finely chopped
    2 tsp. Hy-Vee vanilla extract
    ¼ c. whipping cream
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee vanilla instant pudding mix
    2 c. Hy-Vee powdered sugar
    ½ c. Hy-Vee semisweet chocolate chips


    1. Grease an 8-by-8-inch baking dish; set aside.
    2. In a medium saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium-low heat. Remove from heat.
    3. Stir in Hot Cocoa Mix, then gradually whisk in beaten egg. Return saucepan to heat and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until glossy and thick. Remove from heat and stir in graham cracker crumbs, coconut, pecans and vanilla. Mixture will be thick.
    4. Press evenly onto the bottom of the prepared dish. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
    5. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, beat 1/4 cup butter, cream and pudding mix with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat for 1 minute more or until smooth. Spread evenly over the chilled crust. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
    6. Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add chocolate and remaining 2 tablespoons butter to bowl and stir until melted. Spread melted chocolate evenly over filling. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes or just until chocolate has set.
    7. Using a sharp knife, cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    Nutrition facts


    220 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 13g
    • Cholesterol: 30mg
    • Sodium: 60mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
    • Protein: 2g

    Daily Values

    Vitamin A 6%
    Vitamin C 0%
    Iron 4%
    Calcium 2%

    Recipe Source:

    Hy-Vee Seasons Holiday 2015.