Last week I mentioned that I took a little trip to Victoria, British Columbia. I boarded the Victoria Clipper in Seattle, and within 3 hours I had arrived at the very quaint (and very British-y!) capital city of BC. The ferry ride itself is almost worth the trip. It’s incredibly scenic and relaxing!
I was very lucky to have sunshine during most of my visit. I spent a lot of time soaking in the ocean views from the Waterfront Trail and strolling through the numerous city gardens and parks. I poked my head into many of the locally run shops and restaurants in the downtown area. And I admired the beautiful architecture of the Parliament Building.
Oh and of course, I had a very fancy Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress. It was such a fun and unique experience. And I felt very sophisticated! 10 year old Liz was right – sandwiches with the crust cut off really ARE better!
One of the best parts about traveling to new places, in my opinion, is sampling the local foods. And in Victoria, I ate Nanaimo Bars! Named after the city where they have been claimed to originate from, Nanaimo Bars are a popular treat in Canada. I had heard many great things about this dessert and I couldn’t wait to try them out for myself. And let me just say that they did not disappoint! Those Canadians definitely know a thing or two about confections!
Nanaimo Bars are a triple-layer no-bake bar/cookie. The bottom layer is a tightly packed mixture of graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, coconut and almonds. The middle layer is a rich custardy buttercream filling. And the final layer is a smooth chocolate topping. So yeah, there is a lot to love here!
I wanted to re-create Nanaimo Bars once I got back home to Seattle and I knew EXACTLY who to turn to get started on this project: Jessie over at Cakespy. Jessie is – rightfully so – a bit obsessed with Nanaimo Bars. She even claims them as her favorite food from Canada. So I knew she would have all the goods on how to make authentic Nanaimo Bars.
I love the idea of making these for a party, because they just look so impressive and regal. It’s like they are wearing little tuxedos! But they aren’t nearly as intimidating to make as they may seem. The three layers come together very easily and quickly. So save yourself the trip to Canada and make yourself some Nanaimo Bars at home!