“. . . a dessert item of Canadian origin popular across North America.” – Wikipedia
Ahem. I have travelled far and wide in the USofA and never yet seen a Nanaimo bar in that otherwise great country. As the Wikipedia editors say, “additional citations are needed.” As evidence that this dessert is not yet known south of our border, I offer the fact that MS Word treats “Nanaimo” as a spelling error.
Anyway, the Nanaimo bar is Canadian. Whether it’s a treasure depends on your tolerance for sweetness. I myself now find that smaller portions suffice, and would be happy to dispense with the custard powder layer.
When I started poking around online (“researching” being altogether too high-falutin’ a word for what I do), I found a City of Nanaimo site dedicated to the bar, an eponymous trail, and a canonical recipe.
This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.