Nanaimo bars are, simply put, heaven on a plate: rich little nuggets consisting of three layers of awesomeness: a thick, cocoa and coconut crust anchors a dense slab of custardy buttercream, all topped off with a substantial shellac of soft but firm chocolate. They're a specialty from the city of Nanaimo, but can be found in bakeries in the BC environs as well.
But did you know that there are some very delicious variations on the classic? Here is an assemblage of sweet variations of (and in some cases, embellishments upon) the delicious Nanaimo Bar:
Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake: so rich you will probably die, but at least you will die happy.
Raw Nanaimo Bars: you won't burn down the house for these babies.
Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars: the creamy, rich peanut butter adds a subtle savoriness to the bars.
Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Cake: two beautiful things just got more beautiful.
Cappuccino Nanaimo Bars: Coffee adds a nice flavor dimension to this sweet variation.
Cherry Nanaimo Bars: Rich, but with some natural sweetness too.
Peppermint nanaimo bars: this is what Thin Mints want to be when they grow up.
White chocolate and pecan Nanaimo Bars: White chocolate lovers can't miss this sweet variation.
Vegan Nanaimo bars: Because it's not always all about the dairy.
Nanaimo bar mix: If you don't want to make your own, I won't tell.
Chocolate nanaimo bar pie: Once again, two awesome things get awesomer.
Gluten free nanaimo bar: Free of gluten, but not free of delicious.
Bonus: If you're in NYC, Dirt Candy is serving up several variations on the Nanaimo bar!