Thursday, August 18, 2005

A Cautionary Tale

Fried Nanaimo Bars

You can deep-fry anything. We fundamentally believe that. Some of the things we fried that were perfectly, decadently delicious include Ruffles (a coconuttty cookie with a lot in common with a Bounty bar), Bounty bars (just to see the difference), Oreo cookies, (a little dry, but a classic none the less), Mars bars (the quintessential deep-fried dessert) and Twix bars. Some things taste great, but are a pain to fry - case in point, the Nanaimo bar. We thought that we'd try a Nanaimo bar (said Nan-eye-moe) for a couple of reasons. 1) Canadian content 2) They're so very delicious 3) One of your Wacky Snacks team hails from the fine city of Nanaimo. So we bought a couple of really good Nanaimo bars (NOT at the supermarket). For those of you not familiar with the Nanaimo bar let me tell you a little about it. Its origins are shrouded in mystery, but they are somehow connected with a mid-sized seaside town on Vancouver Island known for it's wackilly named streets. They started to appear in places like church bake sales mid-century and slowly made their way into the mainstream. These days they are available at most bakeries and supermarkets (be wary) and I've heard they've even made their way to
eastern Canada and the States. They are a three layered bar with a chocolatey/ coconutty/ grahamy bottom crust, a custardy icing middle and a chocolate topping. Yum. The first one didn't make it to the fryer as we had to wait too long and just ate it. In retrospect we should have just ate them both. We froze it hard and followed the procedure for frying an oreo outlined below. Disaster! A tiny hole in the batter totally melted the chocolate layer and it hemmoraged out of said tiny hole, wrecking the oil and making a huge mess to clean up. The finished product was tasty, don't get me wrong. But no better than a regular Nanaimo bar and the massive clean up and wasted oil made it something we will never do again.



At Thursday, August 18, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another thing to add to the "I am a Canadian" rant. Not sure if you should keep up the frying but hey it makes for some interesting reading. Don't have a deep fryer anymore (hint) but wouldn't mind trying some of these treats.

At Wednesday, September 28, 2005, Blogger Diva Kitty's Mom said...

Nanaimo Bars! I haven't seen one of those since catching the ferry from Tsawwassen to Deep Cove. Yum!


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