This Canandian traybake doesn't require cooking. Traditionally, they are made of 3 layers: this one consists of a digestive biscuit and coconut base, a blackberry custard filling and a top layer of chocolate. It takes a while before they are ready to eat, but they're worth it.
This was my first experience with Nanaimo Bars, and I'm not sure whether these are classified as a bar cookie or a candy. They seem like candy to me---judging by the amount of sugar. My finished product came out looking very attractive. I cut the bars into small squares, and tried one. The first bite made every tooth in my head ache. Also, I'm not sure that 1/4 cup of blackberries is enough, as I really couldn't taste them in the filling. I also found that 5 squares of chocolate was sufficient to make the glaze. I do think it is great that folks in the Nanaimo area have a "treat" that they are known for and that they enjoy. I would encourage them to try this recipe and post their comments. Just because it was too sweet for my taste doesn't mean that others wouldn't enjoy this. - 16 Jun 2010 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
Addictive! In order not to squeeze out all the custard when cutting it, I precut the chocolate layer while the chocolate was still soft and then let it harden in the fridge - 12 Jun 2014 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
A little soggy if the berries arn't dried. - 10 Oct 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)