Prepare to delight your taste buds with a twist on the classic Canadian Nanaimo bars – the irresistible, no-bake mint chocolate bars! Inspired by the beloved Nanaimo bars, these treats take the rich and creamy layers of the original but infuse them with a delightful minty freshness. If you’re a fan of mint and chocolate, you’re in for a real treat.
Where did this mint chocolate bars recipe come from?
These mint chocolate bars are inspired by the Canadian Nanaimo bars. These 1950s cookie bars originate from, you guessed it, Nanaimo, British Columbia. But they spread in popularity all over the Great White North and today are considered “Canada’s Favourite Confection.”
What are the layers in Nanaimo bars?
The traditional Nanaimo bar consists of three layers. The bottom is a graham cracker, pecan, chocolate, and coconut crust that reminds me of a souped-up cheesecake crust. The middle layer is pretty much just vanilla-flavored frosting (awesome, right?). And the top layer is a simple chocolate ganache. Amazing. So amazing, in fact, that my classic Nanaimo bar recipe won Best in Show in my office cookie and bar contest a few years back.
For these mint chocolate bars, we kept the graham cracker crust and the chocolate ganache top layer. But we replaced the middle vanilla layer with a mint chocolate chip filling. The combo of mint and chocolate in this is spectacular! And the green food coloring is an added dose of festivity. We are in love with these bars.
Is that raw egg in the crust?
Kind of? The egg gets tempered with hot, melted chocolate, so it will be partially cooked. But if undercooked eggs make you shudder from a food safety perspective, you can absolutely use pasteurized eggs instead.
How do I store these mint chocolate bars?
This no-bake dessert can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. They also freeze beautifully! Cut them into squares and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Store in a zip-top bag or freezer-safe food storage container. Let the frozen bars sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving.