posted on May, 31 2009 @ 09:20 AM
I live in Nanaimo BC Canada....it is reported that Nanaimo is where the recipe for Nanaimo bars originated. Local folklore here suggests that these
bars were made by the wives of the miners in this community in the 19th century so that the miners would have a high calorie, high energy boost when
they were deep in the mines. Nanaimo is an old coal mining town situated on a large Island on the west coast of British Columbia Canada. Nanaimo is
only 24 miles away from the big city of Vancouver..but it is 24 miles of open ocean and you need to take an hour and half ferry ride to get to and
recipe for Nanaimo bars www.gonanaimo.com...
While the origins of the Nanaimo bar are unknown, local legend claims that the bar originated in Nanaimo in the 1950s. Although unsubstantiated, the
traditional story in Nanaimo is that a local housewife submitted the recipe to a magazine or newspaper under the name "Nanaimo Bars" for a recipe
contest. Her recipe won, giving it substantial publicity. It made its way throughout the province's communities by way of household cookery
recipes shared by housewives in the 1950s, particularly via company towns. The earliest confirmed printed copy of the recipe "Nanaimo Bars" appears
in a publication entitled His/Hers Favorite Recipes, Compiled by the Women's Association of the Brechin United Church (1957), with the recipe
submitted by Joy Wilgress (p.52). (The Brechin United Church is in the north side of Nanaimo.) This recipe also is reprinted in Kim Blank's book Sex,
Life Itself, and the Original Nanaimo Bar Recipe (Umberto Press, 1999, pp.127-29).
In 1954 the recipe "Mable's Squares" (p.84) was published in "The Country Woman's Favorite" by the Upper Gloucester Women's Institute (New
Brunswick). The recipe was submitted by Mrs. Harold Payne, the daughter of Mable (Knowles) Scott (1883-1957). The ingredient list, quantities, and
assembly steps closely match the recipe found on the City of Nanaimo web site.
Other unconfirmed references date the bars back to the 1930s, when it was said to be known locally as "chocolate fridge cake". Some New Yorkers
claim that it originated in New York, and refer to them as "New York Slices". One modern reference even refers to the bars existing in nineteenth
It is very beautiful here in this part of the world and it used to be commonly called "God's country". and this term was used especially by the
tourism industry..but it appears that the term "God's Country" is no longer lovingly used in these parts...I guess it became unpopular to use the