PC Nanaimo Bar Baking Mix is a seasonal baking mix that is available only for a limited time. It is made in a peanut-free facility and is $4.99 (+500 pts) a box.
Also, I don’t know how they did it but their PC Butter Flavour Canola Oil Cooking Spray really does smell like butter and so far works great for baking. It is $2.99 a can. I used it to spray my 8 x 8″ square pan which I then lined with parchment paper.
Hmmm… You still need to provide your own egg, 2-3 tbsp of milk and 6 tbsp of butter. Butter is super expensive so I factored the additional expense into my product review.
This is what comes inside the box: a mix for the bottom, the creamy layer and chocolate chips for the melted chocolate layer on top.
Making the Mix
To make the bottom layer you must melt 1/2 cup of butter and mix it into the base mix. Then stir in an egg, press into the prepared pan and bake on middle rack for 7-8 minutes in a 325F preheated oven. You have to let everything cool down completely before going to the next step.
You need to beat the filling mix with 3 tbsp of softened butter and 2 tbsp of milk until moistened, adding 1 tbsp more if needed. Which it was.
Spread evenly over base and smooth the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until set.
In a small sauce pan over low heat I melted the chocolate chips with 3 tbsp of remaining butter.
Remember to stir constantly until smooth.
Spread over the base, smooth the top and again refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Wow! Can you say suh-weet?!! Reg and I could only have tiny bites of this BC-based treat. The base layer was coconut-y and chocolate-y, the filling custard-y and the chocolate melt-y-y. Just like it should be.
If you are a fan of Nanaimo Bars but really do not want to make them 100% from scratch this might be a good fit. You will need to have quite a bit of time open in your schedule and must not mind spending around $6 to make them. They would be great for holiday treat-giving.
It is still a lot of work though and time-consuming and not exactly inexpensive. I personally would not make them again because it took so long and they were just too sweet for us but if these sound like a good fit for you, I give these four out of five wooden spoons.