Luscious No Bake Chocolate Bars
Oh, my, this recipe for Luscious No Bake Chocolate Bars is heavenly! It is SO decadent, SO rich, yes, sinfully rich. It’s also SO spectacular that you will want to make it ALL the time! It has a wonderful chocolate-graham cracker-nuts-coconut crust. It’s topped with a luscious icing layer made with instant vanilla pudding mix. Then melted chocolate chips and butter are spread as the final topping. It is a sugar high and chocolate addiction waiting to happen–no kidding!
Our family has always loved these chocolate bars. Our Canadian friends refer to this recipe as Nanaimo Bars. They’re named after the city in British Columbia from where these delicious bars originated. My mom had an old cookbook compiled from teachers and parents of kids in the Bellevue, Washington, school system. They lived there in the mid-to late 1950s. That cookbook referred to these delicious bars, “Georgia Street Slices.”
My mom actually clipped this recipe from the Florida Today Newspaper back in the mid-1960s. At that time, the lady who submitted the recipe was named Sharon Haggerty. Mom always referred to these scrumptious treats as Sharon Haggerty Chocolate Bars. But I’m pretty sure Sharon Haggerty was not the originator of this fabulous recipe.
All I can say is that if you make this delicious chocolate bar you are in for a real treat. They are beyond spectacular! And the wonderful thing about them is you don’t have to bake them. You must keep them refrigerated as they will soften up too much if you leave them out.
I have had them last for a week or two in the refrigerator. (That is, if we haven’t gobbled them all down by then). I do recommend refrigerating or even freezing these bars before cutting. And you may want to cut them down into bite-sized pieces. Truly they are so sweet you can hardly eat more than a little at a time.
I made these a couple of weeks ago for a Ladies’ Craft Activity at our church. Anytime I’ve ever made this dessert, everyone just raves over these luscious treats. This is a sensational dessert to wow your office staff, your family and friends. It’s also terrific to serve just because you love chocolate. I can’t recommend this dessert highly enough.
Luscious No Bake Chocolate Bars are absolutely incredible. You will hardly be able to wait before putting another sumptuous bar in your mouth. This is one dessert you don’t want to miss. Get the recipe and be sure to make it as soon as you can!
Luscious No Bake Chocolate Bars are amazing.
Luscious No Bake Chocolate Bars are so drool worthy. I really recommend you cut them even smaller than these because they are so sweet.
If you take a tray of these scrumptious bars to your office, Christmas parties, or a tailgating party you will be the hit of the group.
Once you make these once, all your friends will ask you to make them every time you bring something!
Here’s what I did.
Melt butter in saucepan over low heat. Add sugar and cocoa.
Add vanilla and beaten egg. You MUST beat the egg first, otherwise it can curdle and start cooking like soft boiled eggs!
Whisk over low heat until all the ingredients are melted and well combined.
Remove from heat. Add graham cracker crumbs, nuts, any kind will do. Add coconut.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Press into a 9×13″ greased baking dish. Toss in the refrigerator while you make the next layer.
Soften — don’t melt — butter. Add only two tablespoons vanilla pudding mix and milk.
Add powdered sugar.
Mix with an electric mixer to combine.
Remove dish from refrigerator and spread the icing layer over top of the graham cracker layer. It’s a very thin layer so do the best you can in making it cover the entire surface. Put back in the refrigerator to cool.
Melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat.
Whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and cool a few minutes.
Spread chocolate mixture carefully over top of the icing layer. Refrigerate or freeze for a few hours before cutting.
To serve: cut into bars.
Luscious No Bake Chocolate Bars are sinfully rich, decadent and heavenly.
This dessert is one of the most amazing desserts we’ve EVER eaten.
Here’s the recipe.
LUSCIOUS NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE BARS
(Recipe from my Mom, Helen Mattis, Titusville, FL, as clipped from the Florida Today Newspaper, mid 1960s)
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 5 tbsp. cocoa
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- 1 cup coconut
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened (NOT MELTED)
- 3 tbsp. milk
- 2 tbsp. dry instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- Heat butter, vanilla, 1/4 cup sugar, beaten egg and cocoa in small saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir to mix. Remove from heat.
- Add graham cracker crumbs, nuts and coconut.
- Stir into above mixture.
- Spread mixture into a greased 9×13” glass baking dish.
- Put dish in refrigerator to harden while making next layer.
- Mix 1/2 cup softened butter, 3 tbsp. milk, vanilla pudding mix and powdered sugar.
- Cream with mixer until fluffy.
- Spread this icing layer on top of the refrigerated chocolate mixture.
- Refrigerate 15 minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat.
- Spread on cooled mixture above.
- Refrigerate or freeze.
- Will keep a week or two in the refrigerator. (If they last that long).
Seriously, you need to prepare yourself for a sugar high.
These chocolate bars are so addictive you won’t want to stop. But you better share!
We love Luscious No Bake Chocolate Bars or Nanaimo Bars as some people call them. We think you will too! Better take one last look because before you know it they will be going, going, G-O-N-E!!!