A Care Package 4 Afghanistan

With LT Bob now serving in Afghanistan, I am always thinking about, or putting together, a package o’ fun to send him. I pleaded with Bob to tell me what he would be thrilled to receive, what would be a great surprise, what is on his wishlist that maybe I can handle, all to support him while away. No request is too large or too small, too simple or too complicated. Some requests may take longer than others, but eventually I prevail and find and/or accomplish everything, all hoping to make his big Navy heart sing. Well, happily he recently told me a few things that he would be happy to see arrive in his mailbox.

Here’s the current list I’m working on:
1. The copy of Backpacker Magazine that has an article about hiking in Europe.
2. A set of single bed sheets, 100% cotton, with a high thread count and a fun pattern.
3. Sheet garters (also called linen suspenders) to keep his sheets taut on the mattress.

. . . and I’ve saved the best till last . . .
4. A big batch of Nanaimo bars!

That’s a task I can handle with ease!

This afternoon I went over to my friend Violet’s house to make a huge batch (we 4x the recipe!) of Nanaimo Bars to send in the mail to Bob. Violet is actually from Nanaimo BC and makes the very best bars I have ever tasted. She has the method down to a science and her perfect timing turns out the most delicious bars. What fun we had!


1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
5 Tbls. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1-3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup butter
*3 Tbls. whipping cream (1/2 & 1/2 or milk is OK too.)
2 Tbls. Birds custard powder
2 cups powdered sugar
*NOTE: It may take more or less liquid to give the best spreading consistency.
You want it to be a bit stiffer than regular cake frosting.

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
1 Tbls. butter

1. Mix 1/2 cup butter, white sugar, cocoa powder, egg and vanilla in a heavy sauce pan or double boiler. Stir over low heat until mixture is of custard like consistency.
2. Combine graham crackers, coconut and walnuts and add to the melted mixture. Mix well and pack into buttered 9 x 9 inch pan.
3. Cream 1/4 cup butter, powdered sugar, vanilla custard powder and milk. Beat until creamy and spread over base.
4. Refrigerate till hardened.
5. Melt semi-sweet chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter and drizzle over custard icing. Refrigerate. When totally hardened cut into square bars.

Betcha can’t eat just one!

For other Nanaimo Bar variations.


One response to this post.

  1. Bob is going to love it! And thanks for sharing this recipe, I am definitely going to be making these. Is it blasphemous that I have never eaten a Nanaimo bar? Shocking, I know.


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