August 9, 2011

Mint Chocolate Nanaimo Bars: and Anthropolgie Giveaway

Today is a special day.

We're making Nanaimo bars and having a contest.

It's an Anthropologie apron contest. No joke.

I am totally obsessed with Anthropologie and their aprons.

I have one. It's yellow and beige and has ruffles. I love it.

Last week, I went there and bought a few things. A cup, a bowl, and a napkin.

While I was there, I saw this really cute apron and it reminded me of you.

It is beige with blue flowers and polka dots. It's the cutest thing I have ever seen - just like you.

I only bought one. I should have bought more, but I didn't. I'm sorry.

Seeing as I only have one apron to give away, I have decided to make it a contest. Don't worry, it's an easy contest. All you'll need is thirty seconds. Tops.

What you'll need to do is leave me a comment at the end of this post. Let me know the first thing you'd make while wearing this apron. It can be food related or not.

Maybe you'd make a paper mache volcano, or a salty body scrub. Heck you might even make a macaroni necklace. That's cool. You're creative. I like it.

You have until Thursday August 18, 2011 @ 12:00 am PST to leave a comment. Also, don't forget to leave your email address!

I will be announcing the {randomly drawn} winner Friday August 19, 2011 here, on my blog. And, I will also be announcing the winner on my facebook page, so make sure you stay tuned!

Since you asked. If I won a new apron, I would make Nanaimo bars. Why? They're awesome.

I am totally obsessed with Nanaimo bars. I could eat like a hundred and still not get sick of them {but probably sick, literally}.

Once, during university, I made Nanaimo bars and ate the whole tray in one week. Gross, I know.

They are pretty easy to make. No baking involved. Just chilling. A lot of chilling.

First, melt some butter, and sugar, and cocoa.

Then add an egg, some graham cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts, and vanilla.

Mix it up.

Press it into the bottom of a baking dish and let chill.

While that's chilling, beat some butter, sugar, custard powder, milk, mint, and green food coloring.

YUM. Green, minty, fluffy, frosting.

Spread it onto your graham crust and let chill, again. 20 minutes more.

Now, melt some chocolate and butter.

Don't be lazy like me and try to melt the chocolate in a saucepan directly on the stove top. It will not work.

The chocolate should be melted in a double boiler. It's a must.

Pour the melty chocolate on top of the bars. Let them chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

If you're like me, then you will put your Nanaimo bars in the freezer, because they will somehow taste extra minty if they are frozen. Weird, right?

Minty Nanaimo bars are magical. Regular Nanaimo bars are not so bad either.

If you're not a big fan of mint {I'll forgive you this time}, omit the peppermint extract and green food coloring, and add 2 tbsp of vanilla pudding or custard mix to the butter and sugar mixture.

Nanaimo bars are sweet, chocolaty squares of amazingness. You'll fall in love. For sure.

makes 25 small bars
notes: if you're not a big fan of mint, omit the peppermint extract and green food coloring, and add 1/2 tsp vanilla to the middle layer instead. 

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg, beaten
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped finely

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups confectioners sugar
2 tbsp custard powder
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
10 drops of green food coloring (if you are using food color paste, use less drops 4-5)

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp unsalted butter


Line a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.

In a medium sauce pan melt the butter, granulated sugar, and cocoa powder on low heat. Remove from heat and mix in the beaten egg. Add the graham cracker crumbs, coconut, vanilla, walnuts and stir until combined. Press flat into the pan with a spatula. Place in the fridge and cool.

In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugar, and custard powder with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the milk one tbsp at a time. Next, add the peppermint and food coloring and beat until light and fluffy. Spread evenly onto the graham crust and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter. Pour on top the middle layer, tipping the pan back and forth ensuring an even layer of chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge and let sit until the chocolate is easy to cut. Cut the bars in into 25 small squares. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 6 months.


  1. that is the cutest! i would love one!

  2. The first treat I would make wearing this apron would be June's Best Homemade Raisin Oatmeal cookies. Love Mom

  3. The first thing I would make wearing this cute little apron is sweet relish - seeing how canning season is approaching us.

    By the way - I also love mint nanaimo bars...

  4. Robyne Simpson10 August, 2011

    hmmm what would I be making while wearing this apron? Since cooking is not my strong suite I would probably be making a batch of my home made sugar scrubs. Margarita scent is my favourite

  5. I would make cookies for my coworkers and the security at my work. They are always helping out and are all amazing people. :') (They did a huge favor for me today, heh.)

  6. I think I would make a toasted crostini with some fresh mozzarella, grilled peaches and basil. Oh, and maybe a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on top. Something simple fresh and delicious!

  7. i love reading cooking blogs and cookbooks (especially when they have lots of pretty pictures like this one!), but i don't really cook much, so the first thing i would make would probably be pb&j. :)

  8. The first thing I would make while wearing this apron would be 100 jars of blueberry jam as favors for my brothers wedding... and because I love blueberries :)

  9. Oh how absolutely gorgeous :) ive got an espresso nanaimo bar ive been wanting to make for a while and these are on the list too now! I made some mint choccy cookies today so love the combo, this just looks simply lovely :)

  10. The first thing I would make is to make my fiancé fall in love with me again since he loves my aprons and my cooking.

  11. I would make roasted peaches topped with goat cheese and honey. Sounds odd but I promise they're delicious (and they look fancy!).

  12. I just found a recipe for white chocolate souffles with chocolate raspberry sauce. I would definitely be making it in that apron, super classy!

  13. gooey cinnamon rolls!

    I love this apron. So adorable!

  14. So so SO cute! I just bought a timer and 2 glasses from Anthropologie for my new kitchen--an apron would go perfectly! (:

  15. ooh, nanaimo bars have been on my list of things to make for weeks, actually. but i'm also in a cookie-baking zone too. cake mix cookies. chocolate zucchini cookies. crushed peppermint cookies. it'll be hard to decide.

  16. I would look so adorable in this apron... You know that I don't usually cook, but for the occasion, I would make blueberry pie, with a cinnamon crust. Because I'm in Maine, and the blueberries are small, sweet, and perfect. I have been eating them everyday, in pies. pancakes, granola, or just on their own. Amazing.

  17. That's a pretty sweet apron.

    I would make a vegetable/sweet potato hash and some Southwestern scrambled eggs with a honey-chipotle sauce. Because nothing says "I'm wearing an apron" like cooking a hearty brunch on a Sunday morning.

    (grahamatron5000 at gmail)

  18. I think I'd make my mom's peanut butter fudge. It's soooooo yummy!

    dark_angel_1189 (at)

  19. Cute, cute apron! I'd make salsa & hope I don't spill on it!

  20. This looks bomb.

    This apron would go well with spinach dip. and a refreshing cucumber cup cocktail.

    ah, summer.


  21. Bread-making requires an apron. I'd make focaccia bread - the kind made with potatoes as well as flour, and where the bits of sun-dried tomatoes end up tasting like cheese.

  22. If I won I would make banana muffins with favourite muffin.

  23. These bars look incredible! What a cute giveaway. I may be a boy but I'd rock that apron baking a big chocolate cake!

  24. Your pictures are beautiful!! And so is that apron! I mean, who doesn't love Anthropologie?! In this gorgeous piece of cooking couture, I would make blueberry meringues (or really, attempt to make them.... a new apron calls for a new recipe, right?!)!


  25. Oooh this looks so good, never thought of making mint ones, must make!

    With that Anthropologie apron, I would make fresh strawberry ice cream served with mascerated red wine vinager sosaked strawberries!


  26. These look...amazing! I'm no fan of mint, but they look good enough to make an exception.

    I love your blog! I just found it through taste-spotting, but I will definitely be checking it out more thoroughly.

  27. wonderful recipe! the first thing I would make would probably be tiramasu since I have never made it before and want to try it.

  28. First, I'd make a sexy face, but then I'd make some brownies swirled with peanut butter!

  29. The first thing I would make wearing the apron would be a large batch of chocolate chip cookies!!

    P.S. I can't wait to try this recipe...looks amazing!

  30. great idea to improve nanaimo bars! I spent all of last summer working at the canadian parliament and i never knew how much canadians take pride in their nanaimos until that time haha. The first thing I would probably do in the apron (if i won it) would be to finish off my applications for architecture school.. and then celebrate by finishing off some fabulous mint chocolate chip ice cream :)

  31. These look delicious but I can't get graham crackers in England! If I had the apron I would make my Grandma's famous gnocchi recipe...involves a lot of messy flour so an apron would be beneficial.

  32. I would definitely make a rhubarb crumb bar. CRAVING those babies right now :)


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  33. mm, maybe some peanut butter cream cheese swirl brownies. how can you possible go wrong with that? and then i'd send half to you because i'd be so excited to finally own an anthropolgie apron. is it just me, or have you always wanted them to make those into dresses?

  34. The first thing I would make in this apron is banana pudding! with chocolate chips! and a whiskey sour!

  35. The first thing I'd make is little red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting!

  36. Was searching for a Nanaimo bar recipe and found your blog!

    The first thing I would make in this apron is my grandmother's granola. She always wore an apron and this apron and her recipe would be instant friends.

    Thanks for the Nanaimo bar recipe!

  37. Well I am with Melissa on the relish, however it would not be sweet but rather my Grandma's "Molly's Cold Meat Relish" or perhaps pickled jalapeno peppers if they are at the market this weekend.
    Yet, if this is not about timing - the first thing I would make likely would involve fresh figs or peaches, huckleberries and mascarpone!

  38. lovely apron, the colours are amazing. i would roll out pie crusts, and make pies with that apron. thanks for the naniamo recipe. haven't ever tried it because thought it was too hard. easy peasy. thanks.
    laura huffman

  39. what that beautiful apron needs is a martini, yes I would definately make a martini. (James Bond would go well with the apron too!)

  40. would these ship well???

    thanks rachel

  41. The first thing I would make in the apron would be dinner and dessert for my husband to be! Getting married to my soul mate November 5th 2011! Can't wait!

  42. The first thing I would make would be something fun, like cookies or cupcakes

  43. Rachel - I don't think these would ship well. They need to be kept cool. Sorry.

  44. OMG so cute!
    I think I'd have to make pumpkin soup to welcome in the coming fall.

  45. The first thing I'd Nana's Nut Horn recipe. While we normally only have them at Christmas, I've been craving them lately and since copious amounts of powdered sugar end up on my clothes instead of those little nut horns, the apron would be a necessity!

    shel704 at aol dot com

  46. i'm obsessed with this apron. i'd attempt to make my grandma's gnocchi...a perfect dish and apron to accent my first apartment :)

  47. The 1st thing I'd make while wearing this apron: the Baked Alaska my niece requested for her birthday dinner. Wearing something new while baking something new.

  48. I would make chocolate whoopie pies. My favorite thing to share with friends.

  49. I forgot to leave my e-mail carissa258(at)

  50. A Apple Crisp.


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  52. Can't wait to make mint chocolatenanaimo bars

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