Candy Cane Nanaimo Bars

240 32 servings, 1 bar (37 g) each
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32 servings, 1 bar (37 g) each

We've given our classic Nanaimo bars a festive twist. With a touch of peppermint extract and sprinkling of crushed candy canes, these Candy Cane Nanaimo Bars are perfect for holiday gift-giving.

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  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Microwave 2 oz. chocolate and 1/2 cup butter in large microwaveable bowl on MEDIUM 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Blend in egg. Stir in graham crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press onto bottom of 9-inch square pan. Bake 8 min.; cool completely.
  • Beat 1/4 cup of the remaining butter, custard powder, milk, sugar, extract and food colouring with mixer until well blended; spread onto crust. Refrigerate 15 min.
  • Microwave remaining chocolate and butter in microwaveable bowl 2 to 3 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over custard layer; sprinkle with candy. Refrigerate 3 hours before cutting into bars.

Make it Easy

For easy removal of dessert from pan before cutting into bars, line empty pan with foil or parchment paper, with ends extending over sides. Then, use the foil handles to remove chilled dessert from pan before cutting into bars.

How to Store

Store bars in airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week. Or for longer storage, freeze bars up to 3 months. Thaw overnight before serving.


  • 32 servings, 1 bar (37 g) each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 32 servings, 1 bar (37 g) each
Calories 160
% Daily Value
Total fat 9g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 80mg
Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary fibre 1g
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 0 %DV
Iron 2 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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  • dmansouri |

    super awesome

  • soccernut_ay |

    Delicious, but I don't know if I'll make them again. Custard layer was too runny, making the treats very messy (could add more sugar or less milk) and the coconut layer was too thick (could just make less). Although these are easy to fix, the biggest issue was the difficulty of cutting into bars without cracking the chocolate on top. Tried scoring through with a sharp knife after an hour of refrigeration; this helped a little, but most bars were still too cracked and untidy to give away or share with company.

  • kitfever |

    I made these for Christmas 2011 - I honestly wasn't sure because I have never made nanaimo bars before, so was scared to make these. They turned out very well. The one thing I found difficult was to crush the candy cane as crushing it in a ziploc bag yielded various pieces of candy cane in different sizes and also a fine powder, but I tried to avoid using the powder for the tops of the bars and just the pieces.