Photo courtesy of Nanaimo Tourism
What’s not to love about a triple-layered, chocolate-slathered slab of sweetness with a biscuit bottom and a creamy middle? Though the Nanaimo bar’s origins are a matter of intense debate –some claim it was invented by Dutch settlers; others say it’s from the United Kingdom and another argument posits it was the winning recipe of a 1950s baking contest –Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, is its indisputable home. To celebrate its namesake dessert, the city of Nanaimo offers fans self-guided tours of the treat’s many incarnations, from a Nanaimo bar-inspired martini to a Nanaimo bar-infused cheesecake. Just don’t try to consume them all in one day.