Our New Favourite Dessert of the Summer: Nanaimo Bar Popsicles

nanamo bar popsicles drizzled with chocolate on parchment paper
30 min
6-8 bars (depending on size of popsicle mold)

The Nanaimo bar is one of those great Canadian desserts with a name that does not at all describe the deliciousness of what is actually in the bar itself (a sweet coconut and graham cracker base, topped with custard-flavoured buttercream and finished with a thin layer of chocolate ganache).

Well, skip the grocery store. We’re giving the humble Nanaimo bar a refreshing summer makeover just in time for Canada Day. This fudgy, creamy and decadent popsicle recipe consists of three main components that pay homage to the iconic dessert: a chocolate custard base studded with crushed graham cracker pieces and toasted coconut flakes, a vanilla custard centre and a dark chocolate drizzle.



Vanilla Custard Layer

1 ½
cups whole milk
cup heavy cream
cup granulated sugar
large egg yolks
Tbsp cornstarch
tsp vanilla

Chocolate Layer

cup dark chocolate, chopped
Crushed graham crackers
Toasted coconut flakes

Chocolate Drizzle

cup dark chocolate, chopped
Tbsp coconut oil


Step 1

Combine milk, cream and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes until it reaches a gentle simmer. Remove saucepan from heat.

Step 2

Whisk egg yolks, cornstarch and vanilla in a heatproof bowl until well combined.

Step 3

Slowly stream in the hot milk mixture over egg yolk mixture while whisking constantly.

Step 4

Return mixture to saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 6-8 minutes or until custard thickens and coats the back of a metal spoon.

Step 5

Once custard has thickened, transfer the custard into two separate bowls to cool, with 1/3 of the custard in one bowl and 2/3 of the custard in the other (we will be reserving the smaller portion for the chocolate layer).

nanaimo filling being squeezed into a popsicle mold
Step 6

While custard is cooling, place chopped dark chocolate for the chocolate layer over a double boiler. Once chocolate has melted, using a rubber spatula, fold the melted dark chocolate into the reserved smaller portion of the custard.

Step 7

Allow custard to cool before transferring to popsicle molds. Place a piece of saran wrap directly on the custard to prevent a ‘skin’ from forming on top of the custard.

Step 8

Once custard has cooled, transfer custard into popsicle molds. The vanilla custard layer goes in the mold first, taking up the majority of the mold. A thinner layer of chocolate custard goes on top of the vanilla layer. Insert the popsicle sticks, cover and freeze overnight.

popsicle sticks being added to nanaimo popsicles
Step 9

When popsicles are ready to be served, melt the remainder of the dark chocolate and add coconut oil to create the chocolate drizzle.

chocolate being drizzled over nanaimo popsicles
Step 10

Drizzle unmolded popsicles with chocolate and sprinkle with crushed graham cracker and toasted coconut flakes. Serve immediately.

nanaimo popsicles, ready to serve

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