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Sweet! Iconic Nanaimo bar gets its own stamp

Delhi News-Record 2019-04-12 09:22:22

A new set of Canada Post stamps featuring five iconic desserts from around the country includes the Nanaimo bar, Saskatoon berry pie, butter tarts, tarte au sucre (sugar pie) and blueberry grunt. They're available April 17, 2019, and were designed by Roy White and Liz Wurzinger of Subplot Design Inc., from illustrations by Mary Ellen Johnsonn. Submitted / Canada Post

It’s been quite a few weeks for the Nanaimo bar.

First, the famed three-layer dessert got its own spread, so to speak, in the New York Times.

Now, it’s getting its own stamp of approval.

Canada Post plans to release stamps of the Nanaimo bar and four other Canadian desserts from across the country next week.

The Sweet Canada stamp issue features butter tarts from Ontario, tarte au sucre (sugar pie) from Quebec, blueberry grunt from the East Coast, Saskatoon berry pie from the Prairies as well as Nanaimo bars.

“Rich and chocolatey Nanaimo bars have been associated with their namesake Vancouver Island city since the no-bake recipe first appeared there in the 1950s,” Canada Post announced on its website.

The issue date for the stamps is set for April 17.

Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog savoured the news when told Thursday of the new stamp.

“I couldn’t be prouder than to have the dessert recognized as one of Nanaimo’s many contributions to the world,” he said.

The former MLA for Nanaimo credited the bar’s surge in popularity of late to its unparalleled taste.

“It’s popular because it’s really good,” he said, noting that Nanaimo bars were on the menu when then-U.S. president Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, hosted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, for a state dinner in 2016.

“It is a signature dessert for this country, up there with the famous butter tart and the other desserts,” Krog said. “I always say to everybody, whenever I’m at an event, if there’s Nanaimo bar, ‘Be patriotic. Eat some Nanaimo bar.’ ”

The City of Nanaimo’s website describes the bar’s history as “elusive” and “shrouded in mystery.”

“Of course, we know that Nanaimo bars originated in Nanaimo, or they would be called New York bars, or New Brunswick bars,” the site says.

As for the best way to make one, Krog holds to the results of a 1986 competition to find the ultimate Nanaimo bar recipe. The contest, spearheaded by then-mayor Graeme Roberts, was won by Joyce Hardcastle.

“That is THE recipe,” Krog said. “And that’s the recipe you want to make.”

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