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HomeMiscellanyExclusive: NDP plans emergency measure to solve B.C.’s Nanaimo Bar shortage

Exclusive: NDP plans emergency measure to solve B.C.’s Nanaimo Bar shortage


First it was toilet paper disappearing from store shelves across the province.

Now it is the Nanaimo Bar, British Columbia’s delectable, chocolate-topped dessert bar.

The Nanaimo Bar, a B.C. masterpiece. (City of Nanaimo)

Or, more precisely, the butter that forms an integral part of the venerable recipe.

Many quick serve bakeries and cafes are closed because of the coronavirus public health emergency. British Columbians are rediscovering home cooking while obeying orders to stay home, which has led to a butter shortage at supermarkets. For those reasons, the beloved Nanaimo Bar has suddenly become harder to find and harder to make.

How much butter is needed?

Joyce Hardcastle’s recipe that won her the best in Nanaimo in a 1986 civic contest calls for 1/2 cup of butter on the bottom layer, 1/2 a cup on the second layer and 2 tablespoons of butter on the third layer.

Mike Farnworth

Under the Emergency Program Act, Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has the power to ration butter and classify Nanaimo Bar bakers an essential service.

An announcement on the NDP government’s Nanaimo Bar plan, which has been told will be called #ButterBC, is scheduled at The Bastion in Nanaimo for just before noon today, with associate deputy minister of public safety, Prima A. Prilis.

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