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Does anyone know what these are called? And do you have a recipe for it?

I love these chocolate chewy nutty things but I don't know what they're called. The two places where I have purchased them in the past call them chocolate chewy squares and decadent sweet D's. I've tried searching for these online but can't seem to find a recipe. Please help!

The bottom layer is chewy and filled with nuts and some sort of cereal, the top is chocolate ganache.

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    1. re: njmarshall55

      Definitely not a brownie. The chewy bottom layer is not brownie-like at all.

    2. Breaking down your description and photo, I'd say they are chocolate ganache fudge brownies.
      They look just like this:

      With the addition of nuts and possibly puffed rice.

      Also Google fudge nut brownies with ganache topping.

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      1. re: monavano

        As I mentioned above, these are definitely not brownies. the bottom layer is not cake or brownie-like in texture. It's really chewy and with nutty bits and crunchy bits. The crunchy bits I suspect are rice crispies or cornflakes.

        I guess the photo does sort of look like a brownie. I wish I could take a better picture of it.

        1. re: chefhound

          Fudge brownies are far closer to fudge than to cake. Very different in fact and very little flour in the batter.


          Check out the differences between different types of brownies.

          And a Chow thread:

          Hopefully it comes close. Good luck!

          1. re: chefhound

            I'm still thinking they are a brownie variety. Playing around with the type and amount of flour can give you DRASTICALLY different textures. Less flour, more fat (egg yolk), + add in nuts and maybe puffed rice and I think you end up with the product pictured in your OP.

        2. Where did you get the picture? Were these ones that you purchased "in the past?" Or something recently?

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          1. re: wyogal

            I bought it today.

            A friend of mine found a recipe that seems close. It's called Chocolate peanut butter cornflake crunch bars. The corn syrup in the recipe would provide the chew I'm looking for. I need to add the ganache on top though. And it's a no-bake recipe. Yahoo!

            1. re: chefhound

              Where did you buy it? Is it similar to that no bake chocolate cookie? .... hmmm, with oatmeal, can't remember the name of it. It's cooked on the stovetop, but alas, not very chewy. Probably similar to the cornflake ones.

              1. re: wyogal

                I got it at a the bakery of a department store near my office.

                I got a friend with a better camera to take another photo. The bottom layer is very chewy - almost like a rice crispy square but with more of the chewy stuff and less cereal.

                1. re: chefhound

                  Does the department store have a name? It could help with ding a search.

                  1. re: wyogal

                    They call them Decadent Sweet D's, which turns up nothing in a Google search

                    1. re: chefhound

                      The name of the department store with a bakery.........

                      1. re: wyogal

                        Oh, thought you meant the bar - it's the Bay, formally known as the Hudson's Bay Company

                        1. re: chefhound

                          It looks to be a form of nanaimo bar, minus the center filling. But it looks to have the same base. I googled Hudson's Bay bars and got lots of results. (that led me to the nanaimo bar search)
                          here's the google images:

                          1. re: wyogal

                            wyogal - thanks for posting that link i had taken a recipe from here a while back for nanaimo bars, never having heard of them previously, but i had no idea what they looked like!

              2. re: chefhound

                I've seen similar things in cookbooks like the Company's Coming Squares book or other basic cookies/bars cookbook. You're in Toronto, so you can find that CC cookbook easily. I'll try and remember to look it up when I go home tonight.

            2. they look like those cellophane-wrapped Little Debbie Fudge Brownies.

              1. My first thought after your description was chocolate Nanaimo bars but without the cream layer (http://www.joyofbaking.com/NanaimoBar...).

                1. Could this be chocolate nougat? I've never made it, but google searching it, found a number of recipes online. Can you taste other flavors/essence in the chewy layer. If it's just for texture/chocolaty-goodness, nougat could be the answer.

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                  1. Looks to me like one of those awful gluten free vegan black bean brownies.

                    Why not just ask 'em?

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                    1. re: ratbuddy

                      Believe me, it's delicious. And I have asked but they won't give you the recipe and they just give you a vague name since they want you to buy it, not make it yourself.

                    2. A form of Nanaimo bar is still my best guess, as it was sold thoughout Canada in the Hudson Bay store's bakeries. The base looks the same and it is also has similar descriptions on the web. It just doesn't have the traditional middle layer.

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                      1. re: wyogal

                        But the Nanaimo bar has coconut in the bottom layer

                        1. re: chefhound

                          oops, meant to reply to this, but look below. Maybe it's a variation?

                        2. re: wyogal

                          Having made many batches of Nanaimo bars these are definitely not them. There is also a yellow custard layer and the bottom layer is far thinner. They do look delicious, though!

                        3. Maybe they substituted rice cereal for the coconut? as a variation?

                          1. They look a little like what Nigella Lawson calls brownies in her Kitchen book but with a different icing. Kids love them, but make them for a dinner party and cut them really small and adults devour. If you want them to look more like this I think you would add less rice crispies and add nuts.


                            1. Could it be a chewy meringue layer?

                              1. is it at all like a chocolate granola bar?

                                1. perhaps marshmallow with choc chips melted in?

                                  1. It looks like what in the UK is called chocolate tiffin, or just tiffin. They are indeed delicious. See google for more details, including pics and recipes.

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                                    1. re: Muchlove

                                      Wow, I googled this and realized that I used to make this for Christmas many years ago...

                                    2. Just an update. The recipe my friend found for a chocolate peanut butter cornflake square was exactly what I was looking for.

                                      Here's the recipe if you're interested. I added a layer of ganache on top.

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                                        1. re: chefhound

                                          from your description it sounds like it's rice flakes candies 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 3 fourths cup dark corn syrup ,1 half cup water 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons vinegar 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups rice flakes 1 cup peanuts or otherp nuts combinerd first 6 ingredients cover and cook utyntil 240 or to the softball stage cool slightly add vanilla and pour over mixture of rice flakes and nuts cool slightly
                                          Let set then top with ganache these are very chewy like a chocolate caramel the ganache was something that was at in later this is my recipe from my 1949 candy cookbook

                                        2. Is it possible that the base is a Chinese chew with a ganache topping?

                                          1. It looks a bit like tiffin or rocy road, or a cornflake crispy in bar form. Either name should give you a bunch of recipes you can riff off of to get close to what you want, though.