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

chefhound Apr 11, 2012 11:12 AM

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. njmarshall55 RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 12:04 PM


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      chefhound RE: njmarshall55 Apr 11, 2012 12:12 PM

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

    2. monavano RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 12:13 PM

      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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        chefhound RE: monavano Apr 11, 2012 12:47 PM

        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.

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          monavano RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 12:54 PM

          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!

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            twyst RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 01:00 PM

            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.

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          wyogal RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 12:54 PM

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

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            chefhound RE: wyogal Apr 11, 2012 01:13 PM

            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!

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              wyogal RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 01:16 PM

              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.

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                chefhound RE: wyogal Apr 11, 2012 01:25 PM

                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.

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                  wyogal RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 01:26 PM

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

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                    chefhound RE: wyogal Apr 11, 2012 01:35 PM

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

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                      wyogal RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 01:35 PM

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

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                        chefhound RE: wyogal Apr 11, 2012 01:50 PM

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

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                          wyogal RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 01:54 PM

                          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:

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                            smilingal RE: wyogal Apr 11, 2012 10:14 PM

                            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
                Sooeygun RE: chefhound Apr 12, 2012 05:41 AM

                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. sunshine842 RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 12:55 PM

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

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                TxnInMtl RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 01:16 PM

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

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                  chocomel RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 02:15 PM

                  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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                    soypower RE: chocomel Apr 11, 2012 07:42 PM

                    I'm with chocomel..I think it's nougat.


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                    ratbuddy RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 02:46 PM

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

                    Why not just ask 'em?

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                      chefhound RE: ratbuddy Apr 11, 2012 03:10 PM

                      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.

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                      wyogal RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 02:52 PM

                      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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                        chefhound RE: wyogal Apr 11, 2012 03:08 PM

                        But the Nanaimo bar has coconut in the bottom layer

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                          wyogal RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 03:16 PM

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

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                          chefathome RE: wyogal Apr 11, 2012 06:59 PM

                          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!

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                          wyogal RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 03:16 PM

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

                          1. waver RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 06:48 PM

                            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.


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                              sandylc RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 07:49 PM

                              Could it be a chewy meringue layer?

                              1. sarahjay RE: chefhound Apr 11, 2012 09:22 PM

                                is it at all like a chocolate granola bar?

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                                  dianne0712 RE: chefhound Apr 15, 2012 10:08 AM

                                  perhaps marshmallow with choc chips melted in?

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                                    Muchlove RE: chefhound Apr 15, 2012 10:17 AM

                                    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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                                      sandylc RE: Muchlove Apr 15, 2012 10:27 AM

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

                                    2. chefhound RE: chefhound Apr 23, 2012 08:54 AM

                                      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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                                        rstuart RE: chefhound Apr 23, 2012 02:01 PM

                                        Looks great.. thanks chefhound!

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                                          jmchamps RE: chefhound Nov 10, 2012 07:37 PM

                                          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. Ruthie789 RE: chefhound Nov 11, 2012 02:28 AM

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

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                                            limoen RE: chefhound Nov 11, 2012 02:40 AM

                                            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.

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