The Sweet Story of the Nanaimo Bar

Grade 3-10 – Online Pre-recorded Program 

Cost: $10 for 1-month access, from date of booking confirmation 

Video length: 15 minutes 

Activity: class discussions; Class Recipe Book activity, supported by Educator’s Guide and templates. 

Program Coordinator Steph spills the tea on the history of the Nanaimo Bar as she makes a pan of the iconic treat! Part cooking show, part history lesson, the Nanaimo Bar story is as layered as the dessert itself. Hear about its murky origins, the competition to find the ultimate Nanaimo Bar recipe, its rise to fame, and the controversies that have made headlines in the past few years.  

The end of this video prompts a class discussion on the significance of family recipes.  

The class activity is a recipe round up, where each student collects one special recipe from their family, heritage, or media that they love, and compile them into a class cookbook. A recipe for Nanaimo Bars is include in the activity materials, with the option for classes to make their own together, with or without nuts.  

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Have you already booked? Using the password on your booking confirmation, visit the Nanaimo Bar Access Portal here!


Follow-up Q& A: Nanaimo Bars (Optional)

Cost: $10 per class for 15-minute session

Do you think your students will have more questions? Add on a 15-minute Follow-up Q&A Session. When filling out the booking form below, choose a date near the end of your month of access, or after it, and check the box for the Nanaimo Bars Follow Up Q&A. A museum educator will connect with your class via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. The purpose of this session is to answer burning questions, satisfy curiosity, and extend the discussion on the program topics. Be sure to have student questions on hand to make the most of this session.  



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