Nanaimo what?! The Nanaimo bar /nəˈnaɪmoʊ/ is a dessert item of Canadian origin. It is a bar dessert which requires no baking and is named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. It consists of three layers: a wafer, nut, and coconut crumb base; custard icing in the middle; and a layer of chocolate ganache on top. Served at Quarter Acre Café since always!