Confetti Bars

Confetti Bars


In my book, the local treats everyone always prepares count for even more than dishes that originate in the region but that no one really makes.

The suggestion was made for me to use Reddit to crowdsource ideas. I hadn’t used it much before, but I’m glad I started. There’s a certain thrill in knowing you’re actually communicating with the real people who are experts in your topic of interest—in this case, Saskatchewan food.

Under /r/saskatchewan, I submitted “Saskatchewan Recipes,” under which I asked: What are some recipes or foods from Saskatchewan?

/u/Ocarina_21, replied:

That sort of square thing with variously coloured marshmallows and I think peanut butter. It’s at all sorts of Saskatchewan events, but I don’t think I’ve ever been told what it’s called. And then if you’re a masochist, there’s that vile “puffed wheat cake” 

I went on a quest to hunt down the name of this recipe. I Googled “recipe marshmallows peanut butter saskatchewan” and this was the first result with Saskatchewan in it: 

Marie, the author, says this about the recipe: 

Anyway, confetti bars. Haven’t had em in a long time, and have noticed that they definitely aren’t the ubiquitous party/ holiday treat here, that they are back home. You can’t go to a Canadian potluck, Christmas dinner, or wedding social without coming across these things! I’m not taking any credit for the recipe itself, as it’s one that you just learn as a kid, and absolutely everyone knows.

And then, in the comments, were more testaments to the Canadian-ness of the treat, including this one from Heather:

Definitely a Canadian thing. Grew up in Saskatchewan, where they were always to be found wherever people brought baking, but it’s been harder than I thought to find a recipe, and the only recipes I’ve found have been on Canadian sites (is it a prairies thing?)

I was sold. I went out to the store in search of colored marshmallows and butterscotch chips.

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