I’ve often read about these sweet slices called Hello Dollies and wondered what the story behind the peculiar name could be. After an extensive stint on the inter-webs, I’m still not 100% sure why this specific name.
So, one tale I came across, speculates that the recipe for Hello Dolly bars were sent into a magazine by an 11 year old girl. It was also in the time that Hello Dolly was on Broadway, in the 60’s. I find it adds a slight romantic side to the treat, hey.
These bars are also known as seven layer bars or magic bars. I suppose not knowing exactly the reason for the name, makes it kind of special in it’s own way. All I know is that these bars are a true delight. Look, they are sweet, but they hit the spot if you’re truly craving a sweet treat. A combination of crushed nuts, cookies, coconut, chocolate and condensed milk are baked together to form these sticky, lip smacking bars that smell so good as they come out of the oven that it’s quite difficult to patiently wait for them to cool before tucking in!
There’s quite a few recipes available on-line. Many variations, too. Most of the recipes call for graham crackers to be crushed, mixed with melted butter and pressed into the bottom of your pan. I used digestive biscuits and I didn’t crush them too finely. They worked well and I can definitely recommend them as a replacement for graham crackers. On top of the biscuit base, the rest of the ingredients are layered and then condensed milk is drizzled over to bind it all together in a sweet and sticky delight. I added chopped caramel chocolate – the one that’s milk chocolate filled with sweet caramel. It adds quite a bit of sweetness, but seeing as we’re already indulging with these bars, we might as well go all the way!
I baked them in my oval friand tins, just for serving purposes and it worked quite well. They are just a bit bigger than what a slice would have been, but I didn’t hear any complaints from the crowd.