Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 23, 2017

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Wendy's wunderbars.

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Wendy's wunderbars

My brother Jeff is in a line of work where he can’t exactly run out to the nearest coffee shop when he needs quick energy. Fortunately, he has a secret weapon when he needs a quick recharge: Wendy’s Wunderbars. Despite its out-of-the-world flavour, this bar isn’t a nutritional nightmare. Dark chocolate, pistachios, almonds, and dates are all healthful in moderation. When you want energy without missing a beat, this bar is the way to go.


2 oz. (60 g) dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao content), finely chopped
1 oz. (30 g) unsweetened baking chocolate, finely chopped
⅓ c. (80 ml) shelled pistachios
⅓ c. (80 ml) almonds, toasted
8 oz. (250 g) Medjool dates, halved and pitted
½ tsp. (2.5 ml) vanilla extract
⅛ tsp. (1 ml) sea salt
⅓ c. (80 ml) dried cherries


Very lightly oil an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking pan. Cut two pieces of waxed paper to the same width as the pan and long enough to go up the sides and overlap across the top of the pan. Place one piece in the pan, then place the second piece on top in the other direction. Put all of the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring often, just until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Remove from heat. Put the pistachios and almonds in food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times to coarsely chop. Add the dates, melted chocolate, vanilla, and salt. Pulse until the ingredients begin to hold together, almost like dough. Add the cherries and pulse a few more times, until the cherries are coarsely chopped and evenly distributed. Transfer to the prepared pan and press in an even layer using your hands. Smooth the top with a spatula. Cover with a piece of parchment or waxed paper and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

Remove from the pan by lifting the edges of the waxed paper, and place on a cutting board, still atop the waxed paper. Using an oiled knife to prevent sticking, cut into 16 squares. Put the bars in a container, with waxed paper between the layers if stacked, or wrap the bars individually in foil. Store in the refrigerator or freezer. Warm to room temperature before eating. Makes 16 bars.

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