Bar-One sauce – a South African classic

by Jeanne on November 21, 2008

in Dessert, NaBloPoMo 2008, Recipes - South African, Recipes - vegetarian


So you think you've had a rough week?

Well, spare a thought for some of the occupants of the International Space Station.  First they break the news to you that of the two spiders being sent into space, you are not the Lead Spider – you are merely the understudy.  So you have no real role unless the Lead Spider for some reason becomes incapacitated during the flight.  Then they tell you that you will have to spend the trip in a sealed tank, separated from the only other member of your species, for the entire trip.  And then when the astronauts come to check on you, you are discovered to have gone AWOL – the tank is as empty as a jar of peanut butter in Elvis' kitchen.  "Umm… we're sure he's around here somewhere…" mutter the embarrassed astronauts, hoping that small crunching sound as they bounce weightlessly off the ceiling of the cabin was not your carapace.

Or spare a thought for the Lead Spider.  When the understudy went missing, the astronauts went to look if he'd sneaked into the Lead Spider's tank. But the Lead Spider has become so confused and miserable because of weightlessness that he has taken to covering every millimetre of his tank in erratically spun webs, in an attempt to stop himself from floating around.  And now there is so much webbing in the tank that the astronauts can't tell if either spider is in there.  Hell – Elvis could be in there!

But the person I feel sorriest for is the astronaut who happily puts on their space glove and discovers that this is where the spiders have decided to hole up.

Doesn't your week seem a whole lot less trying now??

Something that I find always helps when you're feeling confused and miserable is dessert – even better if it's something to remind you of home.  Now when I was a little girl, my mom used to make her own chocolate sauce that she kept in a jar in the fridge.  Later we could get plastic squeezy tubes of chocolate sauce, and even later, bottles of Ice Cap chocolate sauce that you'd pour over ice cream and they'd harden to a crispy shell.  But the biggest treat of all was hot Bar-One sauce.  Bar-Ones are South African chocolates simmilar to English Mars bars and American Milky Ways: chocolate bars consisting of a layer of malted nougat topped with a layer of caramel and covered in milk chocolate. 

Somewhere along the line, somebody discovered that melting Bar-Ones together with a little cream makes for a fabulously rich chocolate sauce.  You get the taste of the malted nougat, and the gooey consistency of the caramel, all in a chocolate matrix - it's the best of all possible worlds!  Served hot over vanilla ice cream, I can think of few simpler (or guiltier!) pleasures.   

If I could, I'd send the space spiders a bowl to cheer them up.IceCreamBarOneWeb2

BAR-ONE SAUCE (makes 6-8 servings)


2 x 100g Bar-Ones or Mars Bars
200ml whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla essence


Cut the Bar-Ones into 1cm thick slices and place in a pyrex bowl.  Set the bowl over a pot of boiling water and allow the chocolate to melt.  The nougat and caramel will take longer to melt than the chocolate, so stir vigorously until all the lumps have melted.  Remove from the heat, add the vanilla essence and cream and stir well.  You can add a little milk if the consistency is too thick.  Serve hot over vanilla ice cream.

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

nina November 22, 2008 at 4:09 am

Seems like those people are all “spaced out”! We love Bar One sauce and always serve it with a sprinkling of ground hazelnuts….delicious!


Elra November 22, 2008 at 4:44 am

Ah… my husband would be thrill to hear this S.A treat. Too bad that he is still in Israel at the moment. Hmmm, maybe I can make this as a welcome home surprise thing for him, and like Nina, he would pretty much love having hazelnuts in it!


Kit November 22, 2008 at 9:44 am

Poor old spiders! Still they are welcome to some of ours – I still haven’t learned which ones bite hideously and which ones are harmless here and now there are rumours about unprecedented amounts ‘violin spiders’, whatever they are, that have thrived in our wet winter and are now invading houses and make you swell up like a tennis ball or something! Bar ones are now on the shopping list in case of spider attacks!


jacoba November 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm

my children have been looking for this recipe for years now – you have no idea how welcom this is.


jacoba November 22, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Oh yes, about that spider ……… imagine those become the parents for a species of super spider – massive flying ones with big jaws …. ;)


Gemma November 22, 2008 at 10:40 pm

Mmmmmmm, that sounds really good… Could eat a big bowl right now!


Bellini Valli November 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Oooh…wouldn’t this be a decadent treat!!!!


grace November 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm

mmm. milky ways. if i ever have a bar or two that don’t get devoured whole, i fully intend to make this sauce. :)


ND November 23, 2008 at 5:41 pm

I add brandy. Or better yet, Amarula (but only if you have a steady supply source, otherwise what a waste!)


megan November 23, 2008 at 6:37 pm

oh my goodness, that is the perfect complement to any ice cream! YUM!!!


Jenn's an ice cream maker November 24, 2008 at 12:58 pm

I’ve never had a Bar-One – but I love Mars bars! This sounds delicious!!!!
Thanks for the idea!


_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver November 24, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Not to be a big ol’ spider meanie, but I find that image of the Lead Spider all confused with weirdly-woven webs too funny. ;D


David November 25, 2008 at 8:17 pm

omg! all my favorite flavors, in one sauce : )


Sandy December 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

This looks great!!!!
I’m going to try it and then make my comments, but I’m sure it will be fantastic.
My son-in-law is chocolate crazy.


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