Bar-One sauce – a South African classic


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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  1. says

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

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

  4. Sandy says

    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.