Congo Bars/Squares

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   This is from Amtrak's ARRIVE magazine, January/February 2003, pg. 11:

   She (Judy Rosenberg of Rosie's Bakery, started about 1974 in Cambridge,
Mass.--ed.) dubbed her creations Harvard Squares, Boom Booms and Congo Bars. states that "Congo Bars" are "a sweet and chewy
butterscotch square chock full of chocolate chips and walnuts."  The term is
not in John Mariani's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN FOOD & DRINK.  There are 198
Google hits for "Congo Bars," although some are for a "bar"=tavern by that
name.  There are many hits for "Congo Squares" (another name for "Congo
Bars"), but the place name in New Orleans occupies most of those hits.
   Neither "Congo Bar" nor "Congo Square" appears to be trademarked.  Was it
used by Nestle's and when?  (See the Google Groups discussion below.)  "Congo
Bar" does not appear to have been coined by Rosie's Bakery.

   1-7-1987, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, pg. B-06:
   Now, I'd like a recipe for Congo Bars, using one or two eggs.

   2-11-1987, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, pg. B-04:
   Here is my mother's recipe for Congo Squares as requested.

   2-18-1987, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, pg. B-02:
   Last week, the recipe for Congo Bars contained a typographical error in
the instructions.  THERE IS NO MILK in the recipe.  Here it is again in its

   7-3-1996, PROVIDENCE JOURNAL, pg. G-05:
   Some time ago, someone asked about Congo Bars, sometimes called blonde
brownies.  Here's a recipe.

   From Google Groups:

Message 1 in thread
From: <A HREF="">Ngoeb</A> (<A HREF="">ngoeb at</A>)
Subject: Looking for Congo Bar recipe
Newsgroups: <A HREF=""></A>
Date: 1999/10/13

Does anyone have a recipe for Congo Bars?  It's an old Nestle Chocolate
Chipbar cookie recipe.Thank you.Nan

Message 2 in thread
From: <A HREF="">Gaylen D. Cook</A> (<A HREF="">cook0314 at</A>)
Subject: Re: Looking for Congo Bar recipe
Newsgroups: <A HREF=""></A>
Date: 1999/10/13

> Does anyone have a recipe for Congo Bars?  It's an old Nestle Chocolate
Chip> bar cookie recipe.> > Thank you.> NanI found it here  ---><A HREF=""></A>Congo BarsRecipe by:
"Gooseberry Patch" Old-Fashioned Country CookiesSubmitted by: Valerie
Hutchinson 2/3 cup butter or margarine -- melted1 pound brown sugar3 eggs1
teaspoon vanilla2 3/4 cups flour -- sifted2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2
teaspoon salt1 cup chopped nuts -- optional12 ounces semisweet chocolate
chips In a large bowl or pan (after melting), combine butter and brown
sugar.Add eggs one at a time, beating well aftereach. Add vanilla. Sift
together dry ingredients and add to sugarmixture. Add nuts and chocolate
chips. Pour intogreased, shallow roasting pan. Bake at 350F for 22-25 minutes
(don'toverbake).Gaylen Cookcook0314 at

(O.T. MESSAGE TO TRAVEL AGENT:  Got any Congo tours?)

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