PHOTOS: Jabari Bakes Jabari Bars
Can you tell us the history of the Jabari Bar?
The name came from a kid out in Walnut Creek. Most of the early reviews were good. I started back in 7th grade for Thanksgiving at my Uncle Joe’s house. I thought it would be nice if I pitched in and helped my mom. That’s where it started. My mom gave me the recipe and ingredients. When I was asked to make a dessert one day, I took it from there.
Can you tell us the ingredients?
It’s a secret. I don’t like giving out my ingredients. When I have to make the dessert, I like to make this out of the blue. It’s the only thing I really know how to make so it has to last a lifetime. I haven’t done it outside of Chicago until this time. This will be a first and I think it will get good reviews.
Can you tell us your single favorite ingredient though?
My favorite ingredient that I sometimes slip up on and taste is the condensed milk. It’s really sweet.
Will you share any Jabari Bars with your teammates?
I may give them to some of the guys. Amile and Marshall — guys who seek to put on weight — the skinnier guys. I don’t need any. I am trying to keep my weight down.
Can you talk about why you baked the bars?
We are thankful for the Crazies. I thought it would be pretty sweet to give them some food. They are there the entire time waiting in line. When I give it to them, it’s a thank you.
It seems like you have an old-school cooking style?
I am an old school guy, came from an old-school background. Growing up I was taught to use the things that are given to you. Your hands. Your eyes. Not measuring cups. I think that if you use your care and heart, the food tastes better and it is more significant.
Any chance you may pursue a cooking career on the side?
I have been blessed with basketball my whole life. Cooking may be an aspiration, but not something I will succeed at. I think I should stick with basketball like everyone would tell me back in grade school when I would try out for different things.
These Jabari Bars are a great example of the effort you’ve made to connect with the community here. What’s your inspiration for that?
Sometimes people take basketball too seriously. I am passionate about it. It’s my love. But what matters most is the type of person I am. You want to take time out of your day for others. I don’t get on social media and talk about what I’ve done. I just want people to know me for who Jabari is and not just as a basketball player.