Date Roll

    25 min

    This is an easy and delicious "sweet" that is a little different!

    18 people made this

    Serves: 11 

    • 600g (1 lb 6 oz) caster sugar
    • 250ml (8 fl oz) evaporated milk
    • 175g (6 oz) dates, pitted and chopped
    • 150g (5 oz) chopped nuts

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Butter a 30x40cm sheet of aluminium foil and dust generously with icing sugar.
    2. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, mix together the sugar and evaporated milk. Stir frequently and bring to softball stage of 110 degrees C. Stir in dates and nuts; allow mixture to cool.
    3. Form into a roll about 4cm in diameter and wrap in the prepared foil; chill in fridge until firm. Slice thinly with a knife dipped in hot water to serve.

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    Missing Ingredients! I believe what this is missing is 1 tablespoon butter with the sugar and milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla with the dates and nuts. I prefer real butter and vanilla but margarine and vanilla flavoring will work. Cooking just short of the soft ball stage and beating in the dates and nuts with a wooden spoon makes it a bit creamier. Toasted pecans are our preferred nuts for this. I also use 1 1/2 cups of dates. My Grandmother made this every year until she couldn't, then my Mother took over. I inherited it when my Mom passed away. I am now teaching my daughter and daughter-in-law the tricks to making this wonderful candy.  -  22 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My father made this recipe every Christmas. We called it "snake" candy because it is formed into a long roll before slicing. It is absolutely delicious and would make a great holiday gift. It is very simple to make, taking less than 30 minutes with a food processor to chop the dates and pecans.I highly recommend it!!  -  13 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is great with TWO cups of sugar. Helps reduce the "white stuff" we all get too much of. I also added 1 tsp of vanilla.  -  09 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)