Friday, December 4, 2009

A Mellow, Out-of-the-Ordinary Christmas Candy

Date Nut Roll

This is a way easy candy to make. It's one my mother made when I was a child, and I took over the process when I was in the 5th grade.

Here's what you'll need:

3 cups sugar

1 cup canned milk

1 cube butter

1 to 1 1/2 cups dates, pitted and chopped

1 to 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped

Put the sugar, milk and butter in a saucepan and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Lower heat to medium and add dates.

Cook, stirring often, until candy reaches soft ball stage.

Remove from heat and add nuts, beating until it starts to set up.

Form in a log on a sheet of waxed paper. Roll up and store in a cool place until it's cool and set.

When ready to serve, unwrap and slice.

This recipe is foolproof. When I was making it for this blog post, I inadvertently added a can of evaporated milk rather than a cup. I simply increased the dates to 2 cups and cooked it longer. It turned out wonderfully. A little more chewy than the original recipe, but great.

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Jen in AZ said...

Looks delicious!

Kari Pike said...

yum....I so wish I wasn't allergic to pecans. this looks soooo good!

Monique said...

I just bought a Costco size bag of pecans. Now I have something to do with them besides topping my salads. Thanks

Heidiwriter said...

Looks yummy! And easy too. I might just try it.

Anonymous said...

YUMM! Thanks for sharing!