Great-Grandma Cathy's Date Loaf Candy Recipe -
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Great-Grandma Cathy's Date Loaf Candy

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"Handed down from my great-grandmother, and one of my father's all-time favorite holiday treats. Store in the refrigerator (rolled in the cloth), and it will keep for weeks. Otherwise, it becomes hard and sugary."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    8 hrs 30 mins


  1. Stir sugar, milk, and butter together in a saucepan; bring to a boil without stirring once the boiling begins. Heat until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a rigid ball or until the mixture reaches 250 degrees F (120 degrees C), about 20 minutes. Immediately remove saucepan from heat and stir dates, pecans, and vanilla into the milk mixture.
  2. Thoroughly wet a piece of cheesecloth and lay out onto a flat work surface. Pour the candy mixture into the middle of the cloth and roll the cloth around it to shape into a log.
  3. Refrigerate until hard, 8 hours to overnight. Remove log from cloth and slice.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use a heavy cotton cloth if you do not have cheesecloth, but do not use terrycloth.

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Dec 27, 2014

I gave it three stars because I'm not an experienced candy maker so I may have messed it up myself, but especially for someone inexperienced I feel the directions could be clarified some. I was not sure what heat setting to use, and then the wording made it sound like you don't stir the mixture while it boils for possibly as long as 20 minutes... I "cheated" and stirred it just a few times because I was really skeptical about not stirring a boiling candy mixture at all (but tried to follow the directions since I figured maybe the recipe was written that way for a reason). The result was burned sugar coating the bottom of my pan that was as hard as a rock and was EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to remove. It took at least a half hour of constant scrubbing and scraping. Probably longer. The candy is edible but has a burned sugar taste. It's not terrible I guess, but also does not taste like my grandma's date roll candy. Afterward I looked around more and have seen other recipes that say to stir constantly. I'm not sure if I misunderstood these directions, but please clarify them or reconsider the whole "without stirring once the boiling begins" part. I will use a different recipe next time and be sure to stir!


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  • Calories
  • 334 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 56.1 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 14 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 13 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 43 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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