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Old-Fashioned Date Loaf

This old-fashioned candy easily rivals fudge. Everyone knows what fudge is, but comparatively few know date loaf. Make it once, and it will become a tradition in your family.
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Combine the sugar, milk and butter in a heavy saucepan. Stirring occasionally, cook over medium heat to soft ball stage (238°F on candy thermometer).

Stir the dates and pecans into the syrup and continue cooking until dates are dissolved and mixture reaches firm ball stage (248°F on candy thermometer). Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pour mixture out onto clean, damp dishtowels or tea towels and shape into 2-inch diameter rolls. Chill until firm. Slice in half-inch slices.


Prep time: 10 minutes; Cooking time: 30-35 minutes; Total time: 40 minutes
Kitchen tools you'll need: Candy Thermometers, Dish Towels, Mixing Bowls, Saucepan
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