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
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Ready in: 3 Hrs

Recipe editor Patricia Mitchell