Chocolate covered dates are like nature's truffles: luscious, chewy, sweet bite-size desserts. And they couldn't be easier to make.
Dates are the fruit of date palm trees. Date palms grow in desert climates.
This is fruit has been cultivated in the Middle East for thousands of years.
Dates look like raisins on steroids to me.
I used Medjool dates to dip in chocolate.
But there are lots of date varieties, include a smaller Deglet Noor.
When you’re having an impromptu dinner party or when you’re craving a sweet and don’t want to the fat and the sugar from a Snicker’s Bar, this natural candy is the answer.
However, white chocolate coconut truffles would be a delicious alternative or addition to dates on your dessert trays.
So would pineapple coconut balls if you're looking for another healthy but delish no-bake treat.
The perfect drink to pair with this snack is iced coffee, especially if the drink includes sweet cream cold foam.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Decadent: dates are a luscious fruit and dipping them in a good chocolate is superb.
- Long-lasting: dates last for months in your freezer so you can always have a dessert to pull out for company or a sweet fix in an ice storm. Or a quick breakfast.
- Customizable: Stuff dates with your favorite nut butter or candied citrus slices before dipping them in chocolate.
How to Make Candy Dates
- Pit the dates
- Melt the chocolate in a microwave or on a stove top
- Dip each date in the chocolate using a fork or a chocolate prong.
- Transfer to a wax paper or parchment paper lined cookie sheet or counter until set.
- Store dates for several months in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to a year in the freezer.
Date Candy Questions
Yes. You can freeze dates in a freezer safe container for up to a year. In fact, I prefer to store my candy dates in the freezer. It's like eating a frozen candy bar.
Calories will vary a bit according to the size of the date you've dipped in chocolate. For example, my recipe averages 186 calories per date. That's because I used Medjool dates, which are on the larger side. A plain Medjool date is 133 calories.
But if you're dipping a smaller date in chocolate, like a Deglet Noor, it will be much lower in calories. A Deglet Noor date, which is considerably smaller than a Medjool, has approximately 20 calories.
- 12 dates, pitted, I used Medjool
- 8 ounces of chocolate (use a chunk of chocolate or disks, use a good one like Valhrona. I used Karl Bissinger's 60 percent dark)
- 1 Tablespoon of sea salt crystals
- Optional: Nutella or Peanut Butter or Almond Butter for stuffing the inside of dates plus finely chopped nuts for garnish.
- Using the tip of a sharp knife, gingerly pierce a date and cut a slit lengthwise.
- Carefully loosen the pit with the tip of a knife and pull it out. Set pit aside.
- Repeat until you have pitted all the dates
- Melt chocolate in a microwave or double boiler.
- Dip dates one by one in a bowl of melted chocolate using a fork or a chocolate dipping fork.
- Transfer chocolate dipped date to a wax paper or parchment paper lined tray or counter.
- Sprinkle each date with a few salt crystals before the chocolate sets.
- Let chocolate set on countertrop until firm.
- If it's warm in your house, you may need to put the dates in the fridge.
Store these dates in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four months or in your freezer for up to a year.
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Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 182Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 4mgSodium 576mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 3g