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Great-Grandma Cathy's Date Loaf Candy

Rated as 4.17 out of 5 Stars

"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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8 h 30 m servings 334
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  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.


  • Cook's Note:
  • You can use a heavy cotton cloth if you do not have cheesecloth, but do not use terrycloth.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 334 calories; 13 56.1 2.3 14 43 Full nutrition

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My grandma Odom use to make this candy . and my mom and aunt also made it every year. They would put it out side in a damp clothes in the cold snow to harden. Now I make it for my kid's and ...

Very good! Reminds me of pralines. I used parchment paper instead of the cheesecloth & it worked fine. My roll did crumble too much. Next time I will put in a square pan & cut like fudge.

My grandmother uses to make this candy for us and it was very decadent. I was happy to find this recipe. Mine turned out a bit harder than hers, but tased the same. I need to use a candy thermom...

I could not get the wet cotton dish towel off the candy roll after cooling.

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 ...