Rating: 4.38 stars
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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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prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

335 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 56.1g; fat 13g; cholesterol 14.2mg; sodium 43.1mg. Full Nutrition
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