Date Roll Candy Recipe

Date Roll CandyThe Vintage Date Roll Candy You Loved
(Source: ©Don Bell)

Here's a vintage date roll candy recipe that you simply must try. Some call it date loaf candy, but it's also known as date nut candy. It's amazingly yummy no matter what you call it. Just read the rave comments below! Made from dates and all-natural ingredients, it's simply formed into a roll and sliced for serving.

Date Roll Candy Recipe

Submitted by a Reader

Here is an old family recipe for a delicious candy made from dates and nuts. It was always called Date Loaf Candy at our house.

2 cups Sugar
1 cup milk

Cook to soft ball stage. Add 1 cup chopped dates. Stir constantly until dates cook to pieces. Remove from heat.


1 tablespoon butter
1 cup nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat until creamy. Pour on a damp cloth; shape into roll. Cool and cut in slices.


WOW... This is it. I had lost my mother's recipe, and then I found this. They are delicious! —Anon

Thank You

My mother always made this date roll at Christmas. I didn't have the recipe. Thank you — this is the one. —Anon

Date Loaf Candy IS Awesome

My mother used to make this date loaf candy too, back in the 1950s when I was a kid at home at Christmas time. I have craved this recipe for years and couldn't find it in her books. Thank you so much. I won't wait till Christmas to make this one! —Frankie C.


Thank you SO much for sharing what is one of my favorite memories of my Mom who has been gone since 1963. This is the most delicious candy in the world! —A.

My Grandmother's Date Candy Recipe

My Grandma kept this recipe for date nut candy roll and never gave it out. Thank you so very much for finding this, as it is exactly what she used to do. I have passed this candy recipe on to my sister, and I hope she makes it; doubtful but hope so.

I will be making this at Christmas time also. I don't recommend making it in the summer as the temperature outside has a lot to do with the candy making and how it will set up or not set up. There's a no-cook divinity that has this problem too.

Thank You so much for putting this out there for us, it will be a treat for the entire family. I can't believe that my grandma took all the recipes with her to her grave! Thank Heaven for the Internet and the things that we can find here! —Anon.

Add Coconut

This sounds like an old date roll candy recipe that my sister made, but she added about one cup of coconut after it was removed from the heat. She also wrapped the candy loaf in waxed paper and then wrapped it in a damp dish towel before placing in refrigerator. —Sherry

Date Nut Loaf

My aunt always made this candy at Christmas time. She passed the recipe on to me when I grew up. Now she has passed away, and I'm going to make the candy in her memory this Christmas. Thank you! —Mona Russell

Date Roll Candy Recipe

Submitted by Marlene Hillbom

I found this recipe for a date nut candy roll in an old 1957 Workbasket Magazine:

3 cup sugar
1 cup sweet milk
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoon butter
1 small package dates, cut up
1/2 cup chopped pecans
20 maraschino cherries (if desired); I use 10 red 10 green

Boil sugar, milk, and cream of tartar until it forms a soft ball in water, stirring occasionally. Add butter, dates and cherries and beat until the dates are well mixed then add nuts. Continue beating until too thick to stir. Turn out on damp cloth in long roll. Roll up and let stand until hard. Slice about 1/4 inch thick.

Very gooooood!!!

YES for Date Nut Candy

My grandmother made this same date roll candy recipe. Thanks so much. She would make it at Christmas, and I never knew how she did it,  and I failed to ask before she passed. She was from Oklahoma and so was I, and then we moved to Texas. Don't know why I never asked her for her recipe. Guess I thought she would live forever. I have thought of it forever. Thanks! —Linda

Date Roll Candy Recipe

Submitted by a Reader


1 cup milk
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1-1/2 cups chopped, pitted dates
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Making the Date Nut Roll:

Cook milk, sugar and butter over medium heat until it forms a soft ball when dropped into a cup of cold water, about 234 degrees F. Add dates, nuts and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until creamy. Put a clean cup towel on the counter or butter a sheet of wax paper.

When the candy is cool enough to handle, roll the mixture into the towel or wax paper in a log shape. Refrigerate overnight and slice when chilled. Makes 20 servings.

Date Nut Candy Roll

My mother also made this candy, but put jellied pineapple, cherries, etc. in it. I had been going through her recipes for years and couldn't locate her version. Thanks! —Anon.

To Die for Candy!

This year for Christmas dinner, we are having pot luck. We are supposed to bring our favorite Christmas "memory" dish. My parents are gone now, and they used to make this date roll candy recipe every year. I have looked for the recipe, and have found several, but, they were not the right one. This is it. Thanks. —Anon.

The Best Christmas Candy Ever!

I also had this more than 60 years ago at Christmas and had lost my mother's recipe. Thanks for making my Christmas truly memorable. —Tammy L.

Date Roll Memories of the 50s

I too, lost the recipe I had made many times, and I was thrilled to have found this one. My children have missed the candy for the past few years. They are all grown and married. May all have a Wonderful Holiday Season! —Emma

Mom's Favorite Date Roll Candy Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Fruit Date CandyColorful Fruity Date Candy
(Source: Mary Lee Taylor Recipes)

Fruity Date Candy

Evaporated Milk

One cup half and half or 1 cup light whipping cream can be substituted, but for the closest flavor to evaporated milk, gently simmer 2-1/4 cups whole milk in a saucepan until reduced to 1 cup.

1. Wash and dry on towel 1/2 cup uncooked, pitted dates and 1/4 cup uncooked, dried apricots.

2. Put dates and apricots through medium knife of food chopper with 2/3 cup seedless raisins and 1/4 cup shelled nuts of choice.

3. Put ground fruit mixture into bowl and add 1/4 cup PET Evaporated Milk, 1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.

4. Mix thoroughly until all milk is absorbed. Chill in refrigerator.

5. Shape into round or oblong patties. Decorate with shelled nuts or halves of candied cherries, or roll in chocolate decorettes (chips) or finely chopped nuts or shredded coconut. Patties may also be studded with puffed rice, or strips of blanched almonds.

Makes about 3 dozen fruity date candies. —Mary Lee Taylor

Note: Dried, pitted prunes can be substituted for the dates and dried or pressed figs for the apricots.

Easy Date Roll Candy Recipe

This is an easy to make and delicious candy that's a little different from any other.

3 cups white sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup chopped nuts

Butter a 12x15-inch sheet of aluminum foil and dust generously with confectioner's sugar, then set aside for later.

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, mix together the sugar and evaporated milk. Stir frequently and bring to softball stage of 235°F. Stir in dates and nuts; allow mixture to cool.

Form the candy into a roll about 1-1/2 inches in diameter and wrap in the prepared aluminum foil; refrigerate until firm. Slice thinly with a knife dipped in hot water to serve.

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