Childhood Christmas Candy Memories: Date Nut Roll

Trips to my Aunt Sis’s house at the holidays remain some of my very best childhood memories. Making Christmas candy was an integral part of the festivities, and there is one that still says Christmas to me better than any other.

vintage Christmas candy

 As far back as I can remember,  Aunt Sis’s Date Nut Roll was on the sideboard.

Date Nut Roll


3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup evaporated milk

1 cup chopped dates

1 cup chopped nuts



Combine sugar and milk in a large sauce pan.  Using a wooden spoon, cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly.

When sugar is dissolved, add dates in thirds.

Continue to cook, stirring constantly until mixture forms a soft ball in cool water. Remove from heat.  Add nuts,whipping mixture by hand with spoon until it begins to thicken.

Place an unfolded clean, cold, damp cloth onto a baking sheet. Spread mixture into cloth. ***Use caution- candy mixture is very hot!***   Roll up and wrap ends of cloth over. Allow roll to sweat for approximately 3 hours or until firm.

Remove from cloth; slice as desired.  Wrap in waxed paper and store in refrigerator to keep moist.






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