Date nut roll was the candy confection my Aunt Sis’s open house at the holidays was known for.
Making Christmas candy was an integral part of the festivities, and date nut roll still says Christmas to me.
Aunt Sis’s 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.