Dates & walnuts dipped in chocolate

I want to pack these stuffed dates in their lunch boxes for a snack, but I know they won’t eat them. I’ve tried sending dried fruits and nuts before but they came back. Alex accused me of ruining his life. He claims that eating cockroach-looking dried fruit at recess is beyond embarrassing. I thought bugs were cool.

I hear you son, if my mother had tried to send me one of those Moroccan marzipan-stuffed dates in my lunchbox, instead of choco (a popular Israeli chocolate-milk-in-a-plastic-bag), I would be absolutely mortified. 


Did I really think that covering dates with chocolate would make them less hostile and more kid friendly. The only way to make them more appealing to those store-bought-snack-deprived boys would be to commercially package them in a noisy wrapper. They claim that they are the only ones in school who don’t have a real snack. A “real snack,” ironically, means “in a crinkly bag,” like potato chips, Doritos, or a yucky, overly-sweet granola bar. So I say, “Well…When you are eighteen, you can eat whatever you want,” or, “No wonder most of the kids now are overweight.”

If you add a dash of salt and ground coffee beans to the chocolate you’ll have a serious treat.Keep in mind that the dates are very sweet so it’s better to coat them in very dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa.) You can stuff them with any nut of your choice – pecan, almond, or hazelnut (toasted is tastier).

Stuffed dates dipped in dark chocolate
  1. 10 small Medjool dates or other dates (If the date is the large medjool kind, you can dip only half of it)
  2. Walnuts - 10 halves
  3. 3.5 oz. about 1 cup dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
  4. Sea salt
  1. Line a plate with parchment paper.
  2. Roughly break the chocolate and put it in a double boiler – in a bowl over a saucepan filled with 1 cup of water, over medium low heat. DO NOT stir the chocolate. Sprinkle a tiny bit salt and cook until the chocolate is melted.
  3. Make a lengthwise slit in the dates and remove their pits. Stuff each date with a walnut and tighten it around the nut so the nut stays in.
  4. Transfer the melted chocolate into a medium, deep bowl. Dip each date in the chocolate – you can use chopsticks, tongs or a tooth pick to grab it – and place it on the lined plate.
  5. Put the plate in the fridge until the chocolate is solid – about 20 minutes.
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If you have leftovers of melted chocolate you can make these. All you have to do is to dot a hip teaspoon of chocolate on a baking sheet, top with hazelnuts and refrigerate until the chocolate is solid, about  20 minutes. 


Medjool bugs



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  • Reply הילה September 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    יאם יאם! נראה מקסים
    שתהיה שנה נפלאה

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