Mrs. W. M. Gibson’s Date-Loaf Candy


Courtesy of Lisa Fain

Super easy

Mrs. W. M. Gibson’s Date-Loaf Candy


For 1 Person(s)


  • 1 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cups dates, chopped
  • 1 cups roasted pecans, chopped
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 pinches sea salt

Mrs. W. M. Gibson’s Date-Loaf Candy Directions

  1. In a large pot, add the milk, sugar and dates, and insert the candy thermometer. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. The mixture will darken in color as it cooks.
  2. After about 30 minutes, the mixture will reach the soft-ball stage (a temperature of 235°). Remove from heat and stir in the pecans, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Let cool for 10 minutes, then spoon out onto the length of a clean, cold and damp tea towel (do not use terry cloth).
  3. When cool enough, roll into a 2-inch-wide loaf, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.  After candy has chilled, slice loaf into pieces.