An old joke my dad used to make during snack time was “Canteloupe, gotta date!”
Okay, maybe it’s more like half a joke but it used to crack me up when I was little! #dadjokes
Anyway, dates still make a great snack if you’re looking for something naturally sweet to hit the spot. And you can kick them up a notch by stuffing them and then dipping them!
My go-to has been to remove the pits and stuff each date with 1-2 almonds then dip them in melted chocolate and share them with friends. I recently tried them with 100% cacao chocolate which is EXTRA dark and they were amazing, but you can use a high-quality 70-80% cacao chocolate with excellent results. Sprinkle with a little coarse sea sale and it’s game over.
I melt the chocolate in a double boiler while I stuff the dates, then carefully slide the tine of a fork into the opening of the date to dip each one in chocolate before laying them on a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool in the fridge.
Don’t forget, dates still have naturally occurring sugar in them so enjoy these treats in moderation!
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