Date caramels taste shockingly similar to sugar/butter caramels, and they don’t stick to your teeth! With just five ingredients, they’re also much easier to make (no candy thermometer needed).
Simply blend everything up in a food processor, chill, and then dip in dark chocolate. The chocolate is optional but it’s nice to have that crackly exterior in contrast to the smooth caramel inside. These keep well in the freezer and taste great frozen.
- Dates: preferably quite soft and fresh, but soaking is possible (see below).
- Nut Butter: any type you like. Pictured is homemade peanut butter.
- Coconut Oil: use refined to avoid any slight coconut flavour.
- Vanilla: to use vanilla powder, add half the amount listed.
- Chocolate: for dipping. Dark chocolate is ideal as date caramel is quite sweet.
Step by Step
Notes and Substitutions
The type of dates doesn’t matter. Pictured are medjool, but something smaller like deglet noor works just as well. If the dates are harder or dried, soak in very hot water for 30-60 minutes and drain before mixing.
Raw chocolate is a nice coating here if you don’t mind keeping the caramels in the freezer (they’re best from the freezer in any case). Top with any edible flowers or something like flaked salt if you’re a fan.
I haven’t tried making these without a food processor. I imagine you could do it with a fork and a lot of persistence, but I don’t think a large blender will work.
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- 300 grams soft dates ~15 medjool dates
- 2 tablespoons nut butter
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt to taste
- 50 grams dark chocolate, for coating
- Place the dates (remove stones), nut butter, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment.300 grams soft dates, 2 tablespoons nut butter, 2 teaspoons coconut oil, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Mix on high until the mixture breaks down and forms a homogenous ball.
- Line a bread tin or similar with parchment paper. Press the caramel mixture into the container in an even layer, dampening hands if needed. It should ideally be 2-3 cm thick (about 1 inch).
- Freeze for 30 minutes. Remove from the tin and peel the paper off. Cut into small squares, about 2×2 cm (3/4 inch). Place back into the freezer until ready to coat in chocolate.
- Melt chocolate over a double boiler and use a fork to dip the caramel squares to coat, tapping any extra chocolate off before setting onto parchment or a rack to set. Top with edible flowers or similar if desired.50 grams dark chocolate, for coating
- Once set, store the caramels in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a month. They're best straight from frozen.
This post was originally published in March 2016. It has been updated with some slight improvements to the recipe as of February 2022.