We tried the above pecan-filled version of date Snickers to see what all the fuss was about. And honestly, we were pleasantly surprised. The cold, chewy date offers an eerily similar “pull” to caramel and nougat; its sweet, neutral flavor allows the rest of the ingredients that are in real Snickers bars to shine, so the flavor is pretty on point too.
You’ll find the recipe below but know there are no exact measurements; it’s easy enough for anyone to eyeball the ingredients as they go along. (It’s also flexible, in case you want to use a different type of nut or nut butter in the center, or experiment with different types of coatings or add-ins, like caramel sauce or white chocolate.)
- Dried dates (Medjool are most popular)
- Pecan halves
- Peanut butter, chunky or creamy
- Milk chocolate, melted
- Flaky salt (optional)
Step 1: Slice the dates lengthwise and pull out the pits if they aren’t already pitted.
Step 2: Place a pecan half in the center of each date. Spread a bit of peanut butter on top of the pecan and close the date.
Step 3: Stick each date with a fork or toothpick. Dip it in the melted chocolate until evenly coated. Place on a baking sheet, plate or container lined with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Repeat with the rest of the dates.
Step 4: If desired, sprinkle flaky salt atop the wet chocolate. Place the dates in the fridge or freezer until the chocolate solidifies and enjoy.