Dates and Walnuts.

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This is the most delicious snack I’ve ever had. And I’m not exaggerating. Dates are the happening treat in the Middle East because their palm trees produce all kinds of fresh, delicious versions of the tasty treat.

I’ve become addicted.  I’ll have to smuggle a suitcase full of them in when I get back. I’ll be sure to share.

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Date shops pop up everywhere. In the grocery stores there are entire isles dedicated to them.  For those of you that haven’t tried dates I highly recommend you give them a taste.  Much healthier than candy but just as sweet, and if sweet isn’t your thing not to worry there are date options that are less sweet than others.

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Although you can buy dates in all shapes and sizes:  Chocolate covered, walnut stuffed, vanilla dipped, pecan rolled, date paste drizzled, super sweet, fresh and bitter.  My ultimate fav way of eating them is simple… A plain date, any kind, with a walnut on the side. There is no better treat. And it’s guiltless.  Probably not guiltless in the amounts I eat them, but for the average human… Guiltless.

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As far as purchasing dates in the States I have no idea the process. If they’re easy to find, if they’re rare, if they’re fresh and yummy.. I’m not sure. But I think it’s worth a little investigating. I challenge you to take a look and try. I know when I get back to the States, finding a nice place to buy dates will be something of a priority to me.  Of course, going to Target and eating at Chipotle will be higher on my list of places to go, but eventually finding a good place to go for dates will make the list of things to do.  Hopefully by then, one super special friend of mine will have a recommendation just waiting for me  🙂

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