Rancho Meladuco Medjool Date Turtles

Rancho Meladuco Medjool Date Turtles

These sweet treats keep all the deliciousness of the classic turtle candy, but without the decadence, thanks to the healthy foundation of Medjool Dates. For best results, use Rancho Meladuco Medjool Dates


  • 12 Rancho Meladuco Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup whole roasted nuts, such a peanuts, cashews, pecans or almonds
  • 6 ounces Scharffen Berger 62% Cacao Semisweet Dark Chocolate, finely chopped
  • Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling


Using a sharp paring knife, cut a lengthwise slit along the top of each date. Discard the pits. Using your hand or the bottom of a glass, smash the dates into a flat circle. 

Press 5 to 7 nuts into each date and transfer to a parchment paper-lined plate or quarter sheet pan. Freeze for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a microwave safe bowl, microwave half of the chopped chocolate on HIGH for 30 seconds. Repeat until it’s beginning to melt, about 1 minute. Add the remaining ½ of the chocolate and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly.

Spoon the chocolate onto each turtle and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Return to the freezer and chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Enjoy!

MAKE AHEAD The turtles can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer for up to 1 month. Let the chocolate firm up in the freezer before transferring them to a separate container.

Recipe courtesy of Rancho Meladuco Dates; Photos and video by www.heathershomebakery.com

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