Date Rolls with Prosciutto and Cantaloupe

Date Rolls with Prosciutto and Cantaloupe

I would like to thank Natural Delights for sponsoring this post.

It’s not an exaggeration to say I love medjool dates, so it thrilled me when Natural Delights asked me to try some products from their new line of Date Rolls and offered to pay me to write a post about them. I received three different flavours to sample. Coconut Date Rolls, Almond Date Rolls and Pecan Pumpkin Pie Spiced Date Rolls.

Before 2011, I had no idea what a medjool date was. I had never heard of them. It wasn’t until after I went gluten free and started my healing journey, that I started to come across recipes with natural, healthier, alternative sweeteners. A few of those recipes called for medjool dates and that’s how I found out how great Natural Delights Medjool Dates are as a sugar substitute.

Natural Delights Medjool Dates

I remember the first thing I ever made with medjool dates. It was a batch of Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. I tell you, once you’ve tried the big plump medjool dates with their soft bite and sweet caramel taste, there’s no going back to the old dried dates. You know the ones that come packaged in a brick-like shape and are really difficult to chop? Those are not medjool dates.

Nowadays, I almost always have a tub of medjool dates sitting in my fridge. They are a great natural sweetener and are easy to bake with. Often, I use them to make date paste. Medjool dates are also great to munch on right out of the container and make a great on-the-go snack.

Natural Delights Date Rolls

Now, about the date rolls. To be honest, I wasn’t entirely smitten with the limited edition Pecan Pumpkin Pie Spice date rolls. I discovered later that I like them chilled and that’s why I wasn’t over the moon excited at first bite. You see, I tore into that package while the date rolls were still warm(ish) off the delivery truck. I think I was into them before the delivery driver left my doorstep.

Natural Delights Date Rolls

I do prefer the more subtle nutty caramel like flavours of the Coconut Date Rolls and the Almond Date Rolls. Made of chopped, compressed dates rolled in coconut, or almonds, these date rolls are great to snack on and they go wonderfully well with a nice warm cup of tea.

Natural Delights Date Rolls

As I do with all packaged foods, I checked out the ingredients list on the labels and was happy to see Natural Delights date rolls contain all natural ingredients. No preservatives, chemicals or dyes. Just the dates and nuts, or coconut. The Pecan Pumpkin Pie Spiced date rolls also contain a few spices. You gotta love that!

Natural Delights Date Rolls

Curious about what the rest of the Fox Family might think, I showed up at our Canadian Thanksgiving with a tub of the Pecan Pumpkin Pie Spiced date rolls. Well, they were a hit. Everyone raved about the date rolls and wanted to know where to find them. I told them that because medjool dates are a fresh fruit, they are sold in the produce department in supermarkets.

Natural Delights Date Rolls

Their positive reaction got me thinking about how these date rolls would make a great party food.  I planned to add the date rolls to a fruit tray for our next event but then I come up with this idea for little appetizer sized skewers (as pictured here).

Natural Delights Date Rolls

With a delectable sweet and salty contrast, each appetizer sized skewer has a half of a Natural Delights date roll and a small piece of cantaloupe with a thin strip of prosciutto ham wrapped around it. For an added depth of flavour, you could add some fresh basil, or maybe mint. I wanted to try that but the herbs at the market this week were not so fresh … a bit wimpy really. I passed them by.

I tossed the extra date rolls in a separate bowl for those who would prefer them straight up without the melon and ham {{ hello Vegetarian DIL }}.

Overall, I was really pleased with the Natural Delights Date Rolls, and especially liked how well they paired with cantaloupe and prosciutto for my appys. Of course, dates always pair well with other fruit, so it didn’t really surprise me.

{{ cue thought bubble here }}  “Kiwi … that’s what I’m going to try next time”. Sweet date rolls paired with the slightly sour taste of kiwi, salty prosciutto and fresh cooling mint … I’ll bet on that being a pretty darn good combination.

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    • Laureen Fox says:

      They do make a great snack. Both my husband and I like to have a couple of date rolls with our after dinner tea and coffee. They’re easier on the waistline than cake and ice cream, plus they carry more nutritional value.

    • Laureen Fox says:

      Thanks Julia. I’m glad you like it. I’m not sure how much longer the limited edition pumpkin pie spice date rolls will be around but I’ve heard talk about chocolate date rolls. That’s what I’m on the lookout for these days.

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