Medjool dates are gorgeously soft, sweet and sticky. They pair beautifully with bitter dark chocolate and when you add golden chopped nuts, you get a show-stopping chocolate dates recipe everyone will love.
Chop the walnuts so that the pieces are quite small. Put them in a sieve and shake to remove any fine dust. Transfer to a small plate.
Hold your can of gold spray about 10cm (4 inches) away from the plate and spray the nuts gold, stirring to make sure they're completely covered. I like to stand my plate in the sink to do this so that I don't spray my whole kitchen gold!
Place your chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30-second blasts, stirring between each blast until the chocolate is completely melted.
Take a date and dip it about half way into the chocolate. Allow any excess to drip away.
Gently roll the chocolate-coated end of the date in the gold-sprayed nuts. Make the sure the nuts evenly coat the chocolate.
Rest the date on baking paper to set. Repeat with the remaining dates.
Place the whole tray in the fridge if you'd like your dates to set more quickly.
We're using Medjool dates here, which tend to come with the pit still in the centre. You can leave the pits in place and simply let your guests know they're there, or you can remove them by making a small cut in the side of each date with a knife, lifting the pit out and then pressing the sticky edges together again to seal again.