Foreign Grocery Friday: Date Shakes a la Palm Springs
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
Did you know that 90% of America's dates are produced in the Coachella Valley? We didn't...until we visit Palm Springs, CA and indulged in one of the city's specialties: a Date Shake. It sounds weird at first, right? All great unique foods usually do (sound weird), but a date shake is both quenching in the 90+ heat of a late spring day in the desert and tasty enough to nearly fill you up. We highly recommend them, especially if you're as big a fan of bacon-wrapped dates as we are.
The Taste: The shakes, made of dates and vanilla ice cream, are mixed old-school style in metal tumblers. They don't come out frothy, but nicely creamy and chock full of the little date bits (which are lovely to bit onto for a teensy flavor burst). Because of the ice cream, the date isn't as intense as we had hoped it'd be; you get more date flavor from eating one of course, but the date shake is a great way for those who've maybe never tried date to get acquainted with its yumminess.
The one size is not too little and not too much; the shake isn't so rich that you'll get tired of drinking it halfway through, either. Basically, we loved it and would like another soon, please.
The Price: $5.00. It's pretty pricey for a shake, but then you forget that this is Palm Springs and where else can you get a date shake? Okay, maybe North Africa if you asked nicely.
Where to Find It: A few places around the Coachella Valley offer date shakes, seeing as how dates are grown in abundance. Apparently we went to the place, a fact confirmed by the little pieces of date evident in our shakes. This was Palm Springs Fudge & Chocolate, a quaint candy shop that occupies one of the fort-looking historical buildings in "downtown" Palm Springs. Stop in for a date shake and some candy that'll take you down memory lane for sure.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for Jaunted]