Like Faith, dates have become a staple sweet for me, particularly Barhi dates, which have a caramel-like flavor and smooth texture. I like the contrast of the dates' sugariness with the toasty crunch of nuts, usually almonds or pistachios. In-season fruit from the farmers market adds freshness and a little tartness to the plate, and a few chocolate-covered cranberries or cherries cover any chocolate cravings.
I alternate bites, savoring in particular the taste of a nut after eating a date, or the chocolate after a piece of fruit. For me, having a variety of tastes on one plate and eating them thoughtfully makes this collection of small nibbles quite satisfying.
Do you ever eat an assortment of sweets like this? What do you like to include?
(Image: Anjali Prasertong)