I recently returned from a fabulous four-day stay in the desert. Cool breeze, sun shinning and gorgeous palm trees all around, there really is nothing like the beauty of Palm Springs. Before my visit a friend told me to be sure to stop for the famed desert date shake. As a native Angeleno I was a little embarrassed that I was completely unaware of the well-known Southern California desert dates and the incredible shakes that are made with them. So on our drive into Palm Springs last weekend we made the stop at Hadley’s Fruit Orchard – open since 1931- and ordered a date shake.
(sexy shake shot after the jump)
It wasn’t what I expected. I expected to get something cloyingly sweet with thick chunks of date pieces. But Hadley’s date shake is delicious. It is smooth with hints of tiny chewy date bits. The really date like taste is subtle and soft with a bright honey profile. The sweetness from the dates envelops your mouth in a pleasing not cloying manner. The shake is rich yet balanced. I totally understand why these date shakes are so beloved. They will now become a regular dessert stop on my desert stops.
Hadley’s Fruit Orchard
48980 Seminole Drive
Cabazon, CA 92230
* right off the 10 freeway look for the big sign*
Miss KApril 19, 2012
Rachel @ boots in the ovenApril 19, 2012
oooh! I had my first date shake in Dubai late last year – it was with yogurt, like a date lassi. Delicious. Was this one with yogurt or milk, or just dates?
NastassiaApril 19, 2012
miss k – so good!
rachel- dates and yogurt sound delish! this one was with ice cream.
banana wonderApril 20, 2012
Mmm sounds delicious. I am glad it wasn’t too sweet. I have always been curious about de date shake.
Adrianna from A Cozy KitchenApril 23, 2012
I had a smoothie with dates, banana and kale it in. Surprisingly delicious. I bet a milkshake would be more awesome.
GastronomerApril 23, 2012
When I finally make my way to The Desert, I will be sure to stop here for dessert.
DianaApril 24, 2012
I’m actually going to be down in Palm Springs in a few weeks! I made sure to send this post to the friends I’m going to be down there with… I definitely see date shakes in our future! 😀