When I was a boy and I was over at my grandmother's house on Main Street in Headland, AL, I would often look in the fridge. On occasion, when I got lucky, I would find a date roll my grandmother had made. It was sweet and good!
Here's a recipe for that very date roll that my grandmother would make. Years ago my aunt emailed it to me.
Subject: found that recipe printed on a napkin; ha!
Mother's Date Nut Roll
3 cups sugar 1 cup milk
1 box chopped dates 6 chopped cherries
1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 stick oleo
Bring milk, sugar, dates & cherries to a boil, stirring as needed to dissolve sugar. When it comes to a boil, turn the heat down and cook until it forms a soft ball. (To determine this, drop small drop of thickened candy into a cup of water; roll between fingers and it forms a ball). Add oleo and set aside to cool, about 5 minutes.
Add the chopped pecans and beat by hand until stiff and it loses its shine. Pour onto a wet tea cloth and roll cloth around it forming a log. After roll hardens (sets up firm) unroll, dust with confectioners' sugar, slice and serve.