Not until I watched Season 4 of No Reservations (with Anthony Bourdain) did I have any idea that Palm Dessert was the home of the famous Shields Date Garden and there amazing Date Shake. Oh and an interesting movie about the "Romance and Sex Life of a Date"...that is something you will have to see for yourself.
On a recent trip out to Palm Dessert I had to stop and try one, and I am so happy I did.
Quick note: Shields has recently opened a Cafe in the court yard of the gift shop, it is ok. For the true date shake experience you need to belly up to the old fashioned soda fountain.
For some the thought of a milk shake made with dates may not sound all that good. But I am here to tell you it is delish! I fell in love from the very first sip. So much so I had to buy some of the magic date crystals used to make this shake so I could make shakes at home.
Date Crystals are dates that have been air dried and the natural sugars have crystalized. They are hard as rocks!
The recipe for this tasty treat is pretty simple.
Shields Date Shake
Makes a 16 oz
To make Date Paste:
1/4 cup of Shields Date Crystals
1/3 cup Milk
To make Date Shake:
1/4 cup Date Paste from above
1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 cup of very cold Milk
Blend with a drink blender and enjoy.