HERSHEY’S Ginger Sesame Nut Squares

HERSHEY’S Ginger Sesame Nut Squares

These delicious homemade date bars are versatile enough to snack on from breakfast to dessert. Dates add a sweet chew to the crunch of pistachios and almonds, with a hint of ginger and toasted sesame seeds. And the whole thing comes together without any baking or oatmeal. They’re a great sweet and salty snack for any occasion.

13 min
16 bars


1-1/2 cups(about 16 (2-inch)) coarsely broken gingersnap cookies
1 cupcoarsely chopped pecans
3/4 cupcoarsely chopped salted, roasted pistachios
6 large Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/4-1/2 cupcrystallized ginger, chopped
7 (1.45 oz. each) HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate with Almonds Bars*
1/2 cup(1 stick) butter
3 tablespoonshoney
1 tablespoontoasted sesame seeds
Additional finely chopped pistachio and toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  • 1. Butter 8-inch square pan. Line bottom of pan and sides with parchment paper; set aside. Stir together cookies, pecans, pistachios, dates and ginger in large bowl; set aside.
  • 2. Remove wrappers from chocolate bars; coarsely chop into pieces. Place chocolate bar pieces, butter and honey in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at HIGH an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Pour over fruit and nut mixture, stirring to coat well. Add sesame seeds.
  • 3. Press mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon each of sesame seeds and chopped pistachios over top surface. Cover; refrigerate about 2 hours or until set. Remove from pan; cut into squares. Store bars in refrigerator until just before serving. Makes 16 bars.* 32 (10.56-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Nuggets Dark Chocolate with Almonds may also be used.
Ingredients sitting on a table

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