I had my first date (pun intended) at Bateel USA last week downtown Birmingham. This is the first and only Bateel location in the United States, originally from Dubai. The staff is extremely knowledgable about the product and where each is sourced from - they even have photos of the farms where the dates are grown on the walls!
When you first walk into the store, you're greeted with the most beautiful arrangement of dates, their signature item. These are naturally so sweet you almost forget they're a fruit! The different varieties of plain dates are delicious on their own, but don't miss out on trying one of the filled ones - my personal favorite is the candied orange peel or the pistachio.
As you continue through the glass box of sweets, you'll find tons of chocolate-covered goodies. I'm not a huge chocolate girl, but these looked so decadent I had to try! I went with the white chocolate raspberry with cheesecake and almost melted into my own happiness. I then did a chopped date and sesame paste chocolate and was blown away with the flavor combination.
I'm really excited to spread my newfound love of these sweet treats to my friends and family. The gift boxes are just as beautiful as the goodies inside! Some of them are lined with leather and act as jewelry boxes after the assortment inside have been devoured. I can't wait to surprise my loved ones with what will be their favorite new dessert. Use code "HAUTE" until Nov. 30th for 15% off everything online and in-store at Bateel USA!