I Tried This Viral Dates Recipe by Emily Marico and Karlie Kloss

Like everyone else on TikTok, I became a fan of Emily Mariko after trying this viral salmon rice recipe.

Emily Marico rose to fame with her viral salmon rice bowl recipe.

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Emily Mariko, a creator with over 10.6 million followers on TikTok, became famous in October when her salmon rice recipe went viral. Although she now regularly gets more than 1 million views of her food and lifestyle videos, her original recipe for a bowl of salmon rice on TikTok had amassed 6.3 million views as of Friday.

I, like a lot of people on TikTok, saw the recipe at the time and couldn’t help but try it out. Like my colleague Palmer Hash, who wrote about her take on her experience, I thought it tasted very good and was filling.

When I saw Karlie Kloss posting a TikTok with Mariko, featuring an easy looking, chocolate-covered recipe, I thought I’d give it a go.

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Karlie Kloss.

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Being a fan of Mariko’s previous recipes and as someone with a sweet tooth, I couldn’t help but try the recipe for stuffed dates covered in chocolate that Mariko was seen making on TikTok posted by supermodel Karlie Kloss.

The video, which was posted to Kloss’s account on Wednesday, had garnered more than 1.1 million views as of Friday.

The recipe sounded a little familiar because it’s a recreation of the original chocolate-stuffed Marico Dates she shared in February.

The first thing I did was remove the Medjool date seeds, which left my fingers very sticky even though I mostly used the knife.

The first step is to extract the seeds from the dates.

The first step is to extract the seeds from the dates.

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The first thing Kloss and Mariko do in the video is to remove the seeds of Medjool’s dates, which obviously seems very quick and easy on TikTok but actually takes some time.

After I started, I quickly figured out how chaotic things would get. Although I was using a knife, I found myself having to dig through the history with my fingers, and it all ended up somewhat in the end.

To avoid sticky hands and save some time, I recommend buying pitted dates only.

I recommend only buying pitless dates to avoid this step.

I recommend buying pitless dates to avoid this step.

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If you do end up making this recipe again, or if someone asks for advice, I recommend sailing through this step and buying the engraved dates.

My thinking: Why make more mess when you don’t need to?

I cut a handful of almonds. Disclaimer: This was way too much.

The next step is to chop the almonds.

The next step is to chop the almonds.

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As mentioned earlier, Mariko doesn’t actually include measurements in her recipes on TikTok.

In the February 1st video, I used a handful of almonds. But in the video with Kloss, she appears to be using pre-chopped pecans.

I prefer almonds so I chose them and used a similar amount to Marico. For the number of dates I had (nine), this was just too much.

On top of slicing a lot more almonds than I’d need, crumbly bits are everywhere.

Almond crumbs arrived everywhere.

Almond crumbs arrived everywhere.

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Chopping almonds is probably one of the most messy kitchen tasks you’ve ever faced. Because of their rounded shape, the bits of the nut you chop tend to left, right, and almost everywhere except for the cutting board.

After I finished, I found crumbly pieces on the table and on the floor. Oddly enough, I also found some on the bottom of my laptop.

At this point, I definitely regretted not buying pre-chopped almonds.

With the almond crumbs and peanut butter ready, it’s time for the date stuffing.

I put the best focus face on, inspired by Emilie Marico.

I put the best focus face on, inspired by Emilie Marico.

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In an effort to emulate Mariko’s basic, concentrated face when she’s making her recipes, she starts stuffing pitted dates into a glass tray to cool later.

Scoop about a teaspoon of peanut butter and then sprinkle it on some chopped almonds. Personally, I liked the fact that there were larger pieces of almond in between the smaller crumbs because I thought that would give the end result an interesting texture.

The put together dates didn’t look as elegant anywhere as Mariko and Kloss and there was a crumble everywhere – again.

My compilation dates didn't look as clean as Mariko and Kloss and there was crumble everywhere.

The compiled dates didn’t look as elegant as Mariko and Kloss’s release.

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I know the food isn’t about appearance, it’s about flavour, but it was somewhat disappointing that the carefully crafted stuffed dates didn’t look anywhere near as beautiful as Mariko and Kloss.

I don’t know if they clean in-between or they are magically meticulous when working with their hands but whatever they did, I simply couldn’t imitate them.

My only hope was that the flavor would outweigh any visual errors.

After heating the chocolate with two tablespoons of coconut oil, I dipped the dates in the mixture.

Next, I dipped the dates in the mixture of melted chocolate and coconut oil.

Next, I dipped the dates in the mixture of melted chocolate and coconut oil.

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I poured 100g sprinkles of dark chocolate and coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl and added a few tablespoons of coconut oil. Again, Mariko didn’t specify the amount but I thought this sounded similar to how much she used the video.

I ended up putting the mixture in the microwave for two sets of 25 seconds, at 600 and then 850 watts, as it was just too thick the first time.

Next, I gave each stuffed date a little chocolate to cover on all sides and then brought the glass tray to the freezer.

Things took a turn for Messier when I almost dropped dates on the floor.

Things got a lot messier when I almost dropped dates.

Things got a lot messier when I almost dropped dates.

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This is when the disaster occurred. On my way to the freezer, I almost dropped the glass tray and every sticky date rolled down.

The result was perhaps the least delicious dessert ever.

I had to remind myself again that the food is not about appearance. But this was a hard pill to swallow.

After about 15 minutes, the dates were ready and they turned out to be surprisingly good looking.

But the dessert looks rather elegant in the end.

The dessert ended up looking rather elegant in the end.

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Although my process wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as Mariko and Kloss, I was very proud of the end result.

The dates were still completely covered in chocolate and looked pretty much the same as those on TikTok.

The dates were so sweet and salty a bit of a squalor, but the entire recipe was just a little too small a mess for me to make again anytime soon.

This photo summed up the experience: messy.

This photo summed up the experience: messy.

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I’m a big fan of dates in general because they’re sweet but also make me feel so healthy when paired with ice cream, so I knew I’d like this dessert eventually.

With a bite of the first dates, I definitely enjoyed the sweetness of dates and the combination of chocolate with the saltiness of almonds and peanut butter. I also loved the differences in texture between the soft outside and the crumbly inside – it’s definitely a rich, flavorful dessert that fills you up really fast.

But the sheer amount of mess I made in the process and the amount of chocolate I ended up touching my face, hands, and a jacket later on was a little disappointing.

If I had to score this Mariko score, I’d give it 6/10 – I would have done it again, but not for long.

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