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Hadley Fruit Orchards

48-980 Seminole Dr., Cabazon, CA - (951) 849-5255
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/14/2010 7:09:00 AM
Long ago, when California was considered exotic and paradisiacal, dates were an emblem of its appeal. Grown in the stately palm groves of the Coachella Valley, the luxury fruit inspired a drink that has gone beyond the desert and has been embraced by all of Southern California: the date shake. As if an ordinary milk shake weren’t sweet and creamy-rich enough, chopped dates blended in with the ice cream make this beverage more sumptuous than manna itself. Some of the best date shakes in the area are made just off I-10 at Hadley's Fruit Orchard. Concocted using date crystals rather than chopped-up dates, these prodigious drinks are thick but still mostly suckupable … unless you get a hunk of date stuck in the straw. They are available in regular, large, and giant sizes, the last as satisfying as a pint of superpremium ice cream. For further enrichment, bananas may be included in the shake.

Hadley company history says that Paul Hadley is the man who invented trail mix – "a nutritious snack food to sustain hikers in the neighboring San Jacinto Mountains." Hadley's original trail mix includes Ruby raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds and cashews. It is available salted and not, raw or roasted, and in more modern variations that include a spicy/hot combo, an Aztec mix with chocolate dots and an "Orient meets West" mix that features crispy green peas and sesame sticks.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Medjool Dates (1 pound)
Giant Date Banana Shake
Giant Date Shake
Trail Mix (40 oz.)
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The small date shake comes in a paper cup and is a much more manageable shake to drink.
"The small date shake comes in a paper cup and is a much more manageable shake to drink."
Cliff Strutz





The date ice cream was brought to us very frozen and it took a while for it to thaw out.
"The date ice cream was brought to us very frozen and it took a while for it to thaw out."
Cliff Strutz


The giant date shake: smooth and incredibly sweet, this may be too much of a good thing.  Next time, I am getting the small!
"The giant date shake: smooth and incredibly sweet, this may be too much of a good thing. Next time, I am getting the small!"
Cliff Strutz


Hadley's Original Trail Mix, as depicted on the company web site.
"Hadley's Original Trail Mix, as depicted on the company web site."
Michael Stern


Hadley's has a nice variety of dates, all boxed up, ready to go.
"Hadley's has a nice variety of dates, all boxed up, ready to go."
Cliff Strutz


Also available, date bread and date bars.
"Also available, date bread and date bars."
Cliff Strutz


The variety of different foods available here is astonishing.  Wasabi covered peanuts, anyone?
"The variety of different foods available here is astonishing. Wasabi covered peanuts, anyone?"
Cliff Strutz


Hadley's has a pleasant snack bar area
"Hadley's has a pleasant snack bar area "
Cliff Strutz


Hadley's huge neon sign can easily be spotted on nearby I-10.
"Hadley's huge neon sign can easily be spotted on nearby I-10."
Cliff Strutz


Since 1931!
"Since 1931!"
Cliff Strutz


Can't miss this sign.
"Can't miss this sign."
Cliff Strutz



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