Pour boiling water over dates and 1 teaspoon soda and let stand until cool.
Cream together the sugar, shortening and eggs and add to cooled date mixture.
Sift together the flour with the salt and ¾ teaspoon soda. Mix all together well, pour into large oblong pan which has been greased and floured.
1 six-ounce package chocolate chips
½ cup sugar
½ cup nuts, chopped
Sprinkle chips, sugar and nuts on top of cake and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
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