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Fig In Chocolate Recipe

Since we are on the subject of candy because of Halloween, I want to introduce you to one of my favorites.

It is just a dried fig, dipped in dark chocolate, with a little bit of coarse salt shaken on for a finishing touch. You know those chocolates that feature salt and caramel? This fig concoction gives them a run for their money AND you are eating a fig instead of caramel.

I have seen these as a choice in the chocolate aisle of Whole Foods where I spend too much time, but there is no reason to buy them pre-made. They are so easy to make!

I don’t actually give these to my children. They are stuck with the pistachios that I featured yesterday :)

A dried fig has good stuff like fiber, calcium, and potassium. Caramel can only say it has butter and sugar - it just can't compete!

I'm not even going to mention the difference in calories between a caramel covered in chocolate and a dried fig (250 vs 50).

You could eat FOUR of these scrumptious goodies for just one of the caramel chocolates.

To make these pop, you need DARK chocolate. I tried them with semi-sweet and it did not work because the fig itself is so sweet. Also, you should use coarse salt and just a little. You can find Kosher salt in the supermarket for this purpose.

Where do you find figs in the store? Well, I found them in the dried fruit section next to the raisins, dates, and prunes. I paid $5 for a small package - but I think it was worth it.

Do you like dried figs? How do you serve them?

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Healthy Candy Recipe

(makes 5 servings)

5 dried figs
1/2 ounce dark chocolate
coarse salt, for ex: kosher salt

Lay a piece of wax paper or parchment paper on a plate. Heat dark chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave at 20 second intervals. Stir often and heat until JUST melted (chocolate burns easily in the microwave). Dip 1/2 fig in chocolate, put on plate, and dust with salt. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour and serve.

These will keep in your fridge for a long time! But, you will probably eat them before you find out how long :)

For one fig = 62 calories, 1.0 g fat, 13.8 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 62 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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20 Comments:

Those look amazing! I'm trying them!

on October 23, 2012

These are delicious!! I always seem to crave salty/sweet combinations; these fit that bill! Do you store them in the fridge, or on the counter?

on October 23, 2012

Yum yum!!!!

on October 23, 2012

My mouth is watering. I'm making these today, and for Thanksgiving and for Christmas, and then maybe because the "day" ends in the word "day." Thank you!

on October 23, 2012

Yum! These look fabulous!!! Great healthy snack!

on October 23, 2012

I have a fig tree and unfortunely it had a ruff year and bloomed really late so my figs never fully ripened. This would be a perfect recipe for them since I found no figs in my local grocery.

on October 23, 2012

They look great! I had seen a similar recipe requiring fresh figs - which are not easy to find. I wasn't sure dried figs would work but now I know they will. :)

on October 23, 2012

These will be great to take for family gathering on Thanksgiving without having to eat the fattening desserts. Thanks

on October 23, 2012

That's YUMMY!!! I want them!! They look so heavenly. Too good.

on October 23, 2012

Dried figs are a stable in any Italian household. How do we enjoy them?
1. stuffed with walnuts or almonds and served as a snack
2. placed in a jar with a good orange flavored liqueur and large pieces of orange rind - let it sit for a few months. Both yummy!

on October 23, 2012

Talk about yummy-looking! Can't wait to give these a try.

on October 23, 2012

Oh yum! The best place to buy figs is at a middle eastern food store.

on October 23, 2012

Will definitely try this. If only I can find dried figs that are sulfite-free...

on October 23, 2012

What a lovely twist on salted caramels! So creative. Plus, I will feel very fancy enjoying a dark chocolate-dipped fig.

on October 23, 2012

Well that's something I'm going to have to try. Could make for a fabulous Christmas gift.

on October 23, 2012

So I looked at Walmart and found dried figs in a box with prunes etc for $1 it has a small amount but perfect price for sampling. I did try this at home but the only choc. I had was semi sweet and while it was good based on a hunch the snack girl is right dark choc would taste better.

on October 23, 2012

I bought some dried figs from Nuts.com and they are great and priced within reason. I'll have to try this confection! You might also want to try a prune stuffed with a walnut and chocolate dipped.

on October 23, 2012

I made these this weekend, I was skeptical but I should have known Snack Girl would not lead us astray. They were delicious!

on December 13, 2012

These are horrible. I made them for a Christmas party I had last night and every single fig that was tried was immediately spat out into a napkin. I don't understand all of these comments praising these things, they were absolutely terrible.

on December 16, 2012

@Allison, I didn't think they were terrible but I didn't think they were fabulous. Sometimes snack-girl features some recipes that are pretty unique. For example, *I* eat the cream cheese-carrot-raisin tortilla but I can't get anyone else too.
If you're looking for a healthy dried fruit appetizer I recommend http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/stuffed-dates-two-ways/
When I was making them, I kept eating them, ha ha. Figure everyone will want to try one of each and then eat one more.
And if you're looking for a not-so-healthy dried fruit appetizer I highly recommend bacon-wrapped dates with any kind of cheese. There are tons of recipes out there so you can tailor to blue cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesean cheese, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, etc. You can deep fry or oven bake.

on December 25, 2012


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