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I’m obsessed with figs as we all know! I’ve only ever really had figs (fresh and dry) in the last five years or so and I’m OBSESSED. Interestingly, I assumed I was the last one to the party, but I’m finding that when I ask people if they like figs, they stare back at me and say they don’t think they’ve had them! WELL if ever a recipe was going to ensure a new love affair, it’s these chocolate dipped figs.
Chocolate Dipped Figs
My love affair with chocolate dipped figs started just after our trip to Sonoma a few years ago to go wine tasting. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at The Girl and The Fig. They offered the fruity dessert in a little to go box, so I took one home.
I finally tried one a few days later and just about fell out of my chair. So, SO good! It never ceases to amaze me how dried fruit and chocolate (just those two ingredients) makes such a decadent dish!
I actually made these figs for my family last year at the holidays and was planning to share this homemade food gift idea this year when the California Fig Advisory Board reached out about their new fig cookbook! You all, I swear. This isn’t made up!
They said I could use one of the delicious dried fig recipes in the book or share one of my own. Well I’m doing the best of both worlds and sharing a recipe I love that’s also in the cookbook!
Homemade Food Gifts
I love homemade food gifts. They’re a personal way to give a gift without the pressure of gift giving or receiving! I also love that they can be made last minute and in bulk!
This year, I went to the Goodwill to look for glass containers to gift these chocolate dipped figs and I found two cute containers like the one here – with lids! I can give my homemade gift and my friends get a cute dish to use after!
For a few of my friends, I want to give them these figs with the fig cookbook that has the recipe in it! While I’m still introducing people to figs, I do have a few friends just as enamored as I am and they need all the fig recipes they can get!
Tips for Dipping in Chocolate
When shopping for California figs, get big, juicy ones for the best results! I used both mission fig and golden figs, but you can just do one!
So the one thing that I wasn’t doing before I got the cookbook was lightly salting my dried figs before dipping them in the chocolate. It isn’t mandatory to do this, but that hint of salt perfectly balances the sweetness of the chocolate (and my sprinkle toppings)!
Use nicer melting chocolate. There are a number of brands of chocolate wafers out there for melting. I can’t recommend splurging a few extra dollars for the brands that are known to be decadent. It really is worth it!
Also, make sure your melting chocolate wafers are fresh. I’ve used a favorite brand a while after buying them and it got gross during melting. So keep it fresh!
Experiment with decorations. As you can see, I went to town with white and colored sprinkles, double dipping in white and dark chocolate, drizzling one kind of chocolate over the other, sprinkling salt, and even marbling the chocolate at the end! The options are endless. If you aren’t up to decorating holiday cookies, try decorating figs!
Only use a silpat mat or parchment paper to dry the figs. If you don’t the chocolate will stick to the dish, not to your figs!
Get copies of the Fig Cookbook for yourself and food lovers on your gift list this year from the California Fig Advisory Board’s website!
CHOCOLATE DIPPED FIGS
I first had chocolate dipped figs at The Girl and The Fig in Sonoma, California. I thought they'd be tasty; I never dreamed how decadent they tasted. The best part is that they're SO simple to make at home and they are a perfect homemade food gift idea!
- 25 California Dried Figs mission or golden
- fine sea salt
- 10 oz chocolate melting wafers all dark, white, or combo
- flaked sea salt
- sesame seeds white or black
Line a baking sheet with silpat mat or parchment paper.
Lightly salt bottom portion of dried figs (salt help balance the sweet chocolate + decorations)
Gently smoosh the bottoms of the dried figs with fingers to get them to stand with stem up.
Melt chocolate wafers in double boiler or microwave, following package directions.
Working one fig at a time, hold the fig by the stem and dip desired amount in melted chocolate. Gently shake off extra chocolate.
Over a plate, sprinkle desired decoration/toppings. Place chocolate dipped figs on silpat or parchment to dry.
Let chocolate harden before serving or packaging.
Figs will last 1-2 weeks in airtight container.
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