Along with cilantro, black licorice and blue cheese, I think it’s relatively safe to say that figs are one of those foods people either love or hate. I, personally, have grown to love (okay, strongly like) them over the years, but I wouldn’t have been caught dead with one as a child, and I wasn’t even a very picky eater.
I am, however, convinced that even the most resolute fig-haters out there might somewhat enjoy these dark chocolate & sea salt dipped figs. Ripe figs are the perfect instrument for chocolate dipping; unlike strawberries, they’re very soft, so the chocolate shell doesn’t break and fall everywhere when you take a bite.
Their subtle sweetness pairs well with slightly bitter dark chocolate and a touch of flaky salt (which, yes, is absolutely necessary!!). It’s probably important to mention that we have only tried these with Black Mission Figs (which we commonly find at our local store during this time of year), so we’re not certain about other fig varieties (though we imagine they’d be equally delicious).
This is one of those no-recipe recipes – really all you have to do is slice some fresh, ripe figs in half (or keep them whole – your choice), melt whatever chocolate you have on hand with a touch of coconut oil, sprinkle with some salt (and other optional toppings, like crushed pistachios, coconut, etc), and let harden.
We’ll still include quantities below, but it’s pretty much impossible to mess these up. Bring a tray for the host/hostess at your next dinner gathering (along with some red wine, we daresay), or simply hoard them for yourself as a light dessert that tastes great and doesn’t feel particularly indulgent.Print
These dark chocolate dipped figs are simple, yet sophisticated and in my opinion, way better than chocolate dipped strawberries!
- 12 Black Mission Figs, washed and sliced in half lengthwise
- 4 oz melted dark chocolate with 1 tsp coconut oil stirred in
- Flaky salt (we use this)
- Wash figs and slice in half lengthwise.
- Melt dark chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well each time. Whisk/stir in coconut oil until smooth.
- Dip each fig half in chocolate and place on a tray lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and put tray in refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let chocolate harden. Enjoy immediately or store in airtight container in fridge for 3-4 days.