Dark chocolate dipped figs: the easiest seasonal dessert you hadn’t thought of (until now!). Finished with a generous sprinkle of flaky salt, these are a crowd-pleasing, healthy(ish) dessert option, especially perfect for a crowd. They’re also naturally gluten free, vegan and nut free!
Along with cilantro, black licorice and blue cheese, I think it’s safe to say that figs are a food that people either love or hate. I, personally, have grown to love 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.
Even the most resolute fig-haters may enjoy these dark chocolate dipped figs with sea salt. 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. Honestly, that’s exactly the reason I never make chocolate-dipped strawberries. They taste great, but they make such a mess!
The subtle sweetness of figs pairs well with slightly bitter dark chocolate and a touch of flaky salt (which, yes, is absolutely necessary!). Salt helps to bring together all of the flavors and particularly enhances the dark chocolate.
Speaking of chocolate…
What kind of dark chocolate should I use for chocolate dipped figs?
I’ll leave this up to your judgement, but if you’re curious what we used, we tend to opt for dark chocolate over the 70% mark. There are plenty of dairy free/vegan options on the market.
Our favorite: FlavaNaturals dark chocolate! Each bar contains 5x the cocoa flavanol antioxidants of regular dark chocolate, so you’re getting the same classic chocolate taste with far more benefits.
Since chocolate bars tend to cost a bit more, we also often use dark chocolate chips. There are a number of brands that don’t contain dairy, as well as some brands that are specifically produced in facilities without any top allergens. If you’re dealing with any severe food allergies, we suggest EnjoyLife products – all of which are free from 14 common allergens, including dairy, soy, gluten, nuts & more.
To melt the chocolate, a microwave will do just fine, however you can also use a double boiler if you wish. To microwave the chocolate without any burning, heat in 15-20 second intervals. Stir well between each interval to evenly distribute heat. The process should take about 1 minute and 20 seconds for the amount of chocolate used in this recipe.
Once you dip the figs in the chocolate and sprinkle with salt, you’ll have to let them cool and harden. To speed up this process, you can cool the figs in a refrigerator or freezer. We let them sit at room temp for about 45 minutes, which was enough time for them to harden completely.
What kind of figs are best for this recipe?
We have used both Black Mission and Brown Turkey figs for this recipe. Black Mission are most commonly available at stores in our area. (The figs pictured here are Brown Turkey – distinguished by their variegated red/purple shade with light green around the edges.
I personally prefer Black Mission figs when I can find them. They’re so juicy and sweet – perfect for dipping in chocolate!
Another common fig variety is Calimyrna figs, which have a vibrant green/yellow exterior and pink interior. They’re often found dried, but we’ve seen them fresh occasionally in local speciality stores. Any variety you can find should do for this recipe!
In the US, fresh figs are typically available for a short season in June, followed by a longer season from August-October. Once you purchase fresh figs, be sure to keep them cold. Transfer them to the fridge immediately and use as quickly as possible, preferably within a day or two. Figs can also be sliced and frozen, where they can last for much longer!
Toppings for chocolate dipped figs
While we love a simple chocolate dipped fig with flaky salt, there are plenty of other options for topping for chocolate dipped figs. A few options include crushed nuts (pistachios would be particularly good!), shredded coconut, crunchy cacao nibs, or if you’re feeling festive, sprinkles.
Whichever toppings you use, be sure to top them before the chocolate hardens. Otherwise, nothing will stick and it won’t be worth the mess!
More vegan/vegetarian fig dessert recipes
Make the most out of a relatively short fig growing season and give these other fig-focused recipes a try:
- Cardamom Fig Jam via the Wicked Spatula. Perfect for simply spreading on toast, or as a unique ice cream topping!
- Oatmeal Fig Bars via Bakerita. Love the sound of these, for breakfast or dessert!
- Fig + Bourbon Caramel Ripple Ice Cream (Vegan) via the Floured Kitchen. This recipe involves a homemade vegan bourbon caramel – YUM!
- Fig Tart with Coconut Cashew Cream via Rainbow Plant Life. Such a simple, yet stunning dessert!
These dark chocolate dipped figs are truly a foolproof recipe. We’ll still include ingredient 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 overly indulgent. Enjoy!Print
These dark chocolate dipped figs are simple, yet sophisticated and in my opinion, way better than chocolate dipped strawberries!
- 12 Black Mission or Brown Turkey Figs, washed and sliced in half lengthwise
- 4 oz melted dark chocolate, melted
- Flaky salt
- Wash figs and slice in half lengthwise.
- Melt dark chocolate in microwave in 15-20 second increments, stirring well each time.
- 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.
We suggest using a dark chocolate over 70%.