Yum! A Caramel Salted Chocolate Makeover

October 23, 2012   20 Comments

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

Fig In Chocolate Recipe

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?


Healthy Candy Recipe

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(makes 5 servings)

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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 :)

Nutrition Facts

For one fig = 62 calories, 1.0 g fat, 13.8 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 2.0 g fiber, 62 mg sodium, 3 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Those look amazing! I'm trying them!

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?

Yum yum!!!!

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!

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

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.

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. :)

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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.

I bought some dried figs from 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.

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

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.

@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

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.

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