Try a healthy candy alternative: Chocolate Fig Candy
If you're a sucker for salted caramel chocolates, try this fruit alternative with a healthier spin.
Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I want to introduce you to my new love — 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.
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.
Dark Chocolate Fig Candy
5 dried figs
1/2 ounce dark chocolate
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.
Yield: 5 servings.
Lisa Cain, Ph.D., writes about healthy snacks on Snack-Girl.com. She is a published author, mother of two and avid snacker. For more healthy snack recipes, check out Snack-Girl.com.