So this recipe actually has a great story behind it and I think you’re gonna like it. I admittedly watch a TON of TV and one of my favorite shows is Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets. I even have some favorite episodes that I’ve seen quite a few times and I will still watch them over and over as if they were new. One of those episodes is called ‘Seattle Sweets’ (of course) and during that delicious episode, they rave about a chocolate shop called Fran’s Chocolates. Even though I grew up in Seattle and Fran’s Chocolates has been around since 1982, I’ve never visited Fran’s since those delectable treats are sadly not kosher. But watching that Unique Sweets episode so many times and watching them fill Calimyrna figs with ganache then dip them in semisweet chocolate got me thinking that it was time I made my own. Such a simple genius concept with so much flavor!
Okay, so then I decided to make my own chocolate filled/chocolate dipped figs but I thought I would be cool by adding some chopped dried cherries to the ganache but really, have you ever tried piping a ganache where pieces get stuck in the piping tip? Yeah, adding dried cherries was a bad idea! But what came from it was even better…this ice cream!! Instead of filling the mildly sweet figs with ganache, I poured melted chocolate all over them to create delicious chocolate covered fig bites of heaven. Then I dropped those treats right into a batch of vegan ice cream as it was churning and bam, a new sweet treat was born.
Since the only dairy free chocolate I use in my kitchen is California Gourmet, I reached out to them for this recipe to make sure it would be okay to rave about them in this blog post. How could they so no, right?!? California Gourmet chocolate chips are vegan, gluten free, dairy free and kosher and they are made with REAL Belgian chocolate. I love the texture of these chocolate chips as a snack (especially when I’m traveling) and they melt beautifully for ganaches and for dipping. These amazing chocolate chips are located in over 100 stores across the US and you can check out the list of stores on their website. And hey, if your favorite grocery store doesn’t carry California Gourmet, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know!
I seriously love anything covered in chocolate. I know some people say they would eat a shoe if it was covered in chocolate and I’m not sure I would do that…but most other things, right?!? I love that these chocolate covered fig bites are chewy on the inside (even frozen) and have a bit of crunch from the hardened chocolate on the outside. I seriously can’t get enough!
OH MY is right!! Just dig right in.
I even sprinkled more Calimyrna figs right on top of the ice cream! Chewy figs, cold creamy ice cream, crunchy frozen chocolate. Good lord!
- 8-10 Calimyrna figs, chopped into bite size pieces (can use fresh or dried figs)
- 1/2 cup California Gourmet dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup full fat canned coconut milk
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Chop the figs into bite size pieces and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place the California Gourmet chocolate chips In a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. Stir until the chocolate chips are smooth and silky. Pour the chocolate over the figs then mix together with your hands until all of the figs are covered in chocolate.
- Place the figs in the freezer until the chocolate is hard (around 15 minutes) then break the figs apart into pieces, saving any excess chocolate. Set the figs aside while you make the ice cream base. These fig bites are great on their own right out of the freezer!
- In a blender or food processor, blend the coconut milk, almond milk, pure maple syrup, banana, cinnamon, cardamom and salt until smooth.
- Pour the ice cream custard directly into your ice cream machine following the package directions and churn for 12-15 minutes.
- When the ice cream is almost ready (after around 10 minutes), add the chocolate covered fig bites and the excess chocolate to the churning ice cream. In just a few minutes, the ice cream is ready!
- You can either eat the ice cream right out of the machine as soft serve or freeze for at least 4 hours so the ice cream can set. If you are serving the ice cream more than a day later, set it on the counter for 15 minutes to soften slightly.
– This post was sponsored by California Gourmet –
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