Sunday, November 29, 2009

My new Sweet Treat

I do love figs- no denying it! So imagine how intrigued and curious I was when I came across this little jar of Ficoco spread in the cheese department at Whole Foods. I thought the jar was kinda cute, so I picked it up to have a look and to my great delight, it's an all natural spread made with figs, cocoa and sugar. That's it. No more no less. Can decadence and healthy co-exist in this tiny little package?? Why yes it can and so I urge you to give it a try! There are many ways of serving it but I have found that just spread on a cracker gives you it's true essence! Or use it to top ice cream, grilled fruit, pancakes or waffles or even fondue! Hard to believe it's fat-free and dairy-free. Why didn't I think of this??

I did try one of the recipes posted on their website and this one is a keeper! It will be fantastic for a holiday party nosh or making up a batch and giving it as gifts this season.

Ficoco Glazed Nuts
2 tbsp butter
¼ cup Ficoco
2 cups mixed nuts, raw, unsalted
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp salt

Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
Stir in Ficoco and when mixture bubbles, add nuts and remaining ingredients.
Toss to coat evenly, spread on a sheet of wax paper and separate nuts with a fork.
Let cool until glaze hardens.
Serve in salads or atop crostini with goat cheese


  1. Yes figs! I love them too. My Italian grandparents had a big fig tree in their front yard in Staten Island. when I was little, I hated it when figs came into season because there were so many and grandma would be like 'eat-eat-eat!' Now I WISH I had all those fresh figs!

    I make a great fig appetizer, I think it's from an old Bon Appetit magazine. Get some fresh proscuitto, spread each slice with goat cheese, sprinkle a lemon oil, top with arugula leaves and sliced figs. Then roll them up and cut it half. YUMMY! expensive to make though.

  2. Oh I've never heard of that but it sounds great!

  3. Another great recipe for fresh figs is taking a whole fig, slitting it slightly, packing it with Humboldt Fog cheese and wrapping with proscuitto. Warm in oven until proscuitto is slightly crispy. Yum!!! Figs are the best and thanks to my favorite blog maven, Joanne, I now have Ficoco in my fridge! Thanks big sis!