A quick chill between dunks in chocolate ensures that the skewers stick to the figs. You'll need 12 flat bamboo skewers* (1/4 in. wide and 3 1/2 in. long) or wooden coffee stirrers cut to this size; paper or plastic ones slide out.

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total:
45 mins
Yield:
Makes 12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Combine chocolate and oil in a 2-cup glass measuring cup and microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth and liquidy, about 1 minute total.

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  • Dip bottom of each fig in a little chocolate to coat and set on lined baking sheet. Working with one at a time, dip skewers about 1 1/2 in. into chocolate and pierce top of fig with chocolate-dipped stick. Chill until chocolate firms and sticks adhere to figs, about 20 minutes.

  • If needed, microwave measuring cup of chocolate in 15-second increments just until thick but pourable. Lift 1 fig from paper and dip all but top third into chocolate, letting excess drip off. Return fig to lined baking sheet and sprinkle chocolate with salt. Repeat with remaining figs.

  • Chill figs until chocolate hardens, 10 to 15 minutes more.

  • 6 Figs to Try

  • Once dominated by dried fruit, California's fig industry, centered in the Central and Coachella Valleys, now sells a number of fresh varieties as well. Each is a little different--so try them all. Fresh figs are perishable; chill, loosely wrapped, up to 3 days.

  • Black Mission. Purple-black skin and vermilion flesh; earthy, floral flavor.

  • Brown Turkey. Purple-chocolate exterior; full, fruity flavor.

  • Calimyrna. Pale yellow; buttery sweet, nutty flavor.

  • Kadota. Light green skin changes to amber as it ripens; delicate flavor.

  • Sierra. Another green variety; lightly aromatic with a hint of summer berries.

  • Tiger (aka Panache). Green stripes on the outside, red inside; berry flavors.

  • *Find at craft stores, well-stocked grocery stores, and pickonus.com.

  • Make ahead: Up to 4 hours, chilled.

Chef's Notes

Nutritional analysis is per lollipop.

Nutrition Facts

121 calories; calories from fat 42%; protein 0.4g; fat 5.8g; saturated fat 3.8g; carbohydrates 19g; fiber 1.5g; sodium 142mg.
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