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Chocolate Fig Bon Bons

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Incredible 20-Minute Chocolate Fig Bon Bons

(NAPSA) - Celebrate a special occasion with these extraordinary Chocolate Fig Bon Bons. What makes them so appealing is the combination of sweet, succulent figs, toasted hazelnuts, orange essence and rich, creamy chocolate. Oh yes-and there's no baking! You just place everything in the food processor, chop, shape into balls and decorate with melted chocolate. What could be easier?

Chocolate Fig Bon Bons
These delicious sweet treats can be made for special occasions like Mother's Day, Father's Day, Easter, Christmas, and Hanukkah or simply enjoyed as an everyday family dessert. The recipe is so versatile and easy you can even experiment with changing some of the ingredients-except for the figs, they are the best part and key ingredient. You can try orange juice instead of rum, almonds instead of hazelnuts, dark or milk chocolate instead of semisweet, and mix Mission figs with Cali-myrnas or use them separately.

Dried California figs, both golden brown Calimyrnas and dark purple Missions, are versatile and equally at home in entrees, desserts, salads and side dishes. The sweet taste, unique texture and outstanding nutrition profile of dried figs explain their growing popularity among chefs, home cooks and health-conscious consumers. If you're looking for a healthy, portable snack, figs are the perfect answer. Five to six dried California figs provide approximately 5 grams of dietary fiber or 20 percent of your daily value along with 8 percent of your daily value for iron, 6 percent for calcium and 7 percent for potassium. Potassium plays a key role in keeping your blood pressure normal. Dried figs are a truly unique food with a very desirable nutrition profile. There is no other commonly eaten fruit or vegetable that can boast this combination of calcium, iron and dietary fiber-key nutritional compounds for women and children.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Calimyrna or Mission Figs, stems removed
  • 2/3 cup (3 ounces) toasted hazelnuts or almonds
  • 8 vanilla wafer cookies, crushed
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 3 ounces (or more) semisweet or white chocolate
  • Vegetable oil

Directions:

Process figs, hazelnuts and vanilla wafers in food processor until finely ground. Add powdered sugar, rum and orange peel; process until mixed.

Dampen hands and shape mixture into 11/4-inch balls. Arrange close together on a baking sheet or wire rack.

In small, deep, microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate on HIGH 1-2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Add a few drops of vegetable oil if needed to make chocolate thin enough to drizzle. Dip the tips of a fork in the chocolate and quickly drizzle over the fig balls, or dip each ball in chocolate.

Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Store in airtight container up to 1 week.

Serving Size: Makes About 25 Bon Bons


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