Ficoco: Fig and Cocoa Spread

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Ficoco Fig and Cocoa Spread

I am always looking for new and interesting things to try.  When I was in Whole Foods earlier this week I stumble upon this very cute jar.  Have you ever seen this before?  It is Ficoco a fig and cocoa spread made in Croatia.  It is dark, rich and has a light sweetness from the figs.  I absolutely loved it!  It’s figs and cocoa how can you go wrong?  My favorite was the little chunks of figs.  The cocoa is comes in as a second note with that great bitter sweet taste of dark chocolate.  Also I just love how fig seeds pop in your mouth, it’s a great bonus.  It is definitely a spread and not a preserve, so it is perfect to spread over pastries, dessert cheese, ice cream or even a piece of toast, but won’t work as a filling. 

 

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As soon as I got it home I spread it over a piece of toast and it was a delight.  It was like a new Nutella but totally different.  I wished I had gotten a second jar because I knew that it was going to go fast.  Also it was on sale at half price.  A jar can run you about $6 so I am kicking myself for not stocking up. 

I immediately began to ponder other way I could enjoy my new treat.   That is when I remembered PW’s recipe for shortbread cookies.   Shortbread cookies by themselves are absolutely delightful.  How much better do you think they would be with some Ficoco spread on top?

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Well I will tell you.  It was fan-freaking-fantastic!  I was in heaven!  I sat on my couch after dinner with two shortbread cookies, Ficoco spread and a glass of milk.  I dipped the knife in the jar and spread the gorgeous dark spread on the crumbly butter cookie.  When I took a bite I was transported into another dimension.  I sat their with my eyes closed “Mmmmmm-ing” and “Awwwww-ing”, repeatedly saying “this is so good……oh my goodness this is so good!”  

When I opened my eyes Obed sat their with a puzzled half scared look on his face and asked me if I was ok.   I declared, “Heck yeah!”    I then march myself right back into the kitchen and grabbed two more cookies and did it all over again.

I declare get yourself some today!

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Print Recipe

Shortbread Cookies (from Pioneer Woman)

  • 2 sticks, plus 2 tablespoons regular (salted) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Scant 1 cup corn starch

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar together. Sift in flour and cornstarch and blend together using a pastry cutter or using a fork until the ingredients all come together.

Form dough into a ball, place in Zip-loc bag, and refrigerate 20 minutes.

Roll onto a lightly floured surface and cut into rounds. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat.

Bake for 20 minutes. Do not allow shortbread to brown; the edges should have the faintest golden tinge

Comments

  1. says

    I first found this at my local Whole Foods store in Sherman Oake, CA. and, like you, fell in love. Have been trying for weeks for additional supply without success. For unexplained reason, Whole Foods doesn’t know why backorders remain unfulfilled. Other stores only carry the plain Fig spread. Can you help?

  2. says

    Wow, this is certainly interesting. I’m Croatian and I’ve not so far seen this on a shelf anywhere…thank you Meseidy for bringing it to my attention! I’ll look harder next time I’m at the supermarket:)

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