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Chocolate Panforte Candy

(Makes 24)
Chocolate Panforte Candy
Chocolate Panforte Candy

24 (2-inch diameter) paper candy cups
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1-/12 teaspoons grated orange zest, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts or pistachios
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream


Arrange the candy cups on a baking sheet; set aside.

In a saucepan, combine the figs, orange juice, honey, nutmeg, cloves, and 1 teaspoon orange zest.  Cook over medium heat until the mixture forms a thick paste, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat; stir in the remaining orange zest, cinnamon, and nuts.  Set the mixture aside to cool.

Put the chocolate chips in a heatproof bowl.  Heat the cream in a small saucepan just to a simmer.  Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for about 5 minutes.  Stir the mixture until the chocolate is perfectly smooth.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the chocolate into each candy cup.  Top each with a mounded teaspoon of the fig mixture.  Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
Panforte is a traditional Italian Christmas cake containing fruits and nuts - similar to a fruitcake.  It comes from Siena in Italy's Tuscany region. This recipe makes a candy with the same flavors that are found in the traditional cake.  Go to Panforte Cake Recipe >>
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