What Makes a Great Fig Bar?

Fig bars aren’t just for kids anymore; it’s okay for adults to indulge in this sweet, nutritious snack too. High quality fig cookies are chewy, moist and rich with a sweet fig flavor. Specifically, both the dough component and the filling look moist. The fig filling is dark brown, glossy and has seeds. The dough component has a golden color and is evenly baked. The aroma and flavor profiles combine sweet fig with toasty flour. There may be notes of caramelized or brown sugar, vanilla, and butter. The sweet taste profile is balanced with slight sour, bitter and salt. The dough component is soft and tender to bite, the filling is smooth with tender seeds. Both the dough and the filling are moist. There is a low adhesion and cohesion during chewing, and the cookie has a rich mouthfeel.

Tasting terms

  • sweet

    One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • aroma

    The smell that emanates from food. Along with appearance, texture, flavor and taste, aroma is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate a product. Example: Brownies should have an aroma that includes chocolate as well as egg, toasty and sweet notes.

  • taste profile

    The expected levels of each basic taste in any given food; defines the overall taste balance. Example: The taste profile of baking chocolate is led by bitterness that is balanced by a low amount of sweetness.

  • sour

    One of the basic tastes; often considered sharp, tart and acidic. Example: Lemon juice, vinegar and fermented foods often have a strong sour component.

  • bitter

    One of the basic tastes; often considered harsh and unpleasant in abundance, but a key basic taste for foods like coffee and dark chocolate. Example: Unripened fruit, aspirin and coffee all have bitter components.

  • salt

    One of the basic tastes; tasting of or containing salt. Example: Potato chips, sea water and cured meats all have a strong salt component.

  • mouthfeel

    The texture experienced while food is being eaten. Examples include smooth, chalky, grainy or greasy. Example: Super premium ice cream is often described as having a rich and smooth mouthfeel.