Ococoa’s Sesame Fig Buttercups

The Fig & Sesame Butter Cups that are the inspiration for this ice cream are handmade on a hidden street corner in the middle of West Los Angeles. Diana Malouf, owner of Ococoa, used to experiment with ingredients gleaned from her father’s Middle Eastern grocery store and now runs a full-scale chocolate shop with many of these same flavors. To mimic this beautifully layered buttercup, we’ve developed a tahini ganache that’s sprinkled into a lightly spiced base along with fig jam. This flavor tastes like an exotic frozen sesame truffle with notes of cardamom and bursts of cooked fig.