Balls of dehydrated figs and other dehydrated fruit, nuts, cane syrup and a small amount of flour to hold together. These can initially be quite moist. However, left to dry in a bag, jar, or just left out for a few days can become crunchy and brittle. Moist or crunchy and brittle, the nutty/fruity flavor is uniquely Cajun.
The story of how this treat came about:The need for cash culminated usually in the sell of all grandma's dairy products, leaving little or no butter, milk, or creams for the lovely desserts made daily. My mother (4th child of 13) came home after school on such an occasion to find her mother's kitchen smelling as usual like fig cake. Mom and her three siblings would gather near the oven where grandma was taking the wonderfully smelling treats out, saw black balls with a diameter the size of a quarter/half-dollar. Grams announced that their cakes were ready and set the balls before her children. Faux, Faux, (lie, lie) these are not cakes.
Having little or no butter, milk, cream, grandma was challenged to create a treat for her children with no more than preserves, sugar, and nuts. Fibs are what evolved and the story and name "Fibs" stuck.
Grandma was caught with her FIBS. So each time cash was low, dairy was sold, Fibs were the norm.
"We the children of Terrebonne Bayou, do solemnly tell de truth: Lille LeBoufe Lirette has lied and denied the true way to make and bake the cake." "C'est faux le gateau."
A deliciously different treat!