Slice the figs so they are rather thick, like the thickness of two quarters.
Seed the vanilla bean by pressing it flat against a cutting board and then slicing it in half. Using a butter knife, slide it across the inside of each half, scraping out the seeds. FACT: Vanilla is the only fruit-bearing member of the orchid family. That's a lot of responsibility! In fact, the flower that produces the vanilla bean only lasts one day. Talk about a quickie. So farmers have to act fast. You can read more fun facts about vanilla here.
Add the milk and sugar to a medium sauce pan and warm the mixture over a low heat, just til the sugar is fully dissolved.
Add the vanilla bean and then the sour cream. Whisk the mixture until it completely smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a large measuring cup and let it cool in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Fill each popsicle mold with about an inch of the sour cream mixture and insert the popsicle sticks. Let set in the freezer for about an hour. FACT: Did you know that fig trees do not blossom. Well, the blossom is actually inside the fruit. Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little edible seeds that give figs their unique texture. You can learn more fun facts about figs here.
Divide the sliced figs amongst the molds and fill with the remaining mixture.
Place popsicles in the freezer until solid.