Chocolate and Pomegranate and Pistachios….oh my!
With Valentines Day around the corner, I thought it would be fun to post a decadent, yet still healthy dessert that is also super simple to make. When it comes to dessert, I’d say dark chocolate for the win. Every. Single. Time. If there are nuts involved, and say a sprinkle of salt…..well, you had me at dark chocolate, but now I’m here to stay. Seriously though, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, and I’m picky about desserts as much as I’m picky about all of the food I consume, but when I do indulge this is exactly what I’m looking for. Salty. Creamy. Crunchy.
I discovered chocolate covered pomegranate seeds on a trip to Israel a few years ago and I’ve been a big fan ever since. I mean, what’s not to like about that combo? Well….maybe there aren’t any nuts? Yeah, I can solve that problem pronto!
It’s no secret that I keep dark chocolate around. In all forms, shapes and sizes. I mean, you never know when you’ll need to come up with an impromptu dessert ASAP…..and I’ve been known to dip all kinds of things into melted dark chocolate and then present them to guests. Let me tell you, it goes over really well. Always. As in each and every time I’ve ever done it….no matter what was dipped.
Pomegranate seeds are spectacular when mixed with chocolate….and that’s the distinction right there….mixed with chocolate, rather than dipped. Because, let’s be real, they’re too tiny to dip and become something respectable. I have two favorite ways to make these….and they’re both outrageously good, and even though they have the exact same ingredients, they look and taste decidedly different.
The first way is to mix the pomegranate arils with the chocolate and then drop them in clusters to set. With the mixed in pistachios these remind me of the “turtles” I used to consume as a child, although without the caramel these are far less sweet. Either way, these clusters will give just the right mix of creamy chocolate, crunch, and pop. The way those pomegranate arils pop is addicting….or maybe it’s the chocolate?
If you’re going for a more sophisticated look, I recommend making these in mini cupcake papers. Um…gorgeous! Again, you can use the nuts, or not. Personally, I love the crunch and the taste the pistachios provide….but I think we’ve covered that already! I always make a double batch of these because they freeze beautifully and its so handy to have a bunch in the freezer to whip out when needed.
These chocolate pomegranate treats are a win-win-win-win in my book no matter which route you choose. Clusters. Disks. With nuts. Without. Nutritious. Delicious. Simple to make. Easy to clean up.