Last year in November, a great friend of ours gave me this amazing idea to make chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. He watches “Burn Notice” and apparently in a season that he had seen, the main female character is always eating chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. I had never in my life had a pomegranate so, I went out to find one.
Before going to the store to get one though, I did a little bit of research on how to eat a pomegranate because like I said earlier, this whole fruit was completely new to me. I mean all I knew, from others, was that they stained and that they were a pain in the butt to clean but what does that even mean to someone who has never had one??? The website at Wit and Whistle helped so much!
Then my adventure began as I developed a way to cover these beautiful little jewels with chocolate.
First off, let me just say that when God created the pomegranate, He certainly knew what He was doing because they are beautiful on the outside and absolutely stunning on the inside. The taste is even that more amazing! They are somewhat tart but not so much that you’re face scrunches up like you just ate a “War Head”. They are blissful! Then when you cover them in chocolate, they are magical!
Here is what my first attempts at Chocolate Covered Pomegranates looked like, last year.
Now, don’t get me wrong, these babies tasted GREAT! The thing is, they didn’t look so great. I don’t know about you but if my food doesn’t look appealing, I don’t particularly want to eat any of it. My brave friends who didn’t care what these little jewels looked like fell in love but others would turn their noses up at them because it all honesty they looked like something you might find in the front yard after a pack of dogs has run by. I took some platters to a few holiday parties and they got eaten up quickly but not without much convincing.
As the season for pomegranates approached, my culinary consultant and sous chef (aka as my husband) and I discussed how we could better this idea of pomegranates and chocolate. He suggested they be smaller so that they would be the “perfect” bite but I just couldn’t wrap my head around HOW to do that. I did a little research (Google is my friend) and got an idea from a picture that showed some pomegranate arils in a miniature cupcake liner. It was an “AHA!” moment that I set out to experiment with.
I spent one evening cleaning a couple of POM Pomegranates, melting chocolate and trying out my idea. This is what they looked like.
I was quite happy with how they turned out so I decided to package up six dozen and see if any of my beloved friends wanted to purchase some for consumption.
At this point, the name of these babies changed from Chocolate Covered Pomegranates to Chocolate Pomegranate Bites. They are the perfect bite of semi-sweet and dark chocolate and pomegranate arils. YAY!!
Today, I made my first attempt to ship some of the beauties to Pennsylvania for my foodie penpal, Julie at What Julie Ate. I had no idea where to even begin and after doing some research (Google again!) I opted to send them in an egg carton wrapped in bubble wrap. So, we will see what happens. Julie joked about not worrying how she gets them because we could just change the their name. I suggested, “Ooey Gooey Pomegranate Bites”. Until then, I’ll be trying to figure out how to ship these beautiful, perfect bites of chocolate and pomegranate.