Pomegranates are delicious fruits, but they are a little bit trickier to eat than, for instance, an apple, due to all of their jewel-like seeds. They’re not that easy to incorporate into recipes – particularly recipes for baked goods – unless you’re looking to use just the juice. Once, I bought a big bag of dried pomegranate seeds, planning to put them into some cookies or muffins and thinking that they would be similar to other dried fruits. They weren’t. They were mostly seed and had virtually no flavor apart from the crunch of the seed. I put aside the bag and wrote off dried pomegranate seeds.
My moratorium lasted until I saw a box of Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Seeds at Trader Joe’s recently. I was tempted to see how the little seeds would do with a chocolate coating. Fortunately, it was a huge improvement! The dark chocolate was rich and flavorful, its fruitiness matching nicely with the hint of pomegranate flavor you get from the dried pomegranate. The seeds themselves work well here, too, because inside of the chocolate they take on a cacao nib-like crunch that is very pleasant. Unlike the plain dried pomegranate seeds, these work well for adding flavor and texture to things like cookies and cakes, and they’re not a bad snack for munching, either.