Is there a way to make dark chocolate even more delicious and beneficial for your health? Yes! Add antioxidant-packed ginger and pomegranate seeds, and you’ve got a delicious, mood-boosting treat with no guilt. Now, doesn’t that put a smile on your face?
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Bark
Serving size: 10
Servings per recipe: 2 pieces
Prep time: 20 min
- 10 oz. - Dark chocolate, 70-85% cacao or more
- 1 cup - Pomegranate seeds, fresh
- 1.5 Tbsp - Candied ginger, minced
- 1/4 Tbsp - Cayenne pepper, ground
- 1/4 tsp - Kosher salt
De-seed the pomegranate. Make sure to discard the pithy white pieces that stick to the seeds.
In a separate bowl, combine half of the pomegranate seeds and candied ginger, then sprinkle cayenne pepper evenly on top. Mix thoroughly to ensure the cayenne pepper is evenly distributed.
Fit a heatproof bowl over a pot of low simmering water. Place the chocolate in the bowl and stir until fully melted, about 5 minutes. Remove the bowl from the pot and stir the pomegranate and ginger mixture into the melted chocolate.
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. Pour melted chocolate mixture onto the sheet using a spatula to smooth the chocolate into one even layer about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle chocolate with remaining pomegranate seeds while lightly pressing them into the chocolate and top with kosher salt.
Let sit out until the chocolate hardens. Break into pieces and enjoy!
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