Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 20
The smell of dark chocolate fills the air as it melts down in the kitchen...
It’s the holiday season, and growing up my family would always make salty-sweet chocolate covered pretzels coated with bright colorful sprinkles to share with friends and family. Living apart from my family for this time of the year let me come up with a new modern gift to cook and share with friends, family, and you!
The fashionable food gift to make this season is the most decadent chocolate bark mixed with sweet, spicy, and salty seasonal treats. I used dark chocolate with crystallized ginger, sea salt, and pomegranate. The result was a rich firm dark chocolate taste with the spice of ginger that is contrasted by the sweetness of the bursting vibrant pomegranate seeds that have an added dimension of flavor brought out with the sea salt.
I know you cannot wait to try it so here’s what you need:
- 5 ounces dark chocolate pieces
- 2 tbsp minced crystallized ginger
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 tsp sea salt
- *Additional dried fruits or nuts of your choosing (such as dried apricots featured above), are optional.
1. Melt the chocolate by adding it in a heatproof bowl resting above simmering water, not letting the water touch the bottom of the bowl.
2. Either mince or food process the ginger and mix into the melted chocolate along with half of the pomegranate seeds. Using the food processor creates more of a paste, so when you add the ginger to the chocolate it can mix in better and improve the smooth texture of it.
3. Pour the chocolate onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper to add the rest of the pomegranate seeds on top and sprinkle with the sea salt. Got with the back of a spoon to gently tap the seeds into the chocolate. Make the chocolate an even layer about ¼ inch thick.
4. Chill for 20-30 minutes to let it firm up. Then break it into any style of pieces you like to store or enjoy!
The result should be a tasty treat you can wrap up and give out, this recipe makes about 8 servings so you have plenty to share. Plan on giving it out within a day or two, otherwise condensation may form on the surface. Personally, the only big issue with this is that everyone seems to eat it all up too quickly!
To make this your own you can try different combinations of flavors, personally I want to try adding peppermint instead of ginger to give it more of a strong fresh minty bite. Comment below with other ideas and try it out, and remember to vote, happy holidays!
*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.