I read on the Oh Joy! blog that Trader Joe’s had recently introduced a chocolate covered pomegranate seed.
This led to a Marly light bulb moment! I had pomegranates in my fridge that were beginning to show signs of age…and I had dark chocolate chips humming my name in the cupboard. It seemed like a marriage waiting to happen!
I don’t happen to have Trader Joe’s nearby so I didn’t think it would be infringing on anyone’s intellectual property if I tried making these on my own.
And I’m so glad I did. Not only was the final product delish, but my daughter and I found the process of retrieving the seeds out of a pomegranate to be relaxing, if not a tad bit compulsive (She wrote about pomegranates on her site too). We compared it to popping bubble wrap; you just don’t want to stop once you get started. And let me tell you this, there are a lot of seeds in a pomegranate.
And they’re red. Do not wear your favorite white t-shirt covered by your favorite white apron to do this task. Pomegranate seeds can be a little like a bird on a wire; they look for targets.
One more thing, pomegranate seeds are relatively small so I grouped two or three seeds for covering in chocolate. There’s a nice little “pop” when you bite into one of these so the combination of dark chocolate and the sweet burst of the seed is just heavenly. Be prepared! It’s difficult to stop popping bubble wrap and it’s similarly difficult to stop eating these!
Vegan Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Seeds
Seeds from one pomegranate
1 bag Dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Baker’s chocolate chunks)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
See what an easy recipe this is? Just a few ingredients. Lay out a sheet of waxed paper. This is where you will put your finished product so be sure to have it near where you’re working. Melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave. Depending on your microwave, usually 1 to 2 minutes should do the trick. Stir these ingredients together and then add the vanilla and mix thoroughly. Use a spoon to grab 2-3 pomegranate seeds at a time. Drop the seeds in a cluster in the chocolate and spoon out onto the waxed paper. If they separate a bit, you can use the spoon to nudge them back together. Work your way through all the seeds and then let them dry on the waxed paper. If you can move the waxed paper into the fridge than could help the drying process so you can start eating them sooner. Enjoy!