Hey guys! I’m writing this while on a plane heading back to my hometown of Halifax. I plan on keeping things short because 1. it’s Christmas Eve Eve and you have more important things to do than listen to me prattle on. And 2. this plane is experiencing turbulence and my extreme cowardice is disrupting my creative flow…or something like that. So, let’s just cut to the chase.
Today’s Pomegranate Sea Salt Bark is the ultimate last minute Christmas gift for anyone with taste buds. Oh and because you’re probably doing other stuff, like wrapping presents or guarding your Christmas tree against an overly ambitious cat, you’ll be relieved to know this bark is a snap to make.
When I envisioned this Pomegranate Sea Salt Bark, I figured it would be the ultimate gift to give someone you’re not sure you’re supposed to give a gift to. You know, when you sort of have a friend crush but you’re not sure if you’re at the gift exchange stage of your relationship? This bark is a sweet gesture without being overwhelmingly sweet. It’s not extravagant and it’s cheap both monetarily and in terms of your time, but its also hella thoughtful. In other words, your not going to scare a new friend off or make them feel like a real tit if they didn’t get you anything in return. You’re just going to give a human some chocolate and that’s always a good thing to do.
This bark can also be gifted as a smaller component of a larger gift. It’s a real stunner so it would look great in a gift basket or wrapped in a separate package and attached to a gift. Ever find something perfect for someone but it’s really too small to be an entire gift? This Pomegranate Sea Salt Bark was born to round out such a gift.
So, yeah, that’s what this beauty is good for but how does it taste? Well, it’s bananas good! It actually made me question why I’d never thought of salting pomegranate before. In this moment, I’m wondering if you could pickle pomegranate. Is that a thing? I feel like they would degrade in a brine, right? I can’t Google it because I’m on a plane. I miss Google…
Anyway, this Pomegranate Sea Salt Bark boasts a briny bite with a mellow, rich finish. The chocolate is like velvet, the salt tempers the sweet, and the pomegranate pops in your mouth. Yes, that’s right, they pop, so much so that a friend of mine called the bark “Pop Rocks for adults”. I took it as a compliment because it is.
What do you have to do to make this three-ingredient delight? Not a heck of a lot. Melt some chocolate. Pour it on some parchment. Top the chocolate with pomegranate and sea salt. Chill it and crack it. That’s it! Melt, pour, top, chill and crack. The end. It’s a Christmas miracle!
That about covers it for this Pomegranate Sea Salt Bark. Crack in case of holiday emergencies. I’m taking a little breather for the next week, so I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday and I’ll see you after I emerge from a haze of rum and eggnog.
Pomegranate Sea Salt Bark
- 1 250g bag dark chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup pomegranate arils
- 1 1/2 teaspoons good quality sea salt
- Pour chocolate chips in a small saucepan and place over low heat. Stirring constantly, cook until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Pour the melted chocolate onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using an offset spatula, even out the surface of the chocolate.
- Sprinkle the pomegranate and sea salt evenly over the chocolate.
- Transfer the bark to the fridge and chill for 2 hours or until set.
- Crack the finished bark into shards. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.