Pomegranate Bark, or, Gushers for Grown-Ups!

Pomegranate seeds coated with dark chocolate. Sweet and simple! Pomegranate bark, which I also like to refer to as “Gushers for grown-ups,” is probably the most delicious, easiest treat that one can whip up and look like they spent way more time prepping than they actually did.

Even more enticing than this treat is the feeling of nostalgia this snack brings! Think about the good ol’ days of swapping your Gushers pouch for something of equal cafeteria cred. We’re not even sure anything would be equivalent to Gushers, but we do know that they’re made with real fruit! (So, Mom would definitely approve.)

Pomegranate Bark
Makes about 50 small bunches

3 pomegranates
1 16 oz. package dark chocolate morsels (I used Ghirardelli’s 60% cacao)
Cooking thermometer (optional)

1. Remove seeds from pomegranate into a bowl or dish. When performing this task, make sure not to wear anything that you wouldn’t want to be stained. De-seeding pomegranates can be a messy process! Or, wear an apron. That is, if you don’t mind your apron possibly becoming stained!
2. When all of your pomegranate seeds are out, lay wax paper on a flat surface. Using your fingers or a spoon, separate the seeds into small bunches of 5-10 on the wax paper to dry.*
3. Melt the chocolate! To do this, you will either need a double-burner or can easily create one by placing a stainless steel bowl over top a pan of boiling water. To temper your choco so it’s perfect-o, watch this how-to YouTube video! I do not own a cooking thermometer, which is why I listed it as an optional accessory. I just heated the chocolate until it melted, and let it cool for a minute or so before spooning it over the seeds. It didn’t have the “perfect” shiny surface of a tempered chocolate, but it looked fine, and still tastes delicious to me!
4. Spoon the chocolate over your bunches.
5. Leave your chocolate covered seeds to dry at room temperature (around 60-70°F). Do NOT put them in the freezer! I’m not positive how refrigeration would work, but whatever you do, don’t freeze them! The chocolate will shrink and expand on the pomegranate seeds, causing the chocolate to crackle, and they won’t taste the same.
6. When the chocolate is completely dry, serve and enjoy!

*For a similar and quicker result, lay your pomegranate seeds covering a flat tray. Drizzle the melted chocolate over top! Once drizzled, use a spoon or spatula to smooth the chocolate over the seeds. Add an optional garnish of small white or colored sprinkles for added texture and visual pizazz. Once fully dry (I let mine sit overnight, at room temperature), break into bite-size chunks with a sharp utensil or separate them from the tray, and break them into bunches.

Do you have a recipe for a simple treat that’s just as sweet? Let’s swap!

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Julie is a modern day Renaissance woman and die-hard bloody mary enthusiast. When she’s not sprinkling magic fairy dust onto ModCloth’s social media channels, you can find her eclectic point of view on food, fashion, music, and DIY documented here!

17 Responses to Pomegranate Bark, or, Gushers for Grown-Ups!

  1. Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries 02/28/2011 at 10:43 am #

    Cute! I definitely have the sweet tooth these days! Yesterday I finally christened my oven at the new place… my chocolate muffins turned out amazing! :D
    xxx
    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

  2. Brielle 02/28/2011 at 10:44 am #

    Wow, these look amazing! I’ve got to try those sometime in the very near future.

  3. Rachel (ModCloth) 02/28/2011 at 11:01 am #

    Yum!! De-seeding can be a whole lot less messy if you do it in a large bowl filled with water. The seeds sink right to the bottom, while the skin floats to the top and can be skimmed right off. Plus the juice doesn’t get everywhere!

  4. Suzanne 02/28/2011 at 11:33 am #

    great idea!

  5. Kaelah Bee 02/28/2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Gushers are my fave so this definitely hits a high note!

  6. Hannah (ModCloth) 02/28/2011 at 1:54 pm #

    As if these weren’t amazing enough as was… you arranged them as a face. hahaha. I love them even more now.

  7. Lee 02/28/2011 at 4:11 pm #

    Ahhh those are SO FREAKING CUTE. Plus, I love pomegranate AND GUSHERS! I will definitely be making these soon.

  8. Angela (ModCloth) 02/28/2011 at 5:52 pm #

    These truly were amazing! I would have eaten the whole batch if I didn’t have to share with the whole office. Yum!!

  9. Kristina 02/28/2011 at 9:05 pm #

    I’ll definitely have to try this!

  10. Minnie 02/28/2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Sweet!! I have done a similar type of dessert; Pistachio Bark. Just melt the chocolate (I used dark chocolate chips and melted them in the microwave) and pour/spoon/scrape it over a baking sheet covered in shelled pistachios. Be sure there is wax paper underneath! I put mine in the fridge (on top of everything else) to cool faster. My only word of caution is that if the chocolate is too thick, it is very difficult to break into neat, evenly sized pieces. For those of us that obsess over presentation, be sure to spread the chocolate over niiiice and slim. Enjoy!

  11. Kate Z. (ModCloth) 02/28/2011 at 11:36 pm #

    These were truly delicious! I’m glad you guys shared with the office. :D

    The pistachio bark also sounds yummy!

  12. Delondra 03/01/2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I know a way to de-seed a pomegranate that won’t stain your clothes! You cut the top off and make little cuts from the stem to the bottom(just slicing through the skin). Then you submerge the pomegranate in a bowl of water, let it absorb the water for fifteen minutes, and pry the sections apart while the pomegranate is still underwater. The seeds sink to the bottom and the skin and membranes float to the top. When you’re done prying the seeds loose, you just skim the stuff you don’t want off the top and rinse the seeds. Voila!

  13. Kathleen 03/01/2011 at 7:58 pm #

    Those look super yummy. I will definetely have to give them a try, especially since my mom adores pomegranates. =D

  14. Sarah 03/01/2011 at 8:46 pm #

    YUM!

  15. Oh, My Darling 03/05/2011 at 8:46 am #

    Oh man, Gushers for Grownups is too clever! Those were the most fun candy out there, once upon a time — thanks for the nostalgia this morning!

  16. Judith 04/12/2011 at 6:10 am #

    I tried these a couple days ago and I love them! (And judging by the fact that they disappear faster than I can eat them, so do my housemates…)

  17. Kelly Lewis 11/24/2012 at 7:42 am #

    Can you make these, allow to cool and then freeze for the upcoming holiday?
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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