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Lovely, ruby-pink pomegranates are in season. If you're stumped about how to enjoy this intriguing fruit, try the following recipe I discovered on food.com. It's a snap to prepare, and the results are very impressive - this is a wonderful (and very unique) after-dinner nibble for your holiday guests. (Important: Don't forget to let the pomegranate seeds dry before you add them to the melted chocolate).
Chocolate Pomegranate Seeds
2 large pomegranates
1 (12 ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Refrigerate the pomegranates (not required, but it helps).
Remove all the seeds and place them in a colander.
Gently rinse the seeds, then lay them out on paper towels to let them dry.
Lay out a large sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet which will fit inside your refrigerator.
Melting the chocolate the easy way: put the chocolate chips in a glass container and microwave them until they're melted, stirring occasionally; don't overdo it, though- you don't want the chocolate to burn or get tough.
Melting the chocolate another way: in a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips (if you don't have a double boiler a metal or oven-safe glass dish over boiling water works too); stir constantly while melting so you don't scorch the chocolate.
Add the pomegranate seeds to the melted chocolate (making sure the seeds are not wet on the surface, or else the chocolate can seize) and fold gently with rubber spatula until the seeds are thoroughly covered. Spoon out globs of the mixture, whatever size you like, on to the wax paper.
Place the wax papered cookie sheet in the refrigerator and let the chocolate-covered seeds cool overnight (or for as long as you can stand before tasting them).
Keep refrigerated- they should keep for 3-4 days, at least, although I doubt they'll last that long once you taste them.