Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Granita

This dessert has every base covered by incorporating pomegranate juice, a great antioxidant, with a big chocolate flavor for a light and at the same time bold dessert. It's important that your cinnamon stick is fresh here, as the delicate granita will quickly take on an old, off taste if not!
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 3 hr
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Share This Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 

Zest of 1 orange

1 cinnamon stick

Pinch kosher salt

4 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped (preferably 70-percent)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup dark cocoa powder

Seeds of 1 fresh pomegranate, for garnish

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm the pomegranate juice, 2 1/2 cups of water, the vanilla pod and seeds, orange zest, cinnamon stick and salt. Simmer the juice, being careful not to boil. Whisk in the chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder until just melted and dissolved.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to steep, about 30 minutes. With a strainer, remove the vanilla pod, orange zest and cinnamon stick. Set aside and allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
  3. Place a 2-quart stainless steel, porcelain or plastic container in the freezer. The container should have at least 1 1/2 to 2-inch sides. Pour the mixture into the dish and set a timer for 1 hour.
  4. With a fork, stir the mixture making sure to scrape all the edges (they freeze first).
  5. Allow to freeze. After 30 minutes, while the granita is in the freezer, stir and break up the large chunks. Continue to do this every 30 minutes until the mixture becomes large ice crystals. This may take up to 2 1/2 hours. Once completely icy, transfer the granita to an airtight container. This will keep up to one week. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Fudge Factor

Sifted: Plan-Ahead Valentine's Day Desserts Feb 6, 2013

By: Lauren Miyashiro

Get our take on the best in food news, recipes and more from around the web, including the best Valentine's Day recipes.

The Craziest Chocolate Creations for American Chocolate Week Mar 17, 2013

It’s officially American Chocolate Week. Check out photos of mind-blowing chocolate creations.

Review: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert's Chocolate Bar Nov 16, 2012

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have teamed up with master chocolatier Christopher Curtin to create the "Good & Evil" chocolate b …

Train Frontman Pat Monahan's Dark Chocolate Obsession Feb 11, 2013

By: Cameron Curtis

Train frontman Pat Monahan, an avid chocolate lover, shared with us his top five reasons for eating dark chocolate.

Over-the-Top-Delicious Treats to Satisfy Your Food Obsession

Are you infatuated with ice cream? Do you lust over lobster? Swoon at the sight of chocolate? Here's the best recipe for each food …

Chocolate Desserts

Indulge in our decadent chocolate desserts, from cookies and cakes to puddings, souffles and truffles.

Essentials: Chocolate Basics Sep 1, 2016

Satisfy that chocolate craving in your very own kitchen. All you need is baking chocolate and a little know-how. It also helps to …