Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate

Brookside Dark Chocolate PomegranateIn the world of new candies, I think that names are important. They should either be descriptive of the product experience or novel enough creation that it arouses curiosity and the ability to associate that product forever with that name. Last year I tried something called Powerberries at Trader Joe’s. The name certainly doesn’t say much about what the product is, but is evocative enough that I could glean attributes, especially when I got to see the package. I bring this up because I’m now faced with a similar product that doesn’t quite have the naming mojo. They’re called Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate.

Now there’s lots to love about that name if you happen to like a pastoral name like Brookside and the two elements of dark chocolate and pomegranate are also favorites of mine. (But I’m not so keen on eating actual pomegranate seeds, I know they do sell those, but that’s not what these are.) So while it didn’t have the sexy punch of Powerberries, I did actually buy this package.

It’s a stand up pouch that holds 7 ounces of smooth dark chocolate surrounding a sweetened real fruit juice piece made from a blend of pomegranate juice and other select fruit juices. The image on the front actually looks a heck of a lot like the one I shot below. Hooray for accuracy!

Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate

The bag certainly smells fragrant, like a bowl of dried fruit. There are notes of blueberry, raspberry and apricots. The pieces are mostly spherical and glossy dark chocolate. Some were more like disks, about the size of an M&M.

Inside each piece were one or two little pods of this fruit juice pieces. It’s a grainy little “not quite jelly” bit. They’re quite fruity, to the point where some actually had a slight bitter note to them, like the membrane of a pomegranate can impart. The chocolate is smooth and has a good woodsy cocoa note that stands up well to the fruit.

As I mentioned in my original review of the Powerberries, these are a little strange but quite compelling. Though the actual name isn’t quite as exciting and the price is slightly higher than Trader Joe’s, they’re still a fun change of pace for chocolate. I wouldn’t necessarily say that they’re a health food, though the package stresses that there are 100 mg of flavanol antioxidants in each 42 gram serving (20% of your vitamin C as well), I’d say eat them because you like them. There are certainly more nutrients in here than the standard M&Ms, but the key is always to practice moderation.

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Name: Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate
Brand: Brookside
Place Purchased: Gelson's (Silver Lake)
Price: $3.69
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 128
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Chocolate, Kosher, 7-Worth It, Canada

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  1. I truly love these. In a strange-at-first-but-totally-addicting kind of way.

    Comment by Beth on 6/14/11 at 4:52 pm #
  2. Ya know, I bought a big bag of these at Costco and I wasn’t a fan.  I found the middle too sweet, too ‘jelly’ like and just a little weird.  Now, the chocolate covered pomegranate arils? ( I think I do get those at Trader Joe’s) Those are good.  The tart arils are a nice foil for the sweet, dark chocolate and I do like the crunch of the seeds.

    I guess to each his/her own.

    Comment by Maggi on 6/14/11 at 6:48 pm #
  3. Da pomeogrande product is awesœm o real . But da only dos lies in the fact dat middle too sweet, too ‘jelly’ like and just a little weird.
    So i wud like brookside to put moré dark chocolate Per. Mm piece or else shud open up a New versión in huge countable pisces pack

    Comment by Akashdeep Dhillon on 3/31/13 at 5:23 pm #
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