For something that looks so simple and unassuming, this Chocolate Granita has to be one of the most decadent ices ever made! Imagine for a moment your favorite 70% + dark chocolate transformed... into a frosty, yet somehow creamy ice, and you will begin to get an inkling of how a delicious a treat this is. It banishes all miseries.
In a medium saucepan combine the water, sugar, and cocoa powder. Whisk until smooth. Heat over medium-low heat. Once simmering, whisk in the vanilla extract and chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate has melted and is smooth. Taste for sweetness.
Transfer to a 9 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking pan. Leave to cool to room temperature then put in the freezer. After about 45 minutes, with a fork, scrape to form a flaky texture. Continue to scrape the surface every 30 minutes until fluffy and snow-like. Serve immediately or keep in an airtight container in the freezer, scraping every so often to keep a light texture.
For a perfect taste sensation, find high quality cocoa and chocolate. For cocoa powder, use any brand that’s ‘Dutch processed’. It’s the most ‘chocolatey.’