Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas

These are so colorful and festive looking it makes you feel like it's a party when you look at an assortment of them. And they couldn't[ be easier to make, even your kids could do it. You can use white chocolate too, for a more wintry or icy look.]

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions

Dipping decorations: granola, chopped nuts, sprinkles, jimmies, crushed cookies, and toasted coconut

Line a sheet pan with waxed paper. Cut 1-inch off the end of each banana. Insert a popsicle stick into the cut-end of each banana, pushing the stick halfway in, leaving the other end exposed for use as a handle. Place the bananas on the sheet pan and freeze 1 hour.

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally.

Arrange the dipping decorations on several flat plates. Working with 1 banana at a time, dip it in the chocolate and turn to completely coat (spoon some on, if needed). Roll the dipped banana in the desired decorations, transfer to the sheet pan, and return to the freezer.

Once frozen, store the bananas in an airtight container.

Serving suggestion: To serve at a kid's party, paint a hunk of styrofoam and stick the banana handles in the top, so they stand upright.


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My mom and I tried to make this it was going good until we had to melt the chocolate is got all solid and hard and it would not stick at all to the bananas I was really disappointed. I would have rated it zero if I could! item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS DIDN'T WORK FOR ME Wonderful Idea & loved the Toppings ideas but I ended up with chocolate frosting type mixture instead of nice melted chocolate. Had to slap on the chocolate because my 5/6 year olds were waiting to put their toppings on their "special banana treats". Read what others have posted about diluting the chocolate so you get a thinner chocolate sauce. It's a lot of work to get everything together and then have that part fail. We will try again when we get the chocolate consistency down. Good luck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for the Arrested Development premier tomorrow! After reading some reviews, I altered this a little. I used Almond Bark rather than choco chips and to make it runnier, add a little vegetable oil after melted. I use this method for Oreo Balls and it works great. Melt in microwave. I didn't quite cut the bananas in half and I cut the bottom pieces in 1" and topped them with chocolate. Haven't tasted them yet, but they look amazing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awful recipe. It's a good start, but there is far, far more chocolate than you will ever need for 8 bananas. If you are making 5 bunches worth of bananas, feel free to use all of it, but it's a better bet to just use a smaller pan or bowl with less chocolate. Also, the chocolate does NOT thin down enough to make it dippable as written. Basically, while it has all of the ingredients that you need within the recipe, you will have to completely alter the proportions in order to make it work. I would advise finding a good recipe for making melted chocolate and then just use that with bananas. It will work much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great! A tip for melting chocolate: instead of melting chocolate in a double-boiler, just put it in a microwave-safe bowl with a little butter and/or cream or milk, nuke it on high for 1 minute, stir, nuke for another 15-30 seconds, stir. If still really chunky then nuke it for another 15-20 seconds. If only small chunks, just keep stirring until it melts in and you will have beautiful melted chocolate! Way easier and much faster and this way you don't scorch the chocolate and wont get gloppy. Happy eating! item not reviewed by moderator and published
super easy!! my 3,5,& 7 helped add the "extras", which included granola, jimmies, sprinkles and toffee bits. i needed to add a little cream to thin the chocolate so it would cover more evenly and kept half the bananas in the freezer so as to stay cold enough (to harden chocolate as soon as i put it on). delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these with my 4 year old daughter. Make sure the chocolate is thin enough to dip. I used cream to thin. I also added more cream as the chocolate cooled to keep it dippable! I held the banana over the warm pot of chocolate and spooned it on while I turned it. Then I dipped it in crushed smarties - this was my daughters part. I placed the crushed smarties on a plate, laid the dipped the banana on it and she sprinkled the top and sides with her fingers. Why bother freezing the bananas first? I used fresh ripe bananas - too green and they split when you stick the stick in. They coated nicely and didn't split. Worked really well! They look great for a kids party! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am about to make my second attempt. My first attempt was horrible! I think that I let water get in my chocolate...it turned into a big glob of unworkable chocolate. I just read that if even 1 drop of water gets into the chocolate, it will ruin it!!! So...her goes attempt #2. If this doesn't work, I'm giving up!!!!! I will post my results...wish me luck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nothing went right with this recipe. I peeled the bananas, inserted the skewers, and froze them overnight overnight. Then I melted the chocolate and butter as directed in my double broiler. Here's what happened: ? The chocolate would not melt. The semi-sweet chips melted down and then began forming a huge ball of chocolate. It wouldn't thin out until I added milk and more butter ? The chocolate mixture would not stick to the bananas at all. Once they were out of the freezer the fruit began sweating which made the chocolate just slide off. I ended up just laying bananas on a tray and pouring the chocolate over it. Tasted fine, but logistical nightmare. I recommend NOT freezing the bananas beforehand. As for my chocolate, I don't know what went wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'd like to add a couple of tips to this recipe that I've learned from experience. First, it's really important to let your bananas ripen until they are covered with *small* brown spots. That ensures that their sugar level is optimal. Next, when you freeze them, don't place them in a plastic bag. Doing so will cause the moisture that evaporates from them to crystallize on the bananas. This will melt into the chocolate when you dip them and quickly coagulate the chocolate. We makes tons of frozen bananas at Totally Bananas, Inc. If you wish, take a look at our web site: http://www.totally-bananas.net. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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