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Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas

July 1, 2009

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Lovely friends… hi.  Dear readers… hello.

Let’s talk about keeping it classy.  Hot dang! I try hard to keep it classy.  Holy smokes… do I ever fail sometimes.

Let’s discuss classy versus not classy, and what the heck chocolate dipped bananas have to do with anything.

Classy:  a tastefully short summer sundress.  Not class:  booty shorts that awkwardly bunch in the crotch.

Classy:  gracefully switching from wine to water at the company picnic.  Not classy:  maybe getting drunk and punching the sous chef in the face.  Oops.

Classy:  How much I love listening to public radio.  Not classy:  How much I love to watch The Real Housewives of  New Jersey.  Guilty… but why do they yell so much?

Classy: Enjoying mini chocolate dipped bananas on a summer afternoon.  Not as classy:  Trying to gnaw your way through a giant chocolate dipped banana.  It’s just not pretty friends.  Let’s try to avoid this scene this summer.  I think we all know why.

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas

In case you’re wondering what I’ll be eating all summer, the answer is homemade kettle corn and these little lovelies.  Gracious heavens, how have I not come to these sooner!?  Use the best chocolate you can get your hands on.  I used a Valrhona 70% chocolate.  How about nuts!?  Heck yes!  I liked chopped honey roasted peanuts, but walnuts or toasted pecans would be lovely too.

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Mini Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Print this Recipe!

3 firm but ripe bananas

9- 12 wooden popsicle sticks or lollipop sticks

2 cups chocolate chips or chunks, melted

1/2 cup nuts of your choice, pulverized in the food processor or finely chopped.

Peel three firm bananas and slice each banana into thirds or fourths.  Each banana slice should be about 3 inches tall.

Place wooden sticks or lollipop sticks through the center of one end of the banana slice, about 2 inches deep.

Place of a tray or plate, making sure that the bananas do not touch, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for four hours, or overnight.

Using a food processor, pulse the nuts until they are chopped very fine.  You can also do this by hand, it just takes a bit longer.  Place in a bowl and set aside for the dipping.

Melt chocolate over a double boiler.  Simmer 3 inches of water in a pot, place the chocolate in a heat proof bowl and, once the water is simmering, place the bowl of chocolate over the simmering water.  The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl.  Stir the chocolate pieces  occasionally until they’re all melted.

Remove bananas from the freezer, dip in chocolate, roll in nuts and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  When all the bananas are dipped, return to the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.  Once hard, wrap individually in plastic wrap and store in the freezer until you’re ready to snack on them.  Yum!  I think they’re best eaten when thawed at room temperature for about 7 minutes.


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  • dancing kitchen July 1, 2009 at 6:48 am

    You made me snort in the middle of class. Note to self: No reading Joy’s blog in Diversity and re-evaluate classy status.

  • those look great! perfect for hot summer nights, too.

    I bet they would be great with sliced apples

  • Those are pretty classy, if I do say so myself.

  • Thank you soooo much for making me laugh this morning, almost to the point of tears!!! I so needed that laugh. I will try to cut my bananas to a classy length. I was actually asked to do choc dipped bananas for a wedding reception and couldn’t quite figure out how to do it, I’m glad that I said no. I wasn’t even thinking about nana length! Can you imagine those pics?
    Have a great day!! Thanks again.
    Misty

  • How did you know that chocolate dipped bananas are my FAV!

  • These look yummy. I just wish I liked bananas. *sigh* I guess I’ll just have to get over it.

  • I’m not a big fan of bananas on their own, but man, make dessert out of them and I’m all there. Banana cream pie, banana ice cream, banana cupcakes….and chocolate dipped. Sign me up!

  • Chocolate dipped bananas are big at festivals in Japan. You would be hard pressed to go to a festival and not see at least one vendor selling rows of “cha-ko banana” with sprinkles, nuts or white chocolate drizzles.

    Please don’t tell my husband that’s it’s so easy to make it at home or else I’ll never get to go to any festivals.

  • These look awesome and can attract a wide audience!! I wish my kids liked bananas-I would be making these in fifteen minutes since I have a nice bunch in thekitchen and all the “proper Ingredients”–perhaps for my summer gathering–the adults will certainly appreciate these-thanks for yet another great idea!

  • Mmm, sometimes the simplest things can make for the classiest things :)

    I wonder if it would work with a good caramel too *ponders*

  • Such a quick and easy treat. Those would be great for that casual dinner party. Kind of fun and makes you feel like a kid.

  • My girlies (ages 5 and 3) and I made those the other day. They’re soooo good and so easy to make. The girlies like putting pretty sprinkles on theirs instead of chopped nuts.

  • This looks so great! and easy too! :)
    Love your blog, Joy the Baker! :)

  • oh you’re such a good read, Joy!
    not to mention classy!
    haha!

  • that’s super quick, and looks delish! but tell me this, when you double boil and melt chocolate, why do you say the bottom of the choc-holding bowl shouldn’t touch the water? i have always let the choc bowl float in the simmering water while stirring. is that bad?

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