Frozen Chocolate Banana Pops
One day last week I was thinking about a treat my Dad used to make for my sister and I when we were kids. Frozen chocolate covered bananas. I don't know why it came to mind, but I decided to try making them. I seems like a fairly simple thing to make, but I wasn't exactly sure if I should freeze the bananas first or not. So I did a search on google and found this recipe. I did'nt follow it exactly but it used it as a starting point.
- 6 ripe bananas
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- My addition: Toppings (shredded coconut and/or sliced toasted almonds )
Peel bananas; cut in half crosswise. Insert a wooden stick into flat end of each banana half. (I used skewers that I cut in half.) Lay bananas on a shallow pan or baking sheet; freeze for about 3 hours, until very firm. Melt chocolate chips over hot water. With a spatula, quickly spread melted chocolate over each banana, coating well. Chocolate will become firm right away. Quickly dip the banana into the topping of your choice. Wrap each banana in foil; store in freezer.In trying to save time and clean-up, I decided to melt my chocolate chips in a shallow wide bowl in the microwave. Big mistake! The chips melted fine but I started to wonder if the chocolate would seize up if I were to dip the frozen bananas directly in. So I got a spatula and tried my best to cover the bananas with the chocolate that way. What a pain. And a mess. The chocolate froze almost instantly and I hardly had time to dip them into my toppings. I got the two in the photo to look good, the rest are a mess, but completely eatible.
Lesson learned: Sometimes following a recipe will ultimately saves you time and aggrevation.
Have you ever screwed up something you were making by not following the recipe?