Saturday, July 14, 2012

Frozen Fruit on a Stick

Frozen Banana on a Stick

Wants an easy and delightful frozen dessert for the warm days of summer?

When I lived in California, one of the pleasures was vendors selling frozen bananas on a stick.  Rather than ice cream on a warm day, you could have a sweet and healthy frozen banana dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts.   If we went to the Zoo or Disneyland, I always had one. 

You cut the banana in half and put in on a stick.  Melt your favorite chocolate chips (you can also use white chocolate if you like or even a mix).  I usually melt my chips in the microwave or over a double broiler.  If you are doing it in the microwave do 30 seconds, stir and then another 30 seconds.  Dip the banana in the chocolate and roll it in your favorite nuts.  I love pecans.  Lay on a piece of parchment paper or a silpat and put them in the freeze until they are frozen.  Wrap them with plastic wrap and keep in the freezer until ready to serve or let the kids reach in and help themselves at snack time.  Make sure you have nice ripe, sweet bananas.

You can do this with more than bananas.  Try kiwi, pineapple or strawberries or put 2 or more on a stick and dip or drizzle in chocolate.  

You decide what size you want.  In California you got a whole banana.  You can make small lollypop size or like a kabob. 

After dipping in chocolate, you can also roll the fruit in sprinkles, mini chocolate chips for a double whammy, your favorite cereal, or coconut.  Let your imagination go wild.  Let the kids get in the act and make their own frozen dessert on a stick.  Set up stations with several different coatings and let the kids play with their food.   It is a great family thing to do on a hot summer day.

You do not need to dip the fruit; you can drizzle the chocolate or mix the chocolates.  Make a beautiful long kabob on a long skewer.  Freeze your fruit first in this case.  Put your melted chocolate in a small baggy and cut the tip of it and drizzle back and forth over the frozen fruit using both chocolate and white chocolate.  When hardened, turn over and do the other side.  

If the fruit is frozen, you can also buy the chocolate shell in a jar that is in your ice cream department.  This is a nice alternative because  you will get a thinner shell.  Which ever you prefer or is easiest.

If it is on a stick, it makes it more fun and easier to eat.  Great for kids or even a grown up party treat.  
Hope this give you some ideas of a fun snack or dessert for the kids or for yourself this weekend. 

Tomorrow is National Tapioca Day so I'll be sharing tapioca recipes with you.

Be happy and may God bless you and yours.

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