Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas

Big news. BIG NEWS!! Sorry to shout, but I’m way too excited to be bothered by social niceties like moderating my Internet tone of voice. (Tone of type?) Do you know what’s happening one week from today?

I’ll give you a hint: it starts with an “A,” ends with an “rrested Development,” and is only the greatest, funniest, most awesomest show ever to be cruelly yanked from the airwaves before its time.
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Yes, Arrested Development is coming back to television, and I couldn’t be more excited. Imagine me running in circles flapping my arms and making high-pitched yipping noises, and you’re getting close. To celebrate, I’m teaming up with my blogging BFF Danguole at 10th Kitchen to bring you a whole week of Arrested-Development themed food. This is going to be bananas. Pun most definitely intended.

Danguole started our week off right, with an Elderflower Collins recipe. And in honor of our favorite early-morning drinker, Lucille Bluth, it should be served with a side of toast. Because toast=breakfast, duh. Go check out the recipe, and stay for the AD jokes and “Best of Lucille” video clip show.

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I knew right away what I wanted my first contribution to be. Chocolate-dipped frozen bananas are a big part of the Arrested Development world. After sketchy real estate deals,  selling national secrets to Saddam Hussein, and composing folksy jingles for pharmaceutical companies,  frozen bananas are the Bluth’s main business. Their “Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand” is like another character on the show.

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George Michael “Mr. Manager” Bluth and GOB.  Image via Arrested Development wikia

The banana stand has been the scene of more heartbreak, magic tricks illusions, sibling rivalry, and uncomfortable cousin moments than any plywood structure should have to witness. And let’s not forget the #1 rule of the banana stand: don’t burn it down, because there’s always money in the banana stand.

 

But enough TV talk, let’s get to the goods! This was my first time making frozen bananas, and I wanted to do them justice. Turns out, making frozen bananas is super easy! (So easy, even Steve Holt could figure it out.) Because they’re so simple and fast, this is a great recipe to make with kids. With the weather heating up, it’s perfect to have in your arsenal for hot summer days when everyone’s  craving something cold and the popsicle stash is gone.

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I coated my bananas with semi-sweet chocolate and a variety of toppings: salted nuts, sprinkles, toasted coconut, and white chocolate. I think my favorite variation was the salted pistachios, but really, anything that adds a little crunch is perfect. I liked them best when they sat out of the freezer for about 10-15 minutes, so that the bananas softened just a bit and had a creamy, almost ice cream-like consistency, instead of their initial rock-hard texture.

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Stay tuned all week for more Arrested Development menu ideas! Here’s a taste of what you’ve missed, and what’s coming up tomorrow:

Yesterday: Elderflower CollinsTomorrow: Hot Ham Water
(Ham & Spring Vegetable Soup)

 


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Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas
yield: 10 frozen bananas

5 large bananas
10 wooden sticks
24 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
Assorted toppings: sprinkles, nuts, coconut, etc

Peel the bananas and cut them in half so you have 10 banana pieces. Skewer the cut end of each banana with a wooden stick, inserting it in until it’s stable. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper, and place the bananas on the baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.

Place the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it in 30-second increments. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Place your toppings in shallow bowls and have them nearby–the chocolate hardens quickly, so you’ll want them to be easily accessible. When your chocolate is melted and your toppings are ready, remove the bananas from the freezer.

Hold one banana over the bowl of chocolate. Use a large spoon (a small ladle works well for this purpose) and spoon a generous amount of chocolate over the banana, rotating it and spooning on more chocolate until it’s covered. It’s important to work quickly, since the chocolate will start to set soon after it touches the cold banana. Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Quickly move the banana over one of the bowls of toppings, and sprinkle the toppings over the banana, letting the extra drop back into the bowl. Place the banana back on the baking tray, and repeat until all of the bananas are coated with chocolate.

The frozen bananas can now be served. If you won’t be eating them right away, store them in an airtight container or zip-top plastic bag in the freezer. If you are serving them straight from the freezer, allow them to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before serving, for the best taste and texture.

 

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31 Responses to Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas
  1. Danguole says:

    I think I would love the pistachio one the best, too! Common interests: Arrested Development, underrated nuts, Instagram. I don’t know what else we need.

    Also, a thought I had while writing tomorrow’s post: how much mileage do you think we can get out of a whole new season’s worth of jokes? I mean, here we are, still going strong, off of only three seasons. That show was/is SO GOOD.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I KNOW. We’ve debated most quotable movie, but it’s gotta be the most quotable tv show, right?

      “Chickens don’t clap. Chickens don’t clap!!”

  2. Gina says:

    haha I love this. I totally did an Arrested Development party back in the fall. With cornballs and such lol

    • Elizabeth says:

      That is awesome! I wish I had planned enough in advance to do an actual costume party. Did anyone come in blue paint?

  3. [...] may be in a sweets coma, after all–did you see these insane frozen bananas that Elizabeth at SugarHero made for you/us?    They put the Bluths’ bananas to shame, but we all know the Bluths are only in it for [...]

  4. Rayna says:

    I love frozen bananas! Such a quick and healthy summer dessert.

  5. These are so fun!! and even more fun because they are healthy :)

  6. These look amazing, I really love your photos! I’m a bit late to the party, but I’ve never seen Arrested Development, I think I really need to watch it!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Rosie, yes! Do it! People sometimes compare it to The Office but it’s so much quirkier and (in my opinion) funnier. If you’re a comedy fan I think you’ll love it.

  7. I don’t know much about Arrested Development, but I know I like Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas. Love the one with sprinkles!

  8. Arrested Development is another one of those shows I didn’t watch and kick myself for not watching. I must get it online!!! And these bananas. They’re perfect!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Oh my goodness, yes, DO IT! If you have Netflix they’re all on there, and the new episodes will be on there starting Sunday. Fair warning: you will find yourself quoting it like a major geek, all the time. (It’s cool, though, we can be geeks together.)

  9. A blog post dedicated to Arrested Development and a frozen banana stand?! How awesome are you! I just learned today that AD is coming back and I could barely contain my excitement while reading about it on the train on my way home. (I live in England so news get to us later.)And now this awesomeness. Too much! Thank you for the entertainment and a Steve Holt reference. :-)

    • Elizabeth says:

      STEVEHOLT!

      I hope you have Netflix (and no plans on Sunday…) so you can bask in the AD love along with me!

  10. The pistachio one stood out for me too. This totally sounds like a great treat for the kid who is a banana fiend. Definitely trying them out come summer time!

    Oh, and I never watched Arrested Development =X

    I hear so many good things! But I never watched it. Love that you’re dedicating a week to it though. I tried doing that with Game of Thrones but life got in the way. :(

    • Elizabeth says:

      Okay, I don’t know you but I can tell from the tiny slice of your life you put on the internet that we have similar senses of humor (…obviously…) so I must insist that you watch Arrested Development! Seriously. It’s awesome and more fun than the Polar Express.

  11. Love these photos! Nice job Elizabeth, glad I found you through Drizzle & Dip. Feel free to check out my blog! I’ll bookmark you. :)

    Em

  12. [...] recipes this week.  So far we’ve had an elderflower Collins with a side of toast, frozen bananas because there’s always money in the banana stand, hot ham water (or ham and spring vegetable soup, if you will) and brownie ice cream sandwiches [...]

  13. [...] should also check out Sugar Hero’s take on the frozen banana: if the Bluths sold these, there really would always be money in the banana [...]

  14. [...] Blueberry and Brie Waffles 2.  Hot Ham Water a.k.a. Ham and Spring Vegetable Soup 3.  Bluth’s Original Frozen Bananas 4.  (I’m having a love affair) Brownie and Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwiches 5. [...]

  15. [...] Chocolate Dipped Frozen Bananas. What kid doesn’t love a chocolate dipped frozen banana? This recipe from Sugar Hero lets you make them exactly to your liking. [...]

  16. […] Yesterday I finished coating the frozen bananas that my husband had started, and oh wow, so good and so pretty!  If you want to make some yourself, you can find the recipe here. […]

  17. Danielle says:

    I am making these right now! I cut my bananas in half and put caramel in there before freezing! Then I will add melted dark chocolate and crushed pecans! I’m so excited. I hope it turns out ok, I had to improvise with plastic baby spoons instead of Popsicle sticks.. we’ll see! Thanks for the post!

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  19. Emilia says:

    Don’t you need to treat the bananas before freezing? I mean, soak them in lime juice? Won’t they get dark if you don’t treat them? Looks great, by the way! I love the mixture banana + chocolate. Makes me think chocolate fondue, yum!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Hi Emilia, I never treat them before coating them in chocolate. My thinking is that the chocolate keeps them from being exposed to air, which is what causes the oxidation in the first place. I guess you could soak them in lime if you happen to like the taste, but it’s not necessary if you’re covering the entire thing with chocolate. Enjoy!

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