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In the Kitchen
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By Katie Goodman
School is out in most places and warmer weather has arrived. The sounds of the street are filled with children’s laughter and the catchy jingle of the ice cream man. Stop there parents — you won’t need to shell out for overpriced and unhealthy treats anymore. Instead, try this cheaper make-at-home cold summer treat, a great way to get healthy fruit into our kids with a little something special.
This is a fun project for kids to help with. They will enjoy coming up with interesting ways of decorating their own “popsicle.” Who doesn’t love an ice cold treat when it’s hot outside?

Ingredients and Materials:

3 bananas not overly ripe
5oz semi-sweet chocolate
5oz white chocolate
3tsp shortening
Rainbow sprinkles
Chocolate sprinkles
6 popsicle sticks
Parchment paper
Measuring spoons
2 small bowls
2 spoons
Cutting board
Recipe makes 6 chocolate banana pops.

Directions:

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Step 1: Peel the bananas and cut each in half. Push a popsicle stick part way through the cut end of the banana so it looks like a popsicle. Set the popsicles on a cutting board or plastic plate, and place them in the freezer while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Having the bananas cold will help the chocolate harden faster.
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Step 2: Lay a sheet of parchment paper on the counter. Set out sprinkles. Put semi-sweet chocolate and 1½tsp of shortening in a bowl. Microwave the chocolate at 100% power for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat. Repeat a third time, if necessary, until the chocolate is completely melted. Repeat the process with the white chocolate.
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Step 3: Take 1 banana out of the freezer at a time. Place it on the parchment paper and pour your chocolate of choice over the top. Turn the banana to coat all sides.
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Step 4: Decorate the banana with the desired sprinkles. Hold it for about a minute so the chocolate can set, then replace it in the freezer.
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Step 5: Scrape extra chocolate off of the parchment paper and add it back to the respective bowl. Re-melt it in a microwave for 30 seconds if the chocolate becomes too thick to pour. Repeat the coating and decorating process with the remaining bananas.
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After all the bananas have been covered in chocolate and decorated, keep them in the freezer for 45–60 minutes. Enjoy!
About the Author:
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Katie Goodman resides in New Mexico with her husband and two children (a 4-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl). Learning in the kitchen, eating, trying new recipes, and sharing them with friends and loved ones are some of Katie’s favorite things to do. She wholeheartedly believes that part of the goodness in life is enjoying good food with good friends and family, and goodLife {eats} is a place for her to share what she finds good in the kitchen.


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  1. Sara L. says:

    Wow, I had totally forgotten about these. I loved them when I was a kid. Thanks for the memories, and the great idea!

  2. Charles Starrett says:

    Yet another great idea for those of us with kids at home this summer! I only wish Craft had a more consistent tagging scheme. Some of the Craft Summer Camp posts are tagged with “Craft_Summer_Camp” and some aren’t. Some kids-oriented posts are tagged “kids” and some “just_for_kids.” I wanted to tweet about the great kids things here, but not having a consistent link to give makes it less helpful for followers. Still, thanks for the great articles! I’m grateful to know how to find them myself.

  3. Carissa says:

    WOW Katie.. I’m in heaven.. I’m soooo ready to try this.. did you see the yogurt covered/cereal ones I tweeted out! How about yougurt/chocolate/cereal?? HMMMM?

  4. salman says:

    i’m gonna make this for myself and my family…nice!!

  5. Kathlene says:

    I was linked to this page from the Free People blog a couple of days ago, and I knew right away that I was going to make these. I haven’t tried them yet-they are chilling in the freezer-but the process of making them was so fun. Thanks for this simple but great idea!

  6. swild says:

    Heya! I don’t usually checkout Craft: but I was in luck! Made about 36 of these for a beach party- they worked great! Organic bananas and Ghiradeli chocolate were both cheaper than their counterparts, a gourmet desert for a great group of people! Thanks!

  7. Maxwell Moonshine says:

    Next time my girl and I are bored I’m going to make her make these with me. They look amazing.

  8. Chaquita says:

    Stop abusing my brothers and sisters. You know what it feels like to have a stick stuck in you and then get put in a freezer? Try it sometime.

      1. malea says:

        she means she is one of the bananas

  9. King Kong says:

    Thanks for the recipe! Ooo Ooo Aah Aah! I will cook it with all my brothers and sisters!
    And Chaquita, just so you know, you are absolutely delicious! I have to pound my chest and eat you!
    Yay!

  10. Brian says:

    Great recipe, I’ll try it with just the chocolate though. I could do without adding in more trans fats with the shortening though :)

  11. Craig says:

    …and I love them. Great recipe – but I would point out one thing. It’s much easier to stick the banana with the peel still on the banana. Otherwise, the recipe is spot on what I’ve done for years.

  12. Peggy says:

    Definitely gave me some ideas for our leftover bananas… we can never eat the whole bunch, but turning them into these might change that!!!

  13. Jessi says:

    Brian – I’m with you on leaving out the trans-fat. I’m pretty sure the purpose of the shortening is to thin out the chocolate. Maybe try a little unsalted butter as a substitute.

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    Thank you so much for this AMAZING recipe! I am featuring it tomorrow at Happy Home Fairy’s Popsicle Party!! I know everyone’s going to go bananas for them!!!

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    Me and my sisters did this and they tasted delicious! We also did yogurt cover ones, and they were also delicous!

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