Banana Pops

Coat bananas in chocolate and sprinkles and freeze for a fun summer activity – and treat!

Banana Pops Banana Pops

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration 1 hour
Age 5+
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Materials

  • 1 tsp Vegetable, Canola or Olive Oil
  • 3 Bananas
  • 4oz of semi sweet Chocolate or Chocolate Chips
  • Optional Toppings: Sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut etc
  • Popsicle Sticks or Kebab Sticks

Instructions

  • Step 6

  • Step 7

  1. Peel your bananas and cut in half. Stick a popsicle stick (or kebab stick) into the end of each banana
  2. Arrange the bananas on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for about 15 – 20 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a medium heatproof bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  4. Bring about 1” of water to boil in a small pan. Reduce the heat to low. Place the heatproof bowl over the simmering pan, making sure that the base of the bowl does not touch the water. ADULT SUPERVISION IS NECESSARY WHEN BOILING WATER
  5. Stir constantly until the chocolate melts
  6. Dip each banana pop into the melted chocolate ensuring that the entire banana is covered in chocolate
  7. Optionally roll the banana in sprinkles or chopped nuts or any other topping of choice
  8. You can either enjoy your bananas right now, or return to the freezer and once completely frozen, store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks

Tips

  1. If you freeze the bananas completely after coating with chocolate, you may wish to let them soften slightly in the refrigerator (for about 20-30 minutes) as otherwise they may be too hard to eat!</
  2. Adding some olive oil to the chocolate when melting results in a smoother melted chocolate and also stops the chocolate from setting too hard. You can leave it out, but you might find it harder to get an even coating of chocolate on the banana and you will use up a lot more chocolate.
  3. Experiment with how you cut your bananas – coat slices of banana in chocolate for a fun ice cream topping
  4. You can also melt chocolate in the microwave. Place your heatproof bowl and chocolate in the microwave and heat for 10 seconds, remove and stir. Continue to heat in 10 second increments, stirring after each until the chocolate is entirely melted.
  5. A quick internet search will reveal lots of variations to this project. Two of my favorites are: www.joyofbaking.com and www.marthastewart.com

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Useful supplies

Wilton Kids Twisted Sprinkles Set, Bright Colors
Wilton 710-2082 Primary Sprinkle Set, 3.83-Ounce
Norpro Wooden Treat Sticks, 100 Pieces
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