Imagine food holidays that allow you to chocolate coat anything you want. Today, the sixteenth of December is Chocolate Covered Anything Day! This is really cool for all those chocolate lovers out there. Today you don’t have to come up with an excuse to need and want that chocolate taste. It is on the calendar of food holidays that today chocolate is more okay than usual.
There are many fruits and nuts available today that are covered in chocolate. Margarete’s Fine Chocolates is located on 1725 N. Gloster in Tupelo, Mississippi. You can inquire about their hours of operation by calling 1-888-443-8745. Although this is a bit of a ride for Winona residents it is one of few specialty stores that provide homemade chocolates and chocolate covered fruits. They even have their own sugar-free chocolates to choose from. Gift baskets are always available as is their gourmet chocolates.
We are not going to travel today. Everything needed is already in the kitchen. With chocolate in one hand and bananas in the other we are ready to make chocolate covered bananas for Chocolate Covered Anything Day in just a few moments, so don’t go away, or you’ll miss how to make them.
- 6 bananas or 12 mini bananas
- 1 cup of melted chocolate chips
- Popsicle sticks
- Wax paper
- Spread out a sheet of wax paper on a cookie tray.
- Peel the skin from the bananas.
- Insert a Popsicle stick into one end of the banana about 2 to 2 ½ inches.
- Place bananas on the wax paper.
- In a small saucepan or double boiler melt the chocolate chips.
- Once the chocolate is melted, pour the liquid chocolate into a tall glass three quarters of the way up.
- Take one banana by the stick and dip it into the glass filled with chocolate.
- Once the banana is dipped return it to the wax paper tray.
- Finish dipping all the bananas .
- Once they are completely covered or halfway covered in chocolate it is time to decorate.
- Sprinkle your choice of topping onto the still wet chocolate.
- When this is done take the tray of bananas and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours.
- Remove from freezer and they are ready to serve.
Topping suggestions :
- Chopped nuts (any variety)
- Shredded coconut
- Chocolate candies such as M&M’s, nonpareils or mini chocolate chips
- Crushed graham crackers
- Crushed Triscuit crackers
- Finely chopped cherries
- For all left over chocolate covered bananas place them in an air-tight container and refreeze. They will keep for a week, that is if they last that long. Chocolate lovers usually don’t hang onto their treats for that length of time.
- Nice treat for children. They can help dip and decorate the bananas. Just keep an eye on them when they move the bananas to the wax paper – they do drip. One suggestion for a dults assisting their children is to be the one holding the glass of chocolate. What a mess this makes when your little one knocks it over. Plus the chocolate is still quite warm/hot and you don’t want anyone to get burned.
- The chocolate used can be any color or flavor. White, milk or dark chocolate chips can be used. Or even chunks of chocolate bark.
- For those who are not into chocolate. Can’t imagine this, can you? But, if you aren’t then use butterscotch chips instead. There are peanut butter chips on the market now and if you look in the right specialty stores your sure to find additional flavored chips to choose.