The easy-peasy version of chocolate covered bananas is simply frozen bananas on a stick dipped in melted chocolate chips, chopped nuts optional. In the show however, the frozen bananas are dipped in hot fudge (the banana stand menu says "fudge" & you can see the fudge in a slow cooker on the counter of the banana stand). Sooooo, the recipe below is for fudge dipped bananas!
Note: Directly below you'll find the official (from the show) banana stand menu. I chose to go for the "Original Frozen Banana" but you can definitely try any of the others! Link pictures in the comments if you do!
|"Bluth's Original Frozen Banana" Banana Stand Menu
The Original Frozen Banana: Frozen banana dipped in hot fudge & covered w/ nuts.
The George Daddy: Frozen fudge dipped banana sandwiched between chocolate grahams.
The G.O.B.: Frozen banana double dipped in fudge w/ double the nuts (on 2 sticks).
The On the Go-Go Banana: Frozen banana in cup of sizzling hot fudge.
The Giddy-Girly Banana: Frozen banana dipped in hot fudge & covered w/ pink heart candy.
The Simple Simon: Single fudge dipped frozen banana.
Double Dipped Frozen: Double fudge dipped frozen banana.
Bluth's "Original Frozen Banana"
1 Bunch of Bananas
Crushed Peanuts (salted or unsalted, your choice)
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Can (12-13 oz.) Evaporated Milk
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla (optional)
Wooden Popsicle Sticks
Parchment Paper or Waxed Paper
If you have THESE paper hot dog trays, all the more authentic! But not necessary.
1. Peel the bananas & cut each one into two pieces. Gripping a banana half in one hand to keep it from breaking, gently slide a wooden popsicle stick into the cut end. Do NOT slide it in so far that it breaks through the top! Continue with each half until all are sticked & then lay them on a parchment lined tray & put them in the freezer for at least 30 mins.
2. Melt the butter & chocolate chips in a pan over medium heat, stirring w/ a whisk. Add the evaporated milk & powdered sugar & bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly. Let boil for about 5 mins or so, whisking & letting it thicken & darken. Remove from heat & stir in the vanilla until completely combined. Let cool for a few minutes.
3. Lay your crushed peanuts on a plate for easy rolling & remove the tray of bananas from the freezer. Having a spoon handy to help with the coating, dip one banana at a time into the fudge. Let the excess chocolate fall back into the pot & give a few seconds for the fudge to cool a bit more on the banana. Lay the fudge banana on the plate of crushed nuts & gently roll it until fully coated. Press nuts on by hand as needed.
4. Return the covered bananas to the parchment lined tray & freeze again OR eat right away! (Do NOT leave the bananas out for long if you're not eating them because they will get soft & mushy & gross!) Extra fudge does not need to be refrigerated if you're going to eat it within a week or so, but it can be put it the freezer if you'll not touch it for longer. Simply put it in a plastic container.