Monday, April 1, 2013

Chocolate-Covered Goodness

Prepare to hear life-changing news.


No, really.  I need you to brace yourselves for this one.  At least hold on to your hat.

I made magic shell.  You know, like the syrup you pour on your ice cream and it hardens into a delightful chocolate coating?  Made it.

I should back up.

Sometimes when I find myself walking slowly down the dairy aisle at my Publix, it's really because I'm casting sidelong glances into the ice cream freezers to my left.  I will eat some ice cream.  If it enters this house it will be eaten.  And in a hurry.  Soooo...sometimes I like to trick myself into thinking I'm consuming ice cream while still staying a tiny bit healthy by buying those chocolate covered frozen bananas.  I'm not exactly sure what the brand is...but they're delicious.  And they're ridiculously expensive!  You get like, six banana halves for something like six bucks.  Crazytown.  So, while perusing Pinterest the other day, I saw this post about making chocolate-covered kiwi popsicles.  I thought, noooo...can't be that easy.  Then I tried it.  And my life was transformed.

And it's so easy.  So easy.

Take your bananas (preferably nice and ripe),

 and cut them in half.  Or I suppose you could do bite-sized chunks if you'd rather.

 Then stick a popsicle stick into each of them, and freeze them.  I ended up freezing them for a couple hours.
Take whatever kind of chocolate you have, and use a two to one ratio with coconut oil.  I used two cups of Ghirardelli chocolate chips (one semi-sweet and one milk) and one cup of coconut oil.  I ended up with TONS of the stuff...which is not a problem.  It keeps great!  You can just re-heat it and re-dip.

 Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips are seriously unbelievable.  I could eat have eaten an entire bag before.  I mean look at them!


 If you have a double boiler, throw the chocolate chips and coconut oil (again 2:1) in there, and set it over a pan of simmering water.  If you don't have a double boiler, use a glass bowl, or (and don't quote me on this) I think you might be able to just nuke it in small increments.

Whatever your method, melt the chips and oil until everything is nice and smooth.

 Now, for bananas, I thought it might be easier to pour the chocolate into a tall thin cup for dipping.  I was right.  But lets not get ahead of ourselves, this stuff has to cool to room temperature.  And it takes quite a while.  I did all the steps right in a row, and it actually turned out the time my bananas were good and frozen, the chocolate was perfect.  Don't worry about it hardening, the oil will keep it liquid for quite a while.

 Finally, time for the good part.  This next shot is actually a result of a little trial and error.  This was when the banana had only frozen for about an hour and the chocolate was a little warm still.

 Kinda lacking.  And you'll notice by the chocolate smear that the chocolate didn't freeze immediately upon dipping.  Back into the freezer with you!

 Okay.  Another long hour passed, and I tried again.  This time?  Perfect.  Upon dipping, the chocolate freezes like pure magic.  It really is incredible.

 Eat these immediately, or throw them back in the freezer to enjoy later.  You'll be glad you did!

I'm sure you could think of any number of delicacies that should immediately be frozen and coated in a decadent, crunchy, chocolatey shell.  Let me know what you come up with!


  1. Thanks, Anna! :) I have seen this on Pinterest and never tried it, but now that you've given all your tips... I must try it! :) Hugs! ~Kristin

  2. You simply must, Kristin! I couldn't believe how easy and fantastic they were :)

  3. I can testify to the tastiness of your chocolate bananas!
    (PS - I clicked the picture of the chocolate chips to zoom in on them and JP said, "Those don't look appetizing to me at all. I can't imagine seeing those and thinking 'Oh yeah, I want a big handful of those...'" I however think they're yumminess was only magnified by the ridiculously adorable measuring cup they were sitting in.

    1. Next time, I'll post a super close-up picture of a bowl of wheat bran for JP. Silly man...