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The Frozen Elvis

by Nick

I’m assuming that I have at least a few Arrested Development fans reading.

The whole time I was making these guys, I was replaying this scene (Hulu w/ sound) in my mind:

George: You what?
Michael: Burned it right down to the ground.
George: Are you crazy? There was money in that banana stand.
Michael: Well, it’s all gone now dad, and it was my decision. So next time you want to have a little power struggle, remember that you’re playing with fire.
George: There was two hundred and fifty thousand dollars lining the walls of the banana stand.
Michael: What?
George: Cash, Michael.
Michael: Why didn’t you tell me that?
George: How much clearer can I say, there’s always MONEY IN THE BANANA STAND!

Seriously though, after having one of these for dessert one night, I can see how there is definitely money in a frozen banana stand. These were completely delicious.

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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, cut in half
  • 2 strips bacon, crispy
  • 1/3 Cup peanuts, chopped
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 Cup milk, cream, or half and half
  • 4 Popsicle sticks

Directions

1) Peel and cut bananas in half and insert popsicle sticks.

2) Lay bananas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for an hour.

3) Cook bacon until crispy and drain.  Chop with peanuts.  Set aside.

4) Melt chocolate and cream together in a double boiler or in the microwave if you're careful.

5) Make a bed of toppings on the baking sheet where you'll place the bananas.

6) Dip frozen bananas in chocolate and lay on topping bed.

7) Sprinkle with more toppings and freeze for another 30 minutes.

8) Serve whenever the mood strikes you!

The Elvis, Frozen

There’s a pretty classic sandwich that I guess Elvis always ate which was banana, peanut butter, and bacon on toast. This genius take on it is from Matt Armendariz’s new book, On a Stick! I met Matt at SXSW this year. We were on a panel together.

He’s written a totally fun appetizer book. There’s around 80 awesome recipes in it, all of them involving things on sticks!

This frozen version of the classic sandwich makes it much easier to, well, put on a stick.

Start by cutting all your bananas in half and sticking a few popsicle sticks in them. Lay them on a baking sheet with parchment paper and let them freeze for about an hour.

banana

Always money in bananas!

The Toppings

Incorporating the peanuts and bacon as a topping is pretty genius.

The key is to make sure your bacon is cooked very crispy. I do this by cooking it on a medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes. This way the bacon won’t burn, but the fat will slowly melt out leaving the bacon very crispy.

bacon

Can’t go wrong with bacon!

Let the bacon drain for a few minutes with some paper towels to absorb the oil and then chop it up roughly with some peanuts.

As an aside, this would be an amazing topping for an ice cream sundae.

topping

Awesome topping alert!

The Chocolate

So obviously bacon and peanuts won’t just magically stick to a frozen banana, so we’ll need some help.

Nothing like chocolate to do the trick. Just add your chocolate and cream (or milk) to a mixing bowl over some boiling water. Stir it until it’s melted.

You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave if you’re careful. Just be sure to not over-zap it or you’ll scorch it.

chocolate melted

Yum.

Making the Desserts

It should be pretty obvious what you do at this point. Just take your frozen bananas out of the freezer (they might not be entirely frozen which is fine) and give them a dip in the chocolate. Use a spoon to make sure they are covered completely.

dip

This is easy people.

THE TRICK that I learned only after failing at one is that you need to lay down a bed of toppings to set the choco-banana on after it comes out of the bowl.

If you lay the banana right back on your cold baking sheet, the chocolate will freeze to the baking sheet and when you pull it off later you’ll leave a layer of chocolate on the sheet and only have a half-coated banana. NO GOOD.

But if you do a bed of toppings, like this, then you can set the banana on that and it’ll stay slightly raised off the sheet.

topping bed

Important step!

Don’t forget to sprinkle toppings all around the bananas so they are evenly coated.

Freeze these a second time for at least 30 minutes and then you can chomp into them!

Not only are these super-fun to make and eat, they also happen to be very good.

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CHOMP.

You know what’s shocking about these is that they aren’t actually that bad for you. Half a banana, a relatively small amount of chocolate, plus a tiny amount of bacon and peanuts?

I’d guess this is better for you than an ice cream sundae and I found it to be just as satisfying. The banana kind of melts as you eat it and is nice and creamy.

And the salty sweet thing is right up my alley.

How good do these look? Leave a comment if you’re an Elvis fan (sandwich or singer).

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12 comments on “The Frozen Elvis

  1. The have this Renaissance Faire here every year where I live and aside from the full legs of meat everyone flocks to, I always hit up the frozen banana stand because they seriously are AHMAYZING.
    And is anything funnier than the AD when they all do their chicken impression? The. Best.
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    1. Ha! yes. I was a late Arrested Dev adopter, but when I found out how hilarious it was, I watched almost every episode in a single weekend….

  2. I like these Nick – but I just think that perhaps to make it a fitting tribute to Elvis, shouldn't there be some peanut butter in there somewhere? Also, maybe if the peanuts were raw, you could dry fry them in a touch of the bacon fat – that would be total money. I would eat yours anyhow, but that would kick ass!
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  3. Love this! It occurs to me that you could do a fun tropical version of this…how about dipping the bananas in white chocolate, and then rolling in chopped macadamia nuts and some toasted coconut?

  4. These remind me of chocobananas (frozen bananas on a stick dipped in chocolate) we ate to survive the heat while I was in El Salvador. These are intriguing in the Elvis styled excess.

  5. First off, Nick – I feel like I know you and Betsy and your entire kitchen. I love how descriptive you are on everything and all the pictures you post. It’s so helpful when following your recipes (and funny too!)… I have been to several websites these last few months (because I really only recently got into the whole cooking thing) and yours is the one that has inspired me more than any other. I have never been so excited about going home after a long day at work and cooking something (and something great from your website!). It is the best feeling when my boyfriend tells me how incredible something is that I created in our little kitchen. And I have been making extra lately so I have some to bring to my parents so I can get extra ohhh’s and ahhh’s from them. It’s addicting! Anyways, why did I pick this particular post to finally write something to you? I just had to say that I am a huge fan of Arrested Development (and HULU!) and I literally just watched that particular episode this morning while I was getting ready for work lol…so funny!

  6. I will be making frozen bananas on a stick for the Renaissance Fair we have at the school I work at. My question is how far ahead can you make them, I am just doing choc. covered with nuts/ or not. How long can you keep them frozen ….as I am making 100 of them, don’t want to do it all in one evening….anyone have an idea.
    Thank you

    1. Once they are frozen, they store perfectly cathy. I think I made 12 of them when I made them for this post and ate the last one many weeks after making them. It was just as good as the first one.

      Good luck!

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