How to Make Chocolate Banana Pops
Make chocolate banana pops the kids will love!
We made some of these with our five-year old granddaughter, Anna. She was so excited. They’re easy, fun, and really good. They’re frozen bananas on a stick, dipped in chocolate, and rolled in sprinkles.
- So fun to make! Turn these chocolate banana pops into a project for the kids. They’re so fun and easy to make. The whole family is sure to love them.
- Great taste! Who doesn’t like chocolate and bananas? It’s a classic combination, and the crunch of the hardened chocolate over the banana makes it absolutely perfect.
- So quick! All it takes is freezing the bananas a few hours ahead of time, melting the chocolate, and sprinkling extra goodies over the dipped bananas. You’ll be done in no time.
- Healthy too! (But don’t tell the kids.) No one ever said tasty treats and popsicles couldn’t be healthy, and you don’t need to worry about and added preservatives.
What You’ll Need for the Banana Pops
Chocolate and Sprinkles
You can use white chocolate or dark. For sprinkles, you can use jimmies or decorating sugar. You can color your decorating sugar by mixing it with a couple drops of food coloring. The ones in the picture are rolled in jimmies and some in decorating sugar.
Choose good melting chocolate. Chocolate wafers are much better than chocolate chips. Wafers have a finer grind and are smoother. Wafers are made for candy makers and they’re just better than chips.
A Double Boiler or a Microwave
You can melt the chocolate in the microwave or use a double boiler. It’s easier with a double boiler—it will evenly melt the chocolate in the top pot from the steam in the bottom pot. If you use a microwave, be careful not to cook the chocolate.
The bananas are the most important part of the chocolate banana pops. Peel them beforehand and put them in the freezer a couple of hours ahead. You can also freeze, coat, and decorate strawberries.
Your fun with bananas doesn’t have to end here. All you need to do is tell us where to send more yummy ways to use your bananas, and you’ll get a free mix too!
Keep reading below for the recipe.
Chocolate Banana Pops
Chocolate Banana Pops
- Melting chocolate
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Peel and cut bananas into thirds or halves. Insert popsicle sticks (you can buy them on our site) into the banana pieces for handles. Freeze them for two hours.
- Prepare a place to stand your frozen banana pops. We took a used folding carton and cut half-inch knife slits in which to poke the pop cycle sticks and hold the treats upright.
- Melt good quality chocolate.
- Either dip the banana pieces in the chocolate or spoon the chocolate over the banana pieces while holding onto the handle. Be sure and cover the entire banana piece, even down by the handle. Because the chocolate is going on cold bananas, the coating sets up in a hurry and tends to be thick. (No one should complain about that.) You can make the coating even thicker by spooning extra chocolate onto the banana piece or redipping. If you are using the microwave, you may need to rewarm the chocolate several times.
- Sprinkle candy or sugar decorations over the warm chocolate. For adults, sprinkle the bananas with chopped nuts. Coat and add sprinkles to the bananas one at a time. Once the chocolate is on the bananas, you will need to work quickly; the chocolate sets up rapidly on frozen bananas. As you complete the bananas, set them upright in your cardboard stand.
- Let the kids eat the chocolate covered bananas immediately or return them to the freezer. Serve them frozen. Because the chocolate sets up right away on the frozen bananas, the kids can eat them right away—perfect for short attention spans.
(Updated from May 13, 2014)