Fun Chocolate-dipped Bananas
Chocolate bananas are one of the yatai's popular items among kids. It's easy to eat while you are walking around and enjoying the festival.
Photographed by Takeshi Noguchi
Calorie count is for a piece.
Excludes time spent drying.
Ingredients (Makes 4)
- 2 bananas
- 1 chocolate pen in each desired color(s)
- 50 g each type of coating chocolate (small pieces of milk and white chocolate)
- Candy-coated chocolates, as desired
Place each chocolate pen into 50-60 °C water to warm and soften. Squeeze the chocolate out in the desired decorative shapes onto a piece of wax paper, then place in refrigerator to chill and harden.
Cut each banana in half and peel. Insert a disposable chopstick into the cut surface of each banana half.
Place each type of coating chocolate into a separate metal bowl. Place each bowl on top of 55-60 °C water and warm, stirring with a rubber spatula as it melts.
Scoop up one type of melted chocolate with a spoon and pour over the entirety of each of the banana halves, then place on wax paper to dry. When fully dried, use a spoon to pour the other type of chocolate onto the top half of each.
Remove the decorative chocolate shapes from the wax paper. Squeeze a small amount of chocolate out of the chocolate pens onto the bananas, and place the decorative chocolate shapes onto them, using the warm chocolate from the chocolate pen as "glue". Keep the chocolate pens in warm water to keep the chocolate melted, and use them to draw faces or other decorations onto the bananas, and as "glue" to stick on the candy-coated chocolates.