Getting excited for Halloween? I know I am! I’m actually most excited for our trip the last week of October to visit my brother in Austin, TX. The city is already lively enough, so I can’t imagine what Halloween will be like! I look forward to seeing my brother who is there for PT school and of course all of the amazingly delicious restaurants they have there!!
Today I’m sharing a fun Halloween treat for the little ones. Well adults can have them too, if decorating bananas is your thing. JK. But seriously I’m sure you won’t be able to resist these yummy and festive Boo-nana Pops if you make them with your kiddos!
A few weeks ago I took Noelle to an early Halloween party with some of her friends at a park. I signed up to bring a treat so I was trying to think of something a little healthier and easy enough for babies under 2 to eat. I’ve seen these cute banana ghosts floating around Pinterest so I thought I’d give them a try!
To make these you simply cut bananas in half or quarters, stick a popsicle stick or paper straw in them and then dip them in vanilla candy melts (or white chocolate). Next add some chocolate chips or silly candy eyes for the eyes and mouth. They could be eaten right away or frozen. If you make a bunch of them, store them in the freezer for a quick healthier frozen snack to enjoy throughout the week.
These can be such a fun and cute snack/dessert to have the kids make. Of course Noelle was too little to make them this year, but she did enjoy munching on them. I think her little friends at the party enjoyed them too.
I tried making them a few different ways to see what worked easier. Here’s what I found:
*If you want to cut 1 banana in quarters (as opposed to a whole one in half), first in half horizontally then half lengthwise, it is a little trickier to get the stick in without it cutting through the banana. So if you do this, just be careful! Or maybe a popsicle stick would be a little easier (I used the straws). Otherwise I would just cut bananas in half once.
* The candy melts go on better if you don’t completely freeze the banana halves first. I thought a frozen banana would be easier to dip, but it made the candy dry really fast (almost before you can get the eyes and mouth on) and sometimes it froze and slid off :-/ That would be tricky for kids since they would have to work really fast, and we all know that’s not going to happen! Sooo… I would either just leave them fresh when you dip or only let them stay in the freezer for just a few minutes before dipping.
* I first used white chocolate chips melted in the microwave for the banana coating, but it started to thicken quickly in the bowl. So, I would recommend using the white candy melts which seemed to stay smoother and liquid longer! If you would rather use white chocolate, I’d add some shortening to the chips then make sure you’re melting them over a lower heat so it doesn’t burn or get too clumpy/hard.
- 4 bananas
- 8 popsicles sticks or paper straws
- Either a bag of white vanilla candy melts or white chocolate
- Shortening, optional (you may want to mix some with the dry white chocolate before melting to help make it smoother when melted)
- Candy eyes (found in the baking area of most stores)
- Mini chocolate chips, for the mouth or eyes if you don't use the candy eyes
- Baking sheet covered with parchment paper
- Peel bananas and cut in half horizontally.
- Carefully slide the stick into the center of the banana and lay them on the baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
- Either put them in the freezer just for a few minutes while melting your candy or keep them fresh (see notes below).
- Put your candy melts in a bowl or mug and melt in the microwave as directions on the bag suggests. I'd maybe do it 20 seconds at a time and stir. If you're using white chocolate, I've heard that adding a little shortening before heating (over a low heat) will help it from clumping and getting too thick, making it easier to dip.
- Carefully dip the banana into the mug or use a spoon to pour over bananas and smooth out.
- Add the eyes and mouth right away after dipping each banana.
- Place them on the baking sheet and put in the freezer or enjoy fresh!
- The candy/chocolate stick better to fresh or slightly frozen bananas. If you completely freeze it before dipping I found sometimes the dip would freeze really fast or harden and slip off.
- White candy melts seemed to work easier as a dip because they were smoother and stayed liquid longer. The white chocolate needs a little help by heating over a lower temp or adding some shortening first to avoid burning and getting clump.