Saturday, October 20, 2012

ChocolateBet: October 20, 2012

Chocolate of the Day: 

Concord Foods
Banana Pops!
Good - Good +
Weight: 1 oz. (28.2 g.) / 4 oz. (113 g.) total box
Calories: 180 calories for 2 pieces/1 banana
Cost: $1.25 total box/kit
Purchased from: Raley's, in Newark, CA

Today was Day #7 of Chocolate and Banana Theme Week. Not coincidentally, my Bananagrams (crossword-style word) game letter tiles suggested another chocolate + banana combination.

And today's chocolate choice was: a Freeze 'n Dip chocolate flavored coating kit from Concord Foods (Brockton, MA).

The Banana Pops! kit provided something between a ready-to-eat chocolate items and a make-it-from-scratch effort. I provided the fresh banana, that I peeled and cut in half first. I then impaled each banana half on a popsicle stick (included in the box).

After freezing the bananas on sticks for an hour, I took them out and dipped them slowly in the chocolate coating that I'd put in a glass.

The chocolate coating -- made with coconut and soybean oil, sugar, cocoa, and a dash of vanilla -- was slowly transformed from a thick chocolatey sauce dunk to a velvety solid coat, as the frosty fruit cooled it down.

The resulting banana and chocolate treats were quite tasty. The Banana Pops! kit made 8 pops total from 4 bananas.

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