Frozen Dark Chocolate Banana Pops

These candy-related holidays are dangerous. I walk into the drugstore because I need hair gel or a new toothbrush or something else TOTALLY innocent.

And...I walk out with a bag filled with candy.

How does that happen?! No self control. That's how.

I teamed up with FreshDirect (my favorite online grocery store that I've mentioned on this site 8 billion times) for a fun Halloween game on Instagram. A virtual trick or treat where you "knock" on their door and then they send you over to my page (or other bloggers pages) for the treat.

Whether you also totally lack self control or you're just looking for a way to use up the 50 pounds of candy your kid will be bringing home this weekend, these candy-covered frozen dark chocolate bananas are a good way to use the candy.

You get a hint of the awesome, but tempered with banana (aka fruit!) and dark chocolate.

It's how grown-ups do Halloween.

(Though kids are totally into these pops, too.)

To make, you simply cut bananas in half and skewer with a wooden stick (I got these at the craft store).

Melt the chocolate chips with a bit of coconut oil (this keeps it smooth), then dip and coat evenly. Sprinkle the chocolate with your favorite crushed candy.

(My favorite crushed candy is Butterfinger. Yum. But obviously any kind of candy would work.)

I mean...I guess most kinds of candy.

Some might be weird, but I'm trying to think of ones that would be weird and all the combinations in my head just sound awesome. (M&M's! Gummy bears! Malt balls!)

Can you think of a combo that would not work?  (Maybe Junior Mints? Maybe?) get the picture.

And then freeze!

I mean...if you have no patience, you can eat them all gooey and not frozen, too. Also freaking good.

Here is my awesome chef friend Melissa hand modeling a gooey one for me. This cool lady can't even eat peanuts (hence, no Butterfinger), but withstood the torture because she's an amazing lady.

(Plus, I made her dinner afterwards.)

Happy Halloween, my friends!

Some Disclosure Action: Fresh Direct provided me with a gift card for ingredients to create this treat, though I've been using Fresh Direct for years and will continue to do so until my dying day. Because I freaking love them. They have not paid me to say that. Nestle is not at all related to this post (they'd don't even know I'm writing this), but separately sent me some free candy to try and I ended up using it in this recipe. But I'd buy Butterfingers anyway. Because they're delicious.

Frozen Dark Chocolate Banana Pops
Makes 4 pops, multiply as needed

2 large bananas, peeled and cut in half
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon coconut oil or shortening (like Crisco)
1 cup crushed candy of your choice (I used Butterfinger)

Skewer each half of the banana with a wooden stick (like a popsicle). Combine the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until smooth and melted.

Dip the bananas about 3/4 of the way, then sprinkle on all sides with the crushed candy.

Place on a wax paper lined plate, then pop in the freezer for at least two hours or until frozen solid.

Eat immediately or store in the freezer up to 3 days.

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