Circus Freaks

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A crazy combination of banana, peanut butter, bacon, and chocolate...yeah, hence the name. I was inspired to create this concoction by a burger known as the Elvis which came topped with bacon and peanut butter. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
30
Yield:
30 treats

Ingredients

  • 10 slices bacon

  • 8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, or more if needed, chopped

  • 2 bananas, peeled

  • 5 tablespoons smooth peanut butter, divided

Directions

  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Cut each slice into 1-inch pieces while still warm, and set aside.

  2. Melt 2/3 of the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring to melt the chocolate. (Do not let water or steam drip into the chocolate or it will seize up.) Bring the chocolate up to no more than 110 degrees F (43 degrees C), measuring with a thermometer. Stir in the reserved chopped chocolate, remove from the heat, and stir off the heat until the temperature of the chocolate comes down to 88 to 90 degrees and most of the chocolate pieces have melted. Remove any unmelted pieces, and hold the chocolate over warm water at this temperature for dipping.

  3. Slice the bananas into 1-inch pieces, and cut each piece down the center to make half moons. Spread the bottom of each half moon with about 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter. Stick the banana piece, peanut butter side down, onto a square of bacon, and skewer the banana and bacon together with a toothpick.

  4. Dip the banana and bacon treats into the melted chocolate until completely covered; place dipped treats onto waxed or parchment paper until cool and set. Refrigerate leftovers.

Cook's Note

The combination of sweet and salty is really good, and you are sure to surprise your friends when you hand these out at your next event. And hey, get creative, try using jam instead of peanut butter, or white chocolate, or dust with coffee bean grounds after dipping...after all, these are Circus Freaks!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

73 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 68mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 59mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.