Banana Split Edible Art on a Stick

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Food shouldn't suck, even if it's on a stick.

This dessert on a stick might have a lot of steps, but it elevates the humble banana split into art, which is where it really belongs.
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Step 1: Scoop the ice cream balls

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Scoop out little balls of ice cream.  I used vanilla bean, but you can use whatever flavor you want.  Use a high quality ice cream without too much air volume.

Stick the ice cream balls back in the freezer.

Step 2: Make the whipped cream rosettes

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Squirt some whipped cream onto parchment.  You can whip the cream yourself, add some sugar, and place it in a piping bag with a star tip, or you can use a canister like I did.

Place the rosettes in the freezer.

Step 3: Make the shell coating

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Chop up some chocolate.  Melt it with some virgin coconut oil.

I used intense dark chocolate with cacao nibs.  I didn't measure.

I stirred it every 15 seconds it was in the microwave.

Step 4: Make the caramel balls

Put equal parts honey and cream in a sauce pan.  I wasn't making very many, so I used 1/4 cup of each.

Stir the honey and cream over medium heat.  Add some salt.  Salt is good in caramel.

As the caramel thickens, drip a bit on a cold plate (or in some ice water) to check the consistency.  You'll want this slightly softer than regular caramels since it'll be frozen and you don't want anyone to break a tooth.

When it's as thick as you like it, pour it in a container to cool.

When it's cool, scoop out a little caramel and roll it into a ball.  Make a ball of caramel for each skewer.

Step 5: Make fudge balls

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Okay, they're not really fudge.  They're ganache.  Most people won't know the difference.

Ganache works well for these because it won't get too hard when it's frozen.

Put some chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.  I used chocolate chips.  Add some cream... a little less cream than chocolate chips.  Microwave until the chocolate chips melt.  The cream can boil over, so watch for that.

Stir cream and chocolate with a fork until it becomes smooth.

Let it cool in the fridge, then scoop out bits of ganache.  They'll be soft, so stick them in the freezer for a couple minutes until you can roll them into little balls.  Put them back in the freezer.

Step 6: Make sugar drizzles

Add a little granulated sugar to a pan.  Add a tiny amount of corn syrup (it keeps the sugar from crystallizing).  Add enough water to dissolve the sugar.

Stir and heat over medium.  When the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is boiling, stop stirring.  You can swirl the pan every once in awhile to make sure it's still mixed.

After the sugar turns from clear to golden, remove the pan from the heat.

Take a spoon and drizzle hot sugar in circles on parchment paper.  Be careful; molten sugar is HOT and sticky.  Don't get any on you.

Step 7: Make chocolate drizzles

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I don't bother tempering chocolate.  I added a little bit of vegetable oil to some chocolate chips.

Melt in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds.

Scoop the chocolate into a ziplock bag.  Snip the tip of the bag.

Drizzle chocolate in a circular pattern on parchment.

Place the parchment on a pan in the freezer.  These will be soft at room temperature because of the oil.  Do not use butter instead of oil; butter has some water in it and will cause the chocolate to seize.

Step 8: Torch bananas

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Cut a banana into short pieces.  cut the short pieces in half through the banana.

Leave the peel on and press sugar into the cut half.

Using a torch, caramelize the sugar until it melts and turns golden.  It'll harden as it cools.  Remove the peels.

Step 9: Assemble the edible art!

You can use any order you like, or more than one of each item on each skewer; this is just how I assembled them.

Shove an ice cream ball on the skewer.  Coat it with the chocolate shell.  If it's not hardening fast enough, put it in the freezer for a minute.

Slide a caramel ball onto the skewer right next to the ice cream.  Follow with a sugar drizzle, a chunk of banana, a chocolate drizzle, a fudge ball, a whipped cream rosette, and a bit of fruit.

Some people like maraschino cherries.  I think they're disgusting.  I prefer fresh strawberry instead.  Serve immediately.

If you need to wait a bit before serving, get a nice big lump of clay and stick it on a sheet pan.  Assemble the sticks except for the strawberry.  Stick the bottoms of the sticks in the clay and put it in the freezer; the clay should hold the sticks upright so the drizzles don't get crushed.  In this case, slide the strawberry on right before serving.
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Maybe use the caramel recipe from here ( http://www.instructables.com/id/Caramel-Recipe/#step1 ) for a truly amazing caramel on this desert
LividMonkey4 years ago
I'd serve that in my restaurant.
I'd eat that in your restaurant!
sartaj7894 years ago
it looks dirty haha ;)
This is awesome, but how on Earth do you eat it?
RoboticKop4 years ago
Fancy Dessert for the Mrs. at home! where do i get a mini blow torch O_O
supersoftdrink (author)  RoboticKop4 years ago
I got my kitchen torch at Bed Bath and Beyond... I think it was about $10-15. There are nicer ones that work better for a little more money. I can't remember where we got Josh's little butane torch in the photo. For some reason, we seem to have several little torches...
Domineke4 years ago
This looks so delicious! Also, thanks for your comment :)
codongolev4 years ago
what is this I don't even
It's a banana split on a stick. That looks amazing. With a strawberry on top.
I know, it's just a little... how should I put it.... mind blowingly awesome.
That comment seems in the exact opposite mindset from your original comment. You used correct spelling and grammar, you understood what it was, and you were saying it was awesome. Interesting.
You missed the joke. It's a meme...:D
yeah. it's a bit hard to explain the meme. just like all other memes.
I hate bananas, but this is such a thing of beauty that I had to vote for it anyway. 8-)
piperjon4 years ago
I totally hope you win the Stuff on a Stick contest with this! It's gorgeous! - Pj
timothymh4 years ago
Looks amazing as I'm sure it tastes as well, but this is bugging me: How would one go about actually eating this?
supersoftdrink (author)  timothymh4 years ago
It's easiest if you bite the drizzles first.
bleh55734 years ago
About how long does it take?
supersoftdrink (author)  bleh55734 years ago
That depends on how good you are at multitasking, how many you're making, and whether you have a toddler and baby getting in the way... None of the steps should take very long.
knexman20014 years ago
Not only is the assembled result cool, you taught us how to make several things here that are cool either by themselves or as part of other dishes. Excellent 'ible!
Agent-514 years ago
"That looks like a naughty play toy" that is the first thing the wife said. I have the icecream balls ready to go for the construction tonight. they look good hope mine look as fine as yours
estrelita4 years ago
Truly impressive.
xplodvelt744 years ago
I really don't know what to say about that dessert. Especially at risk being banned from unaproppriate comments. I will leave comments to the opposite side. I prefer rather "traditional" banana-split dessert. Nice idea though.
kdrodgers4 years ago
This looks amazing!!! I'm not a fan of the banana split but seeing this makes me wanna give it a try!!!
matthewabel4 years ago
WOW. This is an amazing idea - you have my vote!
jaw dropping and amazingly epic... I love it!
Lindie4 years ago
A work of art - looks yummy!
peanutgnome4 years ago
Excellent Stuff on a Stick! Will have to make these sometime
EvlPwnda4 years ago
Deliciously beautiful!... looks very like an expensive dessert at a fancy schmancy place.. lol
sunshiine4 years ago
This looks so yummy. Very nice!
scoochmaroo4 years ago
Kryptonite4 years ago
Nice! I love the whipped cream rosettes and sugar drizzles, working with cooked sugar is so much fun!
laxap4 years ago
5* and my vote
Beautiful stuff!
Carleyy4 years ago
you should submit this to http://www.instructables.com/group/checkitout/ for my check it out challenge, although it wasn't the specific challenge for the week it falls into one of the topics food art http://www.instructables.com/id/Carleyys-Blog-Round-Up-August-9th/step4/Food-Art/
Steinzel4 years ago
You should be proud of yourself, you are making a lot of people very happy! LOL
kcls4 years ago
Oh. My. God. You, are my new best friend. You will be my 1st Stuff on a Stick Contest vote!
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