When I was a little girl growing up in Ohio, summertime always came with the promise of a trip to one of the state’s many country festivals and fairs. The crowning glory, of course, was The Ohio State Fair.
The Ohio State Fair houses many memorable country traditions like the cake decorating contests, the Lumber Jack show, the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and Band, adorable farm animals, and I can’t go without mentioning the famous butter cow sculpture.
Yes. It’s a cow. Made of butter. Ohio knows how to state fair.
But in my opinion, the very best part of any state fair experience is the food. I mean, that’s really what you’re going in for, right? The state fair is the one place in the world where you can find almost any food item (and the occasional insect) fried, chocolatized, and on a stick.
My favorite fair delicacies include an ear of buttery sweet corn peeled straight from of the husk, freshly squeezed lemonade, funnel cake, and a cup o’ french fries. Here’s a new one I spotted last year: has anyone tried deep-fried gummy bears? I wasn’t feeling that adventurous, but I was very curious.
Last year, I discovered my all-time, forever favorite fair treat: the frozen chocolate covered banana. Oh. My. Goodness. It was like biting into a piece of heaven. I was kind of mad at myself for not trying it before and depriving myself of this delicious gift for so many years!
Inspired by fellow state fair foodies, I created a snack time version of this classic treat: frozen chocolate covered banana pretzel bites!
It’s a mouthful to say, but trust me, you’ll want to eat a mouthful of these delightful morsels!
- 1-2 bananas
- 1 package of dark chocolate chips (or any melting chocolate you prefer)
- Snyder's waffle pretzels
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- Slice the bananas into thick circles and freeze them for about 2 hours.
- When the bananas are ready, lay out the pretzels on foil.
- Melt a cup of chocolate chips in the microwave with the vegetable oil. This part can be a little tricky. I followed the directions on the back of the package, but I found that you just have to keep checking it and stirring until you get a smooth consistency. Add small amounts of vegetable oil as needed to make it creamy enough. Be careful not to nuke it too long or it will burn and get chunky (not that I did that or anything).
- Use a toothpick to dip the banana slices into the chocolate, and place it on a pretzel. You may need to use a fork to get the banana off the toothpick. You have to work fast here or your bananas will get too soft to work with. I would recommend taking the banana slices out of the freezer in small increments.
- Spread out the chocolate with a toothpick to cover the whole banana.
- Once your bites are finished, place them in the freezer to harden for about 5 minutes or until you are ready to munch.
Well, there you have it! Easy, quick, and delicious little snacks. There are a lot of variations you could add as well:
- Add peanut butter to your chocolate, or spread it on top. I also believe I spotted a package of peanut butter chips in the store — now we’re talkin’.
- Use organic dark chocolate for a healthier route.
- Melt white chocolate chips and drizzle it on top.
- While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle on granola, nuts, coconut, or graham cracker crumbs. (Or deep-fried gummy bears! Just kidding, don’t do that.)
Are you a fair foodie? What is your favorite food or tradition at your state fair?
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