Go Bananas Pops

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Makes 9 servings.
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Go Bananas Pops won second prize in the 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac recipe contest for bananas. This delicious snack is a fun recipe to make with the kids (and kids at heart). Experiment with the toppings you like most and enjoy every last scrumptious bite!

3 medium bananas, ripe but firm
3 tablespoons finely chopped dry roasted peanuts
3 tablespoons coarsely crushed mini pretzels
2 tablespoons mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 package (10 ounces) sea salt caramel baking chips
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
special equipment: 9 pop or craft sticks for handles

Line a baking sheet with wax paper.

Cut ends off bananas and then cut crosswise into thirds. Insert a pop stick halfway into one cut end of each banana piece.

In a bowl, combine peanuts, pretzels, and chocolate chips.

In a heatproof bowl, toss together caramel chips and oil. Set bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (water not touching bowl). Once chips soften, stir until melted and smooth.

Dip banana pieces into melted caramel until coated, using a small spoon to help to evenly coat them. Push bananas into peanut mixture and, using your fingers, sprinkle mixture over bananas, turning each one to evenly coat. Place bananas on prepared baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes, or until firm.

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