Monkey Tail

As a kid, I didn’t really eat a lot of sweet treats. My sister was allergic to chocolate so that meant I never got to eat chocolate candy bars. Occasionally, we might go to the Dairy Keen (yes, you read that right) to get a soft serve ice cream cone. But once in a blue moon, we might go to Goodrich Dairy in Norfolk. Goodrich locations are homemade ice cream, treats, and malts/shakes stores throughout Nebraska. I loved a Goodrich Malt. In fact, I still enjoy stopping for this treat on a warm Spring/Summer day driving through Lincoln on my way back to Kansas City.

I will never forget a trip to Goodrich as a pre-teen. My mother, sister, sister’s friend Jeanna, and I stopped at the Goodrich store in Norfolk to get some ice cream. A child we didn’t know kept screaming “I want a Monkey Tail.” In case you aren’t familiar with this cold treat, it is a frozen banana covered in chocolate. I don’t entirely understand why this child wanted that over homemade ice cream but I will never forget those tears streaming down their face in disappoint as they left without their monkey tail. I’m sure their parents where just mortified.

As I ran across this recipe on Pinterest, it made with think of that Goodrich experience. This super easy refreshing treat is perfect for your next summer barbeque.

Frozen Fruit SkewersFruit Skewers on Pinterest
4 bananas, sliced
2 T. orange juice
green and red seedless grapes
chocolate chips

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Mix sliced bananas with orange juice. Thread skewers alternating grapes and bananas. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, and follow with 20 second intervals until completely melted. Scoop melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag and seal. Snip corner and drizzle over skewers. Place in freezer for 2 hours. Defrost for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes:

  • I used a frozen banana to make my skewers. If you do that, I would use half the amount of orange juice. They can be very slippery.
  • I only had red grapes. It worked just fine.
  • Blueberries would also be good.
  • I halved the recipe and melted probably ¼ c. of chocolate chips. But I think almond bark would also work if you wanted a white chocolate taste.
  • I placed a Ziploc bag in a glass and poured melted chocolate into baggie. It’s the easiest way to fill the bag with spilling or burning yourself.
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