Banana and Chocolate Leprechaun Hats

March 13, 2014 in Creations, Recipes by Anna

One of my top posts in 2013 was Banana and Chocolate Pilgrim Hats. That recipe is what inspired me to create these banana and chocolate leprechaun hats. I used white chocolate with green food coloring to create the hat and brim and green writing icing to decorate them.

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How to Create Banana and Chocolate Leprechaun Hats

Step One: Peel a banana and cut it into segments. Try to cut at various angles to have banana pieces stand flat once they are cut.

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Banana and Chocolate Leprechaun Hats - Learn Like A Mom! http://learnlikeamom.com/recipes/leprechaun-hats/  #stpatricksday #recipe #dessert

Step Two: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set bananas on it.

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Step Three: Following the directions on the box, melt Baker’s white chocolate. Then mix in some green food coloring.

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Banana and Chocolate Leprechaun Hats - Learn Like A Mom! http://learnlikeamom.com/recipes/leprechaun-hats/ #stpatricksday #recipe #dessert

I will continue with the recipe in just a second.

Here is where I ran into some problems and I’d love your feedback. As soon as I mixed in the green food coloring all of the melted chocolate was clumped up, becoming more of a paste.

Do you think it was the food coloring? The white chocolate? Or the time I spent taking pictures while making these? (I took pictures of the pilgrim hats too, but didn’t use food coloring or white chocolate.)

I then had to heat a second batch of chocolate and temper in the chocolate that was already dyed to get back to melted chocolate and continue.

Keep reading to see what happens.

Step Four: Using a spoon, drop the chocolate over the banana, allowing the excess to pool around the base of the banana to form the brim of the hat.

Banana and Chocolate Leprechaun Hats - Learn Like A Mom! http://learnlikeamom.com/recipes/leprechaun-hats/ #stpatricksday #recipe #dessert

Banana and Chocolate Leprechaun Hats - Learn Like A Mom! http://learnlikeamom.com/recipes/leprechaun-hats/ #stpatricksday #recipe #dessert

Banana and Chocolate Leprechaun Hats - Learn Like A Mom! http://learnlikeamom.com/recipes/leprechaun-hats/ #stpatricksday #recipe #dessert

Here’s what happened…

As the chocolate was sliding down the sides of the bananas, the weight of the chocolate pulled it down upon itself, exposing the bananas. Adding more chocolate only resulted in the same. If you can’t see it in the pictures above, you’ll see it below.

Step Five: Put the cookie sheet in your freezer for an hour or until the chocolate is solid. These pictures show the hats after 45 minutes and you can see that they weren’t quite frozen. You can also see the banana exposure even more!

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Step Six: Using green writing icing, create buckles or shamrocks to decorate the hats.

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Although these didn’t turn out as well as my pilgrim hats, they have potential and I hope I can make them even better next year. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them! I’m not a cook, chef, or baker…Just a mom that’s trying to learn!

What do you think could solve the melted and drizzled chocolate problem?