Banana Pops and Bees


Late this afternoon the sun came out and the day was warm, windy yet warm.  I took a stroll out to see if the bees were out and about and they were.  Some flying around and many just hanging out on their porches.  I decided to remove all the mouse guards to give them more space for coming and going.  After I did this little chore I opened all of the hives and added a “pollen pattie” for them to munch on.  Pollen patties give them added protein, minerals and vitamins to help strengthen the hive for the coming spring season.

The wind is blowing way to strong for me to go deep into the hives but from what I could see everyone has survived the winter and looks to be doing well.  Most hives have quite a bit of honey, which I didn’t expect.  Upon my next inspection if I continue to see so much honey I may undertake a harvest early on to give them more room for laying eggs, and making new honey.  Stay tuned….

I am thankful to discover they survived winter. I suspect our mild winter contributed to their survival.  I also realize that winter isn’t really over and that a random icy front could blow in in the next few weeks, forcing them deep into the hive for warmth.  If this happens they will need the honey that remains in their hive.  A new adventure awaits each time a hive is opened, and today was no different.

Now on to the “Banana Pops”.  These are so easy and yummy I can’t wait to share them with you.  Biting into one is like biting into a spoonful of banana, chocolate chunk ice cream, sprinkled with peanuts.  Ooohhh…All day long I’ve been thinking about them and can’t wait to finish dinner tonight so I can eat another.
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Banana Pops

Melt 2 ounces of roughly chopped unsweetened baking chocolate and 3 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler, or heat proof bowl set over a simmering pot of water, stirring occasionally  until smooth.  Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with wax paper.  Slice two ripe bananas in half and insert a wooden popsicle stick or skewer in one end of each piece.

When chocolate is melted and smooth, dip each banana half into melted chocolate, spooning additional chocolate to cover.  Place bananas on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

Freeze until chocolate is firm, about 20 minutes or up to 2 hours.  If frozen more than 2 hours, allow to sit at room temp for 20 minutes before serving.

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6 Responses to Banana Pops and Bees

  1. Charles says:

    Glad the bees have survived ok – it must be quite a joy seeing them all buzzing about! I love the look of these banana pops as well… great idea to put the peanuts on the outside, they really look like a very satisfying snack!

  2. Jill says:

    What a great idea for a heathy snack! I think my kids would love this!

  3. Karen says:

    Your chocolate bananas look terrific. It sounds like your bees are doing very well…especially enjoying the warmth. It will be awhile before we see bees out here in New England.

    • Thank you Karen – my time is short these days with my job at the gourmet store. these were so yummy and quick – perfect! Yes I’m sure it’ll be a while before you see any buzzing little bees in your neck of the woods!

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