Good morning to everyone. A much cooler day here in Niles, Illinois. I am certainly grateful for a break in the weather, although they are predicting more storms headed our way and a much hotter and humid weekend.
Well, today's blog was inspired by my dinner last night. We went out to grab a hot dog and fries at a local establishment. I was thrilled to see that they had hot dog buns with no seeds. Most places have the seeds on the buns and due to my diverticulosis...am left getting something else. It was a pleasure to finally get to have one out. But, my husband...bless his heart, noticed on the signs that they carried chocolate dipped frozen bananas and bought us each one for dessert. Wow...if that didn't spark up some memories. I loved having them as a child....heck, even as an adult! I haven't had one though for many years. He cam back from the counter holding that plastic covered chocolate banana on a stick. The first thing I did was look at the calorie count. 150 calories....not too bad...then I wondered what it was without the banana, since on weight watchers...bananas are a free food...but what the heck...it was a delightful treat. I must say, I savored every single bite of that banana. I looked across the table at my husband and thanked him...I also told him how much I loved chocolate covered frozen bananas and he just nodded his head and said..." I remember". You see when I was pregnant with my first child, I had the worst cravings for them. Bless his heart...he ran all over in search of them for me. We were able to buy them in a box at the grocery store if they were available.
Years later, once my children were about 2 and 3, I found a place that sold taffy apples AND frozen chocolate bananas on Clark St. in Chicago. The girls and I would take a cooler and drive over there to buy both the apples and the bananas. Whenever it was their birthday, I would purchase them and take them to their classroom as a treat for all the children. It was a whole lot different than the usual cupcakes, and since their birthdays were on May 18 and June 3, it was a good time of the year for them. The kids always appreciated something cool on those hot days. In fact, when my husband became a teacher...I on occasion would buy them and drop them off for him and his students as an end to the school year treat. Of course. a couple dozen came home with me as well! Then, the store close down. It nearly broke my heart. The company that made the taffy apples has opened an outlet near me, but they don't make the bananas any longer...at least I don't think that they do! After last night, I will have to stop in and check that out!
Anyway, as I stared down at my stick, I thought about how it must have all got started. I of course couldn't wait to find out. Turns out a man named Don Phillips open a frozen banana stand in California in the year 1940. A man by the name of Teller, soon opened up a stand and took it on the road to carnivals and festivals. The chocolate covered frozen bananas have recipes all over the place. Some even are rolled in Rice Krispies, some in sprinkles and even nuts. As for me, I am a purist. I prefer them in their original state. In fact, it inspired me so much, that I have found various ways to make them and I think that I will make some for the 4th of July dinner. I am sure those that will be here will enjoy it as much as I did. I really enjoyed having a blast from the past. A great big thank you to my husband for such a "SWEET" gesture!