You don’t have to be an ‘Arrested Development’ fan to appreciate the genius of frozen bananas

Almost 20 years after “Arrested Development” debuted, I found out that the banana stand was real.

On a bright Orange County afternoon, I recently found myself wandering around Balboa Island, home to a robust and fiercely competitive frozen banana economy. I didn’t expect to be in town or find such a wealth of frozen banana options.

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I only wish I could have stayed longer in California to determine a favorite. What I can do, however, is recreate a Bluth family delicacy in my New York home in a relatively short time.

Dipped in dark chocolate and coated in sprinkles, a frozen banana looks like the kind of thing you should have in your hand when strolling to a Ferris wheel (even when reality brings you April showers on the East Coast) . It’s an easy, anytime slice of sunshine.


Recipe: Frozen Balboa Island Bananas
Inspired by CucinaByElena


  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and halved
  • 6 popsicle sticks
  • 8 ounces chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Toppings of your choice: nuggets; crushed nuts; cookie, pretzel or graham cracker crumbs


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Cut each banana in half. Insert a Popsicle stick into the cut end.

  3. Place all bananas on waxed paper and freeze for 1 hour or until firm.

  4. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl with the butter. Melt in the microwave for about 30 seconds and stir. (You may need to heat the mixture a little more in the microwave; do this every 10 seconds until everything is melted.)

  5. Meanwhile, place the toppings on separate plates or in separate piles on a large baking sheet.

  6. Take the bananas out of the freezer. Dip one banana at a time into the chocolate, coating well. (You’ll need to put some around to cover it.)

  7. Roll each banana in the filling of your choice to coat well.

  8. Return to the freezer to firm up further, or eat right away, Bluth style.

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