by Blake Stilwell
And now the story of the one dessert that was the basis of three seasons of a show that formed the most brilliant and complex comedy ever written and the one season I’d rather forget… It’s the Bluth Frozen Banana from Arrested Development. Though there were many great potential recipes to derive from this series, like Skip’s Scramble, Klimpy’s Ike and Tina Tuna, or a banger in the mouth, but those will all have to wait for later.
If there’s one signature dish from this show, it’s Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana. The banana stand opened in 1963 and has been a Newport Beach icon ever since. It has also been destroyed and rebuilt many times as part of a yearly tradition of tossing it into the ocean. In case someone out there hasn’t seen the show, I won’t get into how it came to be, but it warranted a ribbon cutting by George Sr.
While it may seem fairly straightforward, the Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand’s menu does have a few options, as seen in many an episode:
In case it’s too small to read, the menu goes:
– The Original Frozen Banana — Frozen banana dipped in hot fudge and covered with fresh nuts
– The George Daddy — Frozen dipped bananas sandwiched between chocolate grahams
– The On the Go-Go Banana — Frozen banana in a cup of sizzling hot fudge
– The Giddy-Girly Banana — Frozen banana dipped in hot fudge and covered with our pink heart candy
And then theres a secret hidden menu item, only one person orders: the G.O.B., a frozen banana double dipped in chocolate with double the nuts. It takes two sticks to hold up. Any one of them is fairly easy to make, though pink heart candy may be difficult to find after February. And bananas are a cheap snack!
- 3 bananas, cut in half
- Popsicle sticks (chinese carryout chopsticks will work in a pinch)
- 1 bag dark chocolate chips
- 1-1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Operation Hot Banana:
- Put a stick in each banana . Place on wax paper and put in the freezer. Let freeze for a few hours or overnight.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, slowly add oil and mix (if you don’t have one, you can use two different sizes of stacked saucepans).
- Dip the banana in the chocolate, covering the entire banana. Cover liberally with walnuts and place on a cooling rack or plate with wax paper. You can put them back into the freezer to keep them for longer.
Of course I made the GOB. As if I’m going to spend $15 on fruit and chocolate and not load up as much as possible. COME ON