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Circus Freaks Recipe
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Circus Freaks

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"A crazy combination of banana, peanut butter, bacon, and chocolate...yeah, hence the name. I was inspired to create this concoction by a burger known as the Elvis which came topped with bacon and peanut butter. Refrigerate leftovers."

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Original recipe makes 30 treats Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr


  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Cut each slice into 1-inch pieces while still warm, and set aside.
  2. Melt 2/3 of the chocolate in the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring to melt the chocolate. (Do not let water or steam drip into the chocolate or it will seize up.) Bring the chocolate up to no more than 110 degrees F (43 degrees C), measuring with a thermometer. Stir in the reserved chopped chocolate, remove from the heat, and stir off the heat until the temperature of the chocolate comes down to 88 to 90 degrees and most of the chocolate pieces have melted. Remove any unmelted pieces, and hold the chocolate over warm water at this temperature for dipping.
  3. Slice the bananas into 1-inch pieces, and cut each piece down the center to make half moons. Spread the bottom of each half moon with about 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter. Stick the banana piece, peanut butter side down, onto a square of bacon, and skewer the banana and bacon together with a toothpick.
  4. Dip the banana and bacon treats into the melted chocolate until completely covered; place dipped treats onto waxed or parchment paper until cool and set. Refrigerate leftovers.
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  • Cook's Note
  • The combination of sweet and salty is really good, and you are sure to surprise your friends when you hand these out at your next event. And hey, get creative, try using jam instead of peanut butter, or white chocolate, or dust with coffee bean grounds after dipping...after all, these are Circus Freaks!

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 05, 2010

SO WRONG!!!!! BUT SOOOO GOOD!!!! I sprinkled some crumbled bacon on top of half and kosher salt (sparingly) on the other half before the chocolate hardened, added a little more crunch and garnish. Used thick cut bacon, and cooked it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 25 mins. to make a soft yet crispy bacon. Also used nutella on some instead of peanut butter, even more wrong. Great recipe, I love bacon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 23, 2010

This was a fun, freaky, odd little recipe the Recipe Group chose this week. I only wanted a taste, so I cooked three slices of bacon and cut each into 3 pieces. Then I cut 9 banana slices and topped each one with peanut butter. I plopped them down onto the bacon and stuck a toothpick through the middle. Because I didn't want to fool with a candy thermometer, I just melted some Wilton Candy Melts and spooned on the chocolate. I did top them with little colorful sprinkles. I placed them on wax paper until they were dry. I could taste each ingredient - a sweet and salty little party in my mouth. I probably won't fix this again, but it was fun to try out such a quirky recipe.

Aug 20, 2010

Prepared these for the Recipe Group and our guests enjoyed them this evening after dinner. I didn't have the time or patience for the candy thermometer so I purchased Dolci Microwave Hard Dark Choc Shell Coating. It worked great! I also crumbled the bacon. This eliminated the toothpick and made it easier for me. I spread the PB on the banana, dipped it in the crumbled bacon, pressed lightly, and then drizzled the chocolate over the top and smoothed with a spoon around the sides. Still a little messy but quick and easy. Before the chocolate set-up, I sprinkled Sea Salt, Banana Chips or crumbled bacon on each. This was a fun and different recipe and we were pleasantly surprised with the sweet/smokey/salty flavor. I will make these again. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 17, 2010

I made these for the recipe group this week. I will go ahead and say...this was very messy for me and mine looked nothing like the picture. However, I think that should be attributed to my inexperience rather than the recipe. I loved this combo, though- definitely a little bizarre, but sinfully yummy. One error I made was making the bacon too crispy- I disklike soggy fatty bacon but with as crisp as it was it fell apart when I tried to skewer it to the banana. Honestly, in the future...only when I am home alone, of course...I may just make a sort-of banana split out of it and call it good. Anyway, a pleasantly surprising little snack that has all of my favorite foods in one- peanut butter, chocolate, and bacon. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 18, 2010

I made these for Recipe Group, and they were sooooo good! Made as written, but I had some cooked, crumbled bacon to use up, so I just 'dipped' the peanut butter bananas in there and that seemed to work out great. once the chocolate hardened, I drizzled them with some more chocolate just to make them look pretty. I don't know how often I would actually make these, but I will definately be making them again! Thanks for sharing such a fun, unique and 'freakishly' delicious recipe. :)

Aug 23, 2010

Made this today for a birthday party tomorrow. If I may quote my hubby..."It's like a mouthful of awesome!" I took short cuts (microwave chocolate, precooked bacon warmed up, different coating method) but still...WOW! Thanks for the recipe!

Aug 19, 2010

Made these for Recipe Group but I didn't love these as much as I expected - but they were good. I used maple cured bacon which added another flavor. Make sure your banana isn't too ripe or they fall apart. I gave up trying to spread the PB on the banana and just dabbed it on the bacon squares then added the banana. I spooned my chocolate over each, let it set, then turned them over and covered the bottom. I doubt I'll make these again, but loved trying them. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 19, 2010

I love all the ingredients in this recipe and the combo of sweet and salty, so when these were choosen as the recipe of the week by Recipe Group I was excited to make them. I only made two because I was the only one interested in trying them. I used a round slice of banana, topped that with the peanut butter then place a small piece of bacon on the peanut butter. I stuck it on a wodden skewer and spooned the melted chocolate over the entire piece. I sprinkled a little sea salt on top too. When I ate it I thought this would be better with a thin, crisp piece of proscuitto in place of the bacon. My bacon was crisp but the texture turned me off from eating the second one, I wanted some more crunch. Thanks for a fun recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 73 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.6 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 3 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 4.8 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 68 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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