Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Plantain Chips



I don’t know about you, but I have been noticing a serious trend toward mixing the unexpected salty with something classically sweet lately. First I noticed it with bacon (you know what I’m talking about!), and then the other day I saw where someone had dipped potato chips in chocolate… CHOCOLATE, I say! I couldn’t really jump on the bacon bandwagon, being vegetarian and all, but chocolate dipped potato chips I could do! Only, I decided to use plantain chips instead, and added some yummy toppings!

Plantain chips are one of my favorite snacks. They look like regular banana chips, but that’s really where the resemblance ends. They taste more like their potato counterpart, and are definitely a surprise if you’ve never had them before. I get mine at SaveMart or Trader Joe's, and love having them around as a snack alternative. It just made sense to slather them with chocolate and other tasty toppings!

Getting Started

Making these yummy dipped treats is really straight forward. Start by melting your chocolate in the microwave, 10-15 seconds at a time (don’t burn the chocolate!) and stirring occasionally. While the chocolate is melting, set out all of your other ingredients; I used coconut and walnuts to mix things up, but I think toffee would be really great as well! 

After your chocolate is melted, dip the plantains in about 1/2 -3/4 of the way, and then press both sides into the toppings (it’s easiest if you put the toppings on a flat surface), or leave plain. Place the dipped candies on wire racks, and refrigerate until solid (about 20 min). While you wait, fight over who gets to lick the chocolate bowl!

Wrapping it up

These treats are sweet, salty, and irresistible! Not to mention the fact that they are incredibly fast and easy to make. You and your loved ones (if you decide to share) will eat these up!


Ingredients

1-2, 3.5oz packages plantain chips (I bought two, so I could use all the whole chips)
1-2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1/3-1/2 cup chopped walnuts, give them a few extra chops
Servings: Makes about 50 treats


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