Recipe by CHEF GRPA
Banana Split Truffles are banana-flavored white chocolate truffles decorated to look like a tiny scoop of ice cream! These truffles are as tasty as they are adorable. I think these are the perfect treat for birthdays, ice cream socials, and summer parties. Everyone who ate these wanted the recipe and loved them. I will definitely make them again.
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1⁄2 large banana, very ripe
- 1⁄3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon banana extract (optional) or 1 teaspoon flavoring (optional)
- 12 ounces white candy coating
- 4 ounces chocolate-flavored candy coating
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- candy sprinkles
- red candies like m&ms jelly beans or red cinnamon candies
Directions See How It's Made
- 1. Place the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat it until it simmers and small bubbles form all along the edges of the pan, but do not allow it to come to a full boil.
- 2. While the cream is heating, prepare the white chocolate and banana mixture. If you have a food processor, place the half banana in the food processor and mix until the banana has liquefied.
- 3. Add the white chocolate chips to the banana and process until the white chocolate is in small pieces. The mixture will clump together, so stop the processor several times to scrape it down. Once the cream is simmering, with the processor on, carefully pour the hot cream in a small stream down into the bowl of the processor and let it run until the white chocolate has melted and the ganache is smooth and free of lumps.
- 4. If you do not have a food processor, this can be done in a mixer, or you can mash the banana by hand and add very finely chopped white chocolate to it, stirring until well-combined. Pour the hot cream over the white chocolate-banana mixture and whisk it until it is smooth. This method produces a ganache that tastes the same, but there might be small pieces of banana that are not incorporated.
- 5. Once everything is smooth, scrape the ganache into a bowl and whisk in the banana extract, if using. Cover the ganache with cling wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to scoop and roll, about 2 hours.
- 6. Once the ganache is firm, coat your hands with powdered sugar and roll the ganache into small balls, dusting your hands with more powdered sugar to prevent sticking if necessary. You should get about 30 1-inch balls.
- 7. Keep the balls chilling in the refrigerator while you melt the white candy coating. Once melted, use a fork or dipping tools to dip the truffles into the coating, then set them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate the tray to set the white chocolate for 10 minutes.
- 8. After all the truffles are dipped, it’s time for the best part: decorating them! For the chocolate “sauce,” melt the chocolate candy coating in a small bowl. In order to get the chocolate to drizzle just right, it needs to be very thin and fluid. If your candy coating is thick, add up to 2 tablespoons of oil, adding a little at a time and stirring and testing after your additions. It should easily flow off the spoon in a thin line.
- 9. Using a spoon, place a small spoonful of dark chocolate on top of a truffle, and use the tip of the spoon to nudge it off the sides in a thin stream. Alternately, you can place the candy coating in a bag and cut off the tip and pipe it onto the truffles.* see note.
- 10. After all of the truffles have their chocolate “sauce,” sprinkle the still-wet chocolate liberally with colored sprinkles. The last step is to add your red candies that represent the cherry. This can be a red M&M, jelly bean, red hot, or any other small red candy. Full-sized M&Ms are a little large for my taste, so I like to cut them in half for my truffles, but it’s definitely not necessary.
- 11. Refrigerate the tray to set the chocolate coating, for about 10 minutes. Store Banana Split Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For the best taste and texture, bring them to room temperature before serving.
- * My Notes & Tip's: Once everything is smooth, scrape the ganache into a bowl and whisk in the banana extract, if you're using it. It's certainly not necessary, but it does help to boost the banana flavor, especially if you're using a banana that's not overly ripe.
- * I usually try to get 4-5 streams of chocolate dripping down the sides. Alternately, you can place the candy coating in a bag and cut off the tip and pipe it onto the truffles as in step 9.
- If the temperature of your room is moderately cool (60 to 70 degrees) your candies can be left out to set, but if your room is warm, or you want to speed up the process, you can refrigerate them for approximately 30 minutes to set the chocolate. The exception is untempered chocolate, which should always be refrigerated after dipping.