Independence Day is my second favorite holiday. (Thanksgiving snags the numero uno spot because FOOD) Everyone asks why it’s my favorite before Christmas and it’s because of the memories that come with it.
Every year, my family takes a trip to Portland, Oregon for a few days around July 4th. The morning of, we pick berries (to make berry crisp for dessert) and then we spend the day gluing fireworks to a wooden board and connecting them to one another with a sparkler. It’s a competition between the girls and the dads to see who’s board can stay lit the longest (this is more difficult than you can imagine). The dads hold the longest record with 43.63 minutes (heck yes we timed it, we do it every year)!
Picking out fireworks at the local stand is always a blast, but when you get four girls together, it’s hard to make a decision that makes everyone happy! Which is how the whole “firework board” idea came about. There is so much variety when it comes to fireworks, they come in all shapes and sizes.
For today’s PLB treat, we’ll be making our very own version of fireworks (ones that are edible of course)! These peanut butter banana sandwiches will be dipped and decorated to the size that suits you!
I’m thinking my cousins and I should create a new tradition- make these peanut butter banana sandwiches and while they’re freezing, assemble our firework board, then head back to the kitchen and reward ourselves for our hard work with the frozen sandwich bites!
What traditions do you have when it comes to the 4th of July? Any fun memories? Let me know in the comment section below!
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- Moderately ripe bananas
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter (or any type of nut butter)
- Red chocolate melts
- White chocolate melts
- Blue chocolate melts
- Black licorice bites
- Baking sheet
- Wax (or parchment) paper
- 3 Ziploc bags
- Slice bananas onto a wax-lined baking sheet.
- Spread no more than 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on top of half of the banana slices.
- Sandwich the slices with the remaining banana slices of similar size.
- Place the baking sheet in the freezer for an hour or until the banana sandwiches are frozen solid.
- While freezing, cut a black licorice bite into six pieces. Set aside.
- Melt the red, white, and blue chocolate melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, setting it at 50% power, stirring every time until smooth.
- Remove frozen banana bites from the freezer. Insert toothpicks directly in the center of each frozen banana bite.
- Dip each frozen banana bite into one of the various colors of chocolate. Make sure the chocolate covers the entire banana, including the base of the toothpick.
- Place back onto wax-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining frozen banana bites.
- Scoop each remaining color of chocolate into a Ziploc bag, cutting the corner of each bag, just enough so a tiny amount of chocolate comes out.
- Drizzle and decorate each banana bite with the various colors of chocolate.
- Once chocolate has set, gently twist the toothpick to remove it from the top of the frozen banana bite. Repeat with remaining bites.
- Using the same color chocolate in which each frozen banana bite was dipped, dab a small amount where the toothpick was and place a black licorice piece in the center so it stands straight up. Repeat with remaining bites.
- Put frozen fireworks in fridge until ready to serve. Best served the same day.