Circus Freaks

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  • Published Aug 11th
  • Ready In1h
  • Servings30
  • Calories73
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.

Circus Freaks Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Circus Freaks for 30 servings:

  • 10 slices bacon
  • 8 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, or more if needed, chopped
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • 5 tablespoons smooth peanut butter, divided

Circus Freaks Cooking Instructions

  • Prep30m
  • Cook10m
  • Ready In1h

To cook Circus Freaks, you need about 30 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Circus Freaks is about 10 minutes , and you can serve your Circus Freaks within 1 hour . The following are the steps to cook Circus Freaks easily:

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.


  • 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!
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 73 calories; 4.8 grams of fat; 6.6 grams of carbohydrates; 2.2 grams of protein; 3 milligrams of cholesterol; 68 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Sep 15th 2010

    Brilliant! Ok, so I didn't exactly follow the recipe, so beware! One of my favorite desserts is frozen chocolate covered bananas. I make them at home because I can use high quality chocolate ...

  2. Aug 20th 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 ...

  3. Aug 20th 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 coa ...

  4. Aug 19th 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 Da ...

  5. Aug 18th 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 ...

  6. Aug 18th 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 o ...

  7. Aug 18th 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 see ...

  8. Aug 16th 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 i ...

  9. Aug 5th 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 ga ...