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Dipped Fruit on a Stick

 Dipped Fruit on a Stick
Paula Marchese's quick and easy dessert idea has been a staple in her family for as long as she can remember. "Our five grown sons loved these when they were tots," she pens from Rocky Point, New York. "Nowadays, it's our two grandchildren who request the flavorful snacks."
12 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + freezing

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 medium firm ripe bananas
  • 3 medium apples
  • 10 Popsicle sticks
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Directions

  • In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Peel
  • bananas; cut in half widthwise. Cut apples in half lengthwise;
  • remove cores. Insert sticks into fruit; dip into chocolate, coating
  • fruit completely; allow excess to drip off. Roll in nuts or coconut.
  • Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 20
  • minutes. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 302 calories, 19 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 24 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 4 g protein.