David writes me a lot of checks. Because he works, and I don’t. And because USAA makes it sooo easy to deposit checks at home! I <3 you, USAA!
Anyway, David entertains himself (OK and me, too) by writing random things in the “memo” section of said checks. The last one he wrote was “For 1,000 Monkeys.” So of course, I had to do SOMETHING to pay up!
I made the brownies, then immediately dumped them into the food processor and blended ’em up. They didn’t need anything added to make them “ball-able” – they’re fudgy and gooey enough on their own. Then I made a bunch of tablespoon-sized balls, and half-tablespoon sized balls. Put ’em in the freezer.
Then I melted some chocolate almond bark, and drew some arms, tails and feet on parchment paper, like so:
Then I stuck those in the freezer for a bit.
Meanwhile, I got my banana Runts lined up, and cut some brown Reece’s Pieces in half. See:
Then I pulled my balls out of the freezer. Why are you laughing?!
I dunked the small ones in the chocolate almond bark and put ’em on a cookie rack to dry, but made sure to stick on the two Reece’s pieces while the chocolate was still wet. Monkeys gotta have ears, right?
Then I put the bigger balls on lollipop sticks, and once the small ones were dry, I dunked the big ones in the chocolate almond bark, stood ’em up on a styrofoam block and immediately plopped a small one on top. This made heads and bodies, see? Then I carefully used the rest of the melted chocolate bark as glue for the arms, legs, tails and bananas. At this point, I had faceless monkeys like this:
Don’t judge my messy monkeys. They were just for mine and David’s entertainment, so I didn’t go to great lengths to make them smooth and perfect. Mmmk?
But they definitely needed some faces, so I used some yellow and black candy melts for mouths and eyes, and black sprinkles for tiny little nostrils. Voila!
Your demented friend,