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Bananas Foster

25 pound unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 bananas peeled and diced
1/4 cup banana liqueur

1/4 cup spiced dark rum
1t vanilla extract
1/2 t orange extract / fresh orange zest
1/8t all spice


Melt butter over medium high heat. Add brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Stir in banana liqueur, all spice, vanilla extract, orange extract, and place bananas in the pan. When banana sections start to brown and soften carefully add rum. Continue to cook until rum is hot and begins to evaporate. Ignite rum!

Wait for flames to subside and serve warm over ice cream or frozen yogurt.

More about Spoonlickers:

Q: Please tell us a bit about Spoonlickers.
A: Spoonlickers is a family-run, family owned, frozen yogurt and desert company here in Grand Rapids. It is the kind of business where the customer gets to select their own flavors, serve themselves, top their own creation, and pay based on the weight of their creation. We have two locations currently open (Ada and Knapp's Corner), with a third opening on January 2 in Eastown.

Q: How did you and your family decide to start your own business, and why this particular one?
A: Honestly, we have two little ones of our own at home. Two boys, seven and four. Like any kids their age, they love sweets, especially ice cream. There was a serious lack of something we as parents could feel good about giving them. We were tired of going to the same old, same old places that took commercially-produced, chemically-laden deserts and toppings, slathered them in a bowl and charged us premium prices. We thought we could do better and that is how Spoonlickers was born.

Q: So you mentioned not being happy with the commercially produced deserts, is Spoonlickers different in this regard?
A: Great question and the answer is yes, ABSOLUTELY! That is precisely the difference between Spooonlickers and every other frozen desert/frozen yogurt place in West Michigan. Our yogurts are 100% natural and preservative free, not to mention gluten free. We use no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. Just local milk from here in Michigan, and natural flavorings like real fruit, real spices.

Q: What about the things people put into their yogurt? Are those natural too?
A: Wherever possible YES! We are really passionate food people, so anything we can make, we do. Each store has a full kitchen...which is kind of crazy for a place that "just sells frozen yogurt". Things that grown on tree or come from a nationally recognized name brand we don't make, but everything else we do. We make all of our own sauces right in store: caramel, warn chocolate ganache, strawberry grand marnier... We make granola, brownies, s'mores, puppy chow, and even marshmallows right in store. So even if the treat is a bit of a guilty pleasure, at least you know it was home made and free of any chemicals.

Q: Have you found that your customers really care about this?
A: Absoutely. Many of our customers really understand and care. When they go a competitor who is offering a "fat free", "sugar free', dairy free option, we think most people are smart-enough to ask themselves "So if there is no milk, no fat, and no sugar, exactly what AM I eating?" Because once you train yourself to ask that question, there is only one answer... man-made fillers and sweeteners! We know some people may be alright with this, but Spoonlickers is here for people who do care, and who want to know exactly what they are feeding themselves and their families. Not to mention, we don't take ourselves too seriously. At the end of the day, we are providing a treat to our customers and above all else, they want something that tastes great. We hear it time and time again, that our customers love the taste of our products! If you were to blind taste test our product, against those commercially produced soft serve mixes you typically find in places similar to ours, YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY tell the difference. One was crafted by hand, with love, for the purpose of tasting great. One was produced in a factory to be inexpensive and very profitable. Trust me, you can tell the difference.

Q: What ways do you have for people to enjoy for the holidays?
A: We have take our love yogurt and baking and combined them into these. Our cakes. Six creations that combine our most popular yogurt flavors with some delicious cakes.

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