Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Making your own chocolate shell

Just on the slim chance that the public doesn't already know:

I like chocolate!

And I like ice cream!

So what better combination than this stuff?:

I love magic shell. Whenever we have it, I squirt as much on my ice cream as I can without feeling guilty that I'm hogging it. Then I eat it plain. I'm not decorating the ice cream. I'm not having some chocolate with my ice cream. I'm having ice cream with my chocolate!

You know what the only problem is? We don't get magic shell very often. And when we do, a tiny (very tiny!) part of me says "but it's soooo bad for you!"

Do you know what makes magic shell "magic"? Paraffin wax.


It's edible. ...Well, not really. In fact, it's not digestible. It goes right through your body without being absorbed.

Knowledge of content, paired with lack of availability, seriously limits my enjoyment of magic shell.

But no longer!

Enter homemade magic shell! It really works! It hardens splendidly. And I like the taste even better. It's made with real chocolate - so get this; it's good for you! (Pure chocolate has antioxidants)

Without further ado, the recipe:~ 2 squares (1 oz. each) of pure Baker's chocolate.
~ 1 TBS unsalted butter
~ 1/2 TBS brown sugar (More if you have a sweet tooth. I do, but I like a strong chocolate taste, too.)

That's it! Put the butter and chocolate in a microwavable bowl, and cook in 10-second increments until the butter is melted. The chocolate will still hold its shape, but will be stir-able when you touch it with a spoon.

Stir the chocolate into the butter until it's completely melted. Stir in sugar until smooth. Work quickly. This stuff will harden without ice cream....eventually. You can't just let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes. You can add chopped nuts at this point, if you like them. I do!

Now it's ready to be poured over the ice cream! This stuff hardens even faster than store-bought stuff. And mmmm, is it good!



Sandra said...

You know I never buy this either because it is so bad for you, but I never thought about looking for a recipe for it. I am going to try this when we have ice-cream again. Thanks for posting it.

Mom2fur said...

I haven't made this in a while, and it sure sounds good! You know, you can keep it in the fridge. You just need to nuke it for a few seconds in the microwave when you want to use it again.
Assuming there's any left over, LOL!

Alethea Jordan said...

Lol. Just so you don't feel alone...I eat ice cream with my chocolate all the time. =D

Leah said...

Wow, this is great Amber! I too am a chocolate lover and I can't wait to try this recipe! Thank you for posting it!

Ruth Ann said...

I'll have to try this sometime. :) Only thing, is that we don't have a microwave, so I'd have to try it on the stovetop. It'd probably work, I guess.