A friend of mine recently mentioned that her husband has been making a homemade, healthier version of Magic Shell ice cream topping. As they say on the Smucker's website, "This topping magically freezes in seconds on your ice cream to create a candy-coated topping that can be broken and mixed right in with the ice cream." The other day I found a recipe online and made a batch to share with some friends. It was a hit all around, and has no mystery ingredients. It's also super easy to make, can be made low sugar (depending on what kind of chocolate you use, and is vegan. I changed the recipe slightly, and share it here for your eating pleasure (and at the insistence of my facebook friends!)
1/2 C Coconut Oil*
12 oz. Chocolate Chips (about 1 1/2 C)**
1/2 t Vanilla
Melt Coconut Oil and Chocolate in a pan over low heat. Add Vanilla, and stir to combine. Cool to room temperature before drizzling over your ice cream and enjoying the magic!
Store in a jar at room temperature. If it gets too hard, microwave or warm the jar in some hot water to bring it back to a liquid state.
*If you don't like the taste of coconut, it's okay to use refined coconut oil.
**You can use whatever chocolate you like best, dark or milk. I used about 70% cocao, as I prefer a bittersweet chocolate to balance the sweetness of the ice cream.
I think this would also make a great alternate coating for one of our favorite frozen banana treats, PopperBanas!