How many incredible memories do you have that involve ice cream? It’s undeniably one of the most enjoyable desserts out there. Ice cream holds a special place in my heart because it was always my parents’ go-to indulgence. We would often have a lighter lunch on Sundays and treat ourselves to popcorn and ice cream for dinner. It felt like such a special occasion! I also have fond memories of ordering a chocolate-dipped cone while on vacation, relishing the crackly crunch of the chocolate shell combined with the creamy ice cream beneath.
There’s something undeniably fun about indulging in ice cream. Today, I am thrilled to unveil the secrets of crafting homemade magic chocolate shell that rivals the kind you get from an ice cream parlor. You can now create this marvelous chocolate sauce that hardens instantly upon contact with cold ice cream right in the comfort of your own kitchen!
And here’s the best part: you only need TWO ingredients and less than 5 minutes to make it. That’s right! It’s one of the simplest ice cream toppings to prepare.
The Two Ingredients You Need To Make Chocolate Shell:
If you’ve ever wondered what chocolate shell is made of, the answer might surprise you! The only two ingredients required are chocolate chips and coconut oil. It’s unbelievably easy to whip up this fantastic chocolate sauce whenever your cravings strike. Let’s take a closer look at the role each ingredient plays in this magic shell recipe.
- Chocolate Chips: You’ll need chocolate chips (or an equivalent amount of chopped chocolate) to make this magical chocolate sauce. The combination of cocoa solids and fat from the chips lends a superior texture and imparts a rich, delightful chocolate flavor. But the real secret ingredient lies in…
- Coconut Oil: The addition of coconut oil is what causes the chocolate shell to harden. Opt for refined coconut oil if you desire a more neutral taste, while virgin coconut oil will allow a hint of coconut flavor to shine through. Choose the option that best suits your palate!
How To Make Homemade Chocolate Shell, Step-By-Step:
Now that you have your chocolate shell ingredients (just chocolate chips + coconut oil!), you’re ready to create some magic! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making your very own chocolate shell. Don’t worry; it’s an easy recipe!
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil.
- Microwave the mixture in 20-30 second increments, stirring well between each interval. If available, use a lower power setting (like MELT or DEFROST) for extra caution.
- Continue microwaving until only a few tiny pieces of chocolate chips remain. Stir until the residual heat from the chocolate melts the remaining pieces, resulting in a smooth and glossy chocolate sauce.
- If desired, add any additional flavors, such as salt, vanilla, or peppermint extract, at this stage. Mix them in thoroughly.
- Transfer the melted chocolate shell to a jar and allow it to cool for a minute or two, preventing it from instantly melting the ice cream upon contact. Storing the sauce in a jar makes it convenient for pouring and storage.
- Pour the chocolate shell over your ice cream or frozen treats and witness the magic unfold! It will harden in just a minute or so.
Now you’re all set to indulge in your homemade chocolate shell! Here are some delectable ways to enjoy this irresistible chocolate sauce:
- As a Topping For Ice Cream: Drizzle the chocolate shell over ice cream sundaes and watch it harden. The glossy finish will transform into a more matte appearance as it solidifies. This process takes only a few seconds!
- To Garnish Milkshakes or Nice Cream: Elevate your milkshakes or nice cream recipes by using the magic shell as a delightful garnish. Give this Healthy Cookie Dough Nice Cream a try!
- To Dip Frozen Banana Pops: Freeze bananas on popsicle sticks and dip them into the chocolate shell. Add your favorite toppings for a fun and healthier treat!
- To Make Homemade TrüFrü Bites: Dip frozen raspberries into the chocolate shell and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once set, they’ll taste absolutely divine!
- To Top Hi-Hat Cupcakes: Give these epic cupcakes a try! Top your favorite cupcake with Swiss meringue frosting, chill or freeze until very cold, and then dip it into the chocolate shell for an extraordinary presentation!
FAQ + Tips For The Best Chocolate Shell Every Time:
How To Store Chocolate Shell Topping: Avoid refrigerating or freezing the chocolate shell, as it will harden into a rock-like consistency. Instead, store any leftover magic shell in an airtight jar or container at room temperature. This way, you can easily reheat it in the microwave or on the stove for future use. Leftover chocolate shell will stay fresh at room temperature for approximately two weeks.
How To Reheat Chocolate Shell: Since you’re storing it at room temperature, reheating the leftover chocolate shell is a breeze. Simply microwave it in 20-30 second increments (either scoop out what you need or use a microwave-safe jar/container) until it regains its smooth and glossy texture. Alternatively, you can gently reheat it over low heat on the stove.
Will Magic Shell Harden On Cupcakes or Cake?: Yes, but only if your cupcakes or cake are cold. If they’re at room temperature or warm, the chocolate won’t harden quickly because the saturated fats won’t solidify at room temperature as they do when chilled. To ensure your cupcakes harden properly, refrigerate them for at least one hour or freeze them for 30-60 minutes before applying the chocolate shell.
Can I Use Something Besides Coconut Oil To Make Chocolate Shell?: While coconut oil is the recommended ingredient, you can use shortening or avocado oil as substitutes. Keep in mind that the results and flavors may vary slightly.
Can I Make Other Flavors of Chocolate Shell?: Absolutely! The homemade magic shell recipe works well with semi-sweet, milk, dark, and white chocolate. You can also experiment by using butterscotch chips and peanut butter chips to create different flavors. Feel free to add 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract or 1/8-1/4 tsp. of peppermint extract to enhance the taste of the melted chocolate shell.
No more limitations to enjoying delectable chocolate shell only at ice cream parlors. You now have the power to create your very own chocolate-covered ice cream delights right at home. Let your imagination run wild with the endless possibilities this homemade magic chocolate shell brings to your ice cream creations. Enjoy every delightful spoonful, and remember, the best memories are made over a bowl of ice cream!