Tasty Tuesday: Homemade (all natural) “Magic Shell”

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It’s no secret that I love chocolate.  Dark chocolate, to be exact (it’s even good for you).  Back when I used to eat milk chocolate and too much sugar, I loved Magic Shell – remember the ice cream topping that gets hard when you pour it on your ice cream?  It was so yummy!

Unfortunately, the original Magic Shell has a couple problems.  First, it lists sugar as the first ingredient.  Ingredients are listed on a package in the order of quantity which means that in this case, there is more sugar than any other ingredient.  Chocolate is much further down the list (#4) after the oils.  Second, the only source of “chocolate” in there is listed as “chocolate processed with alkali”.  Processing chocolate like that is sometimes referred to as the Dutch method and the purpose is to remove the bitter flavor and make the chocolate a more uniform color.

The trade off is that cocoa beans processed with alkali lose the flavonoids and antioxidants that are found in raw cocoa nibs or very dark chocolate. In order words, it removes the part that makes dark chocolate good for your health.

 

But now, my friends, you can have your Magic Shell and eat it too!

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I made my own “Magic Shell” using 2 ingredients – our favorite dark chocolate (antioxidants and all) and coconut oil!

You can use as dark of a chocolate as your prefer, and even get organic if you wish.  Even though the dark chocolate we usually buy does have sugar in it, it has unsweetened chocolate as the first ingredient followed by cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and then sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Directions:

  • Melt chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler and let cool to room temperature.
  • Pour over ice cream, and eat! (Store the leftovers at room temperature)

And eat it, we did – as you can see! On top of homemade ice cream, on top of a brownie – all homemade, gluten-free, and paleo too! I’ll post the brownie recipe and ice cream secret soon!  We splurged and called it dinner a couple of nights ago.  I don’t like to brag, but I was called “the best mom EVER” and that’s pretty cool.

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