My family and I LOVE “Magic Shell” (Really, who wouldn’t), but it’s always ridiculously expensive. The 7.25 oz bottles at the store are generally $3+. Even on Amazon a Smucker’s Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping, Chocolate Fudge, 7.25-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12) works out to $1.85 each, not a bad price, but still expensive for .9 cups for product.
For a while I have wanted to make my own, primarily due to the price, but also so I could experiment with different flavors. I did some searches and I found a recipe on the Brownie Points blog.
Poeâ€™s basic recipe is to simply melt together coconut oil (1 cup) and eating chocolate (1 â€“ 2 cups), adding more chocolate than coconut oil.
At home, I found the following weights to work well for measuring out the ingredients for the Magic Shell recipe:
* 150 g finely chopped eating chocolate
* 100 g of refined coconut oil*
* pinch of salt
* I feel that using a touch of unrefined virgin coconut oil helps aid in the elusive â€œfakeâ€ flavor that store bought Magic Shell imparts.
If you really want to go the nostalgia route, try out 80 g refined coconut oil + 20 g unrefined virgin coconut oil.
There was only one problem. There wasn’t any reasonably priced coconut oil (refined or virgin) available at any local stores. That was until yesterday.
During a shopping trip to the local King Soopers I spotted a 31.5 oz (3.9 cups) jar of pure Coconut Oil for $6.49. This was purchased along with a package of 62% Cacao chunks (about 2 cups) for $2.99. Combining these ingredients, it looks like “Magic Shell” can be made for $2.84 per cup. Hmm… well at least I can still experiment.
So, last night, after all these wacky purchases, I whipped up a batch and poured it into a left over squeeze bottle. We’ll try it tonight during the Brocons vs. Chargers Monday Night Football game and see how it goes.