This blast from the past recipe has me feeling all nostalgic. Who grew up eating chocolate ice magic on their ice cream? We had it as an occasional treat as kids - we would warm up the bottle of sauce, pour copious amounts over ice cream, and then wait in anticipation as the liquid sauce turned into a hard chocolate shell upon contact. Food & fun, all rolled into one.
The downside - the stuff was highly processed, and so with this recipe the aim was to create something that functioned like the hard chocolate shell sauce we all loved, but also resembled real foods, without any weird artificial ingredients. And it worked a dream! The magic itself happens with the base ingredient coconut oil - it's predominantly comprised of saturated fats, meaning it will melt when heated and solidify when at room temperature or cooler. When applying this fab food chemistry here, if you pour thin melted stream onto the cool exterior of an ice cream, it will quickly harden, much like store-bought ice magic and much to the delight of children (and you too, don't be shy).
Hence, I present the ultimate case on why eating real foods doesn't mean eating boring foods - here you get all the excitement of the store-bought version, but none of the weird artificial ingredients. This ingredient panel is nice and short in comparison, with familiar words - just coconut oil, cacao/cocoa powder and maple syrup are needed.
Chocolate Ice Magic Hard Shell for Ice Cream
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
1 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1. Add all ingredients into a small saucepan and melt over a gentle heat, stirring well.
2. Your ice magic is ready to be used! Pop sauce into a small milk jug and then pour over ice cream - it will quickly harden upon contact. Store leftover sauce in the fridge - you will need to reheat it before using (simply pop the sealed container in a warm bowl of water for a few minutes to melt).