I still remember when Smuckers’ Magic Shell busted onto the scene in the 80s. It really livened up our family dinner parties, and we religiously tried out every flavor available. Mint was by far my favorite, and although Magic Shell has stood the test of time, the mint variety went the way of bowl cuts and Monchhichi.
This loss isn’t one I exactly mourn, though, as the Smucker’s product is (not surprisingly) not one I’d recommend. Sugar is the first ingredient in all varieties, and many contain food dyes and artificial flavors. Making your own healthy magic shell is not only inexpensive but healthier, and still provides the fun factor of the original.
There are countless blog posts and recipes out there on the subject, so I thought I’d toss my hat into the ring with my take on my favorite mint. The “secret” ingredient is one of my favorite kitchen mainstays: coconut oil. The oil stays solid at room temperature and liquifies when heated, thus creating the hard shell when coming in contact with chilly ice cream.
Homemade Minty Magic Shell
1 cup coconut oil
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used vegan chips from Whole Foods)
10 drops of mint Stevia (you could also use peppermint extract)
Heat oil, chips and stevia in a small pot over low heat, stirring until blended. Remove from heat and refrigerate (I put mine in a mason jar). When ready to use, heat up for 30 seconds in microwave to liquify the mixture before spooning over your frozen treat of choice.