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This week I’m posting about something I pinned on Pinterest and then did — a recipe for a homemade version of that chocolate sauce that hardens when it’s poured on cold ice cream. I pinned the recipe from LifeHacker: Make Your Own Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping At Home and Dress Up Your Desserts. They got the recipe from 52 Kitchen Adventures: Homemade Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce.
What appealed to me about this idea was the notion from LifeHacker that you could use any kind of chocolate you wanted, including the dark chocolate that’s purported to have health benefits (Marion Nestle mentioned chocolate this week: Entertaining nutrition research: “nutrifluff”).
I was looking for a replacement for the Wax Orchards Classic Fudge that I’ve been using. That’s a good product. It has ingredients I like — cocoa and concentrated fruit juices — but is something I wouldn’t make at home since I don’t know much about how to cook with concentrated fruit juice. But, I like it too much. If your brain is disciplined enough to not wonder about combining the fudge with a bit of peanut butter, heat it in the microwave, and eat the whole concoction with a spoon, then this is safe to have in your house. It’s not safe in my house.
There is one legitimate use of chocolate sauce in my house and that’s to top my homemade frozen yogurt. But I need a sauce that I won’t be tempted to do anything else with — and that means I want it to be dark and bitter. It will work as a topping because my frozen yogurt is sweet but won’t tempt me to consume it in other ways.
Here it is on top of blackberry frozen yogurt (didn’t that turn a lovely shade of purple?). I was surprised at how much coconut flavor came through. If you love coconut, that’s not a problem. I don’t love coconut. I’m definitely going to try it again taking the alternate suggestion of using butter since I have a pasture-fed butter that I like to use for its healthy fatty acids.