Happy Day 3 of #icecreamweek ! Ice cream is wonderful on its own, but you can’t have ice cream without toppings. Whipped cream, sprinkles, hot fudge sauce, caramel syrup, cherries, and the one thing everyone loves to break – magic shell. Magic shell is pretty much a thick dessert sauce (typically chocolate but I’ve seen caramel and strawberry) that hardens after a few minutes, forming a shell over the ice cream. Attack it with your spoon and consume as normal. It’s magic! It’s a shell! It’s magic shell! And with just two ingredients and a microwave, you can easily make this Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell at home. You’ll never buy it from the store again.
This is going to get complicated, so pull your chair closer and listen carefully – put chocolate chips and peanut butter into a bowl, microwave until it melts, and – are you ready for this? – pour it over your ice cream and wait a few minutes for it to harden. Tada! Magic shell at your fingertips! I’m willing to bet 99% of you can run to your pantry right now and make this (the 1% being you weird peanut butter-hating people. I’m looking at you, people of Ireland).
What makes this shell so magical? Think about chocolate chip cookies. When the chocolate chips get warm, they are melty and spreadable. When they cool, they harden again. So when you spread melted chocolate chips over cold ice cream, the chocolate chips harden. The peanut butter is just a bonus that blends in. And what can make Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell even more magical? Putting it on top of Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream that I made on Sunday. Double the chocolate peanut butter, double the fun. Actually, I’m going to triple your fun and sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups on top before the shell cools.
I think I just heard a bunch of spoons clanking into computer screens. Spoons do clank, right?
I know you’re having trouble containing your excitement, but there are two more #icecreamweek recipes for this fine Tuesday. Be sure to loosen your belts and check out Jen and Jennie‘s recipes for today.
- 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter cups, chopped up
- Place the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave until just melted, checking every 30 seconds. Stir until smooth then immediately pour over ice cream. The thicker your layer, the harder it'll be to break with your spoon. Sprinkle on the chopped-up peanut butter cups. Wait a few minutes for the shell to harden then serve immediately.
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Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray magazine