CHOCOLATE DIPPED ICE CREAM BON BONSAs if Ice Cream needed any help, this weekend I dipped Ice Cream balls into the classic home-made Chocolate Shell just to make them kinda ...fancy. Making this crisp, light chocolate covering is so darn easy, how could I resist? Remember the bottled Magic Shell, the chocolate syrup that turns into a candy coating with a snap when it hits anything cold (like ice cream)? That's the way this recipe works, but without any wax or paraffin or secret ingredients, in fact it takes just 2 things: Chocolate and Coconut Oil.
A friend of mine told me about this combo and she used 2 parts chocolate to 1 part coconut oil and it worked great.
1) First thing to do: Scoop your favorite ice cream into small bon-bon size balls and place them on a parchment covered baking pan, then back into the freezer to hold while you melt the chocolate and coconut oil.
2) In a double boiler (or saucepan over another saucepan of simmering water) melt 2 cups of Chopped pieces of good quality chocolate with 1 cup of Coconut oil. Stir together well and remove from heat to cool down. (Don't worry, it remains in a light liquid form at room temperature.)
3) Once it has cooled down a bit: drizzle over ice cream, or dip ice cream balls into the syrup to make Bon Bons.
As you dip the ice cream balls into the coating, replace them on the parchment paper and watch the "magic" as they immediately turn into thin chocolate covered fancy bon-bons. Return the pan to the freezer and keep until ready to serve to your admiring guests. Optionally, you can double-dip for a firmer and more evenly coated presentation.
Putting the Chocolate Shell liquid into a squeeze bottle creates an easy way to keep it, and to drizzle it on a bowl of ice cream later. Let me know if you try this. Do you know any other home-made recipes for store bought goodies?