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Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping Recipe

Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping
Difficulty: Easy | Total Time: Under 10 mins, plus cooling time | Makes: About 2 cups

Remember the feeling of awe and wonder the first time you saw melted chocolate magically set over your ice cream, forming a crunchy shell? Now there’s no need to buy the bottled stuff, because you can make your own quick-setting ice cream topping. Just combine chocolate with a little vegetable oil. Nearly any type of chocolate—milk, bittersweet, or semisweet (but not unsweetened)—will work. It’s a fun and easy way to fancy up your next ice cream social.

Game plan: Instead of the labor-intensive process of tempering chocolate, use this topping as a quick alternative for dipping ice cream bars. Just remember to double this recipe to ensure that you have enough chocolate to coat all the bars; and note that while the coating will be delicious, it will not have the same crunchy snap as tempered chocolate.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound chocolate chips or coarsely chopped chocolate (not unsweetened)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place the chocolate and oil in a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan containing an inch of barely simmering water. (Make sure the bowl does not touch the water.) Stir constantly until the chocolate is just melted and and the mixture is smooth.
  2. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and let the chocolate mixture cool until barely lukewarm (about 100°F) before using. Store in a container with a tightfitting lid at room temperature for up to 1 week. Reheat to the desired consistency in a medium heatproof bowl set over a saucepan containing an inch of barely simmering water.