Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sweet Wholesome Wednesday: Cool Peppermint Ice Cream w/ Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell

I almost forgot that today was Sweet Wholesome Wednesday, but glad I had a recipe on standby for times like this :o)

The title pretty much says it all... the peppermint is fresh from my garden and wonderfully refreshing! But I had to use a lot of peppermint leaves to get a good flavor, you'll have to adjust according to your tastes. Some like it strong, some like it mild and I'm in the middle :o)

You can revisit your sweet childhood memories of magic shells with no guilty feelings! This homemade Chocolate Magic Shell is more delicious than the distant memory of Magic Shells at your local ice cream shop! I wasn't a big fan of the Magic Shell as a kid because the flavor wasn't appealing and I felt like it was in the way of the real good stuff: the ice cream. Now, I am happy to say that this stuff rocks! The secret ingredient to making the "hard shell" is... coconut oil. For those of you who might not know, coconut oil's melting point is around 72 F and hardens very quickly when the temp. is less then 70 F. The coconut oil makes an ideal, healthy (and frugal!!) Magic Shell and you can avoid the nasty (my opinion) kinds in the stores!

Cool Peppermint Ice Cream w/
Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell

  • 3 cups whole milk or cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder
  • 15-25 (or more) fresh peppermint leaves
Blend everything together in your blender. Pour into your ice cream maker and process according to instructions. IF you don't have a maker... simply pour into a plastic container and put in freezer. When frozen, pull it out and let it thaw slightly. Chop it up and pour into your blender. Blend till creamy.

NOTE: Make sure to taste the mixture and adjust if needed. I did not use peppermint extract (didn't have any, but if you want a strong flavor... you might want to use it) and I used about 25 leaves before I was satisfied with the peppermint flavor.

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4-1/3 cup honey (or your choice of sweetener)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of sea salt
Gently melt everything together over very low heat (don't want it to boil!) or use a double boiler. Taste and adjust according to your preferences. Pour into a small glass mason jar or a plastic container (easy to squeeze).

You don't have to refrigerate this amazing stuff because the coconut oil naturally preserves the mixture. Ours lasted almost 2 weeks (on the shelf) before it was used up and tasted great! If you decide to put it in the fridge... expect it to turn into a hard lump and you will need to let it sit in hot water before using.

Who says ice cream is only a summer treat?! Just turn up the heat for a little bit and daydream about the summer days while you eat this delicious peppermint treat!

Peppermint on Foodista Ice Cream on Foodista
Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell on Foodista


  1. if i wanted to make the chocolate shell without coconut oil how would i do that?

  2. Hey Lara! You can use butter, but I don't think you'll get the best results from that like you can from the coconut oil. Try it and let me know :o)

  3. yum! I love that this is so much healthier than the store bought stuff.

  4. Peppermint and chocolate is such a tempting combination. Wonderful!

  5. You have no idea how much I love ice-cream! Yum yum yum....mouthwatering!;p

  6. Homemade chocolate shell?!?! You, are, a genius!

  7. Wow, homemade chocolate shell! Cool! Will definitely have to make this.

  8. Mare! I love your brain for coming up with this magic shell! I haven't had it in years, due to the ICK factor, but I LOVED it as a child, and often thought if there was a way to make it at home! This is like a dream come true! LOL!

  9. So happy to have stumbled onto your blog. This ice cream sounds great and thanks for sharing the "magic shell" recipe. I had no clue you could make homemade! My kids just love that stuff.

  10. This looks so amazing! My husband loves chocolate shell so much, I will have to try this.

  11. WOW! I look forward to Christmas every year because the stores start carrying peppermint ice cream. I LOVE it!

    But, you're is very refreshing and with the help of your recipe, we can now enjoy it year-round. I love this recipe...ESPECIALLY THE MAGIC SHELL! Thanks for posting. I always have fond memories of magic shell, but the few times I've tried it as an adult I'm always grossed out. It's like wax and plastic with sugar. Blah.

    I can't wait to try this version of magic shell on a frozen banana!!

  12. Oh yeah- meant to ask what missions group you were brother is with IMB and we have lots of friends who are with MTW.


  13. Hello everybody!! I want to thank ALL of you for your kind comments and SO glad to know that most of you will be trying out the magic shell... PLEASE come back and let me know your opinions!!

    Carli - Great to see you here! We aren't with a missions group. We were send out by our church, Heartland Christian Fellowship. I feel kinda dumb asking, but what is IMB and MTW? I think I know, but want to ask anyway :o) THANKS!!

  14. oneordinaryday - Welcome and great to meet you! Hope your kids will like the homemade version of the magic shell!!

  15. How much of a coconut flavor does the coconut oil leave? That's the one flavor I cannot trust myself to review on my own site so I got a helper for those treats.

  16. ChocolatePriestess- It really depends on how much you like or don't like coconuts. I hardly taste the coconuts becuase I am so use to it and I love the flavor. You can use refined coconut oil which usually has no flavor.

  17. Wow, what a great idea about the magic shell!! How cool. I will have to try that sometime- I used to love that as a kid but I've never actually bought it myself, since I avoid trans-fats and the like. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

  18. wow, yum! that looks amazing. i will be making this!!


  19. OMY! this is so great. mouthwatering..=0

  20. I made the "magic shell" to put on our homemade ice cream at a family gathering last week - everyone LOVED IT. What a smart idea! I would have never thought of that :)


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