Who loves ice cream? It’s that time of year again in Georgia. The temperature is rising and everyone is stocking their freezers with frozen treats. I fell in love with a particular chocolate peanut butter shell topping several years ago. With the summer heat creeping in, I once again got a hankering for this magical treat. With a little internet research, I found that coconut oil was the “magic” ingredient. So with three ingredients I already had in the cabinet, I could make my own ice cream shell topping? And it only takes 5 minutes? I’m in.
My Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Shell is a little different than what I had found in the store previously. I love dark chocolate, so I knew that I wanted to use semi-sweet chocolate chips which would give a richer flavor and less sweetness. Also, you can’t go wrong with peanut butter. In my opinion, chocolate and peanut butter are soul mates.
This recipe is easily adjusted if you’re looking for something different. If you don’t like peanut butter, leave it out (or try replacing it with almond butter!). The combinations are endless. Try this with white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, milk chocolate chips, or maybe add a little mint extract. Yum!
Unfortunately, the “magic” in this shell works a little slower than the store bought version. I found that it took about 30 seconds for this shell to harden fully on my ice cream. But as you can see, it breaks apart beautifully once it’s frozen.
As a bonus, any leftover shell topping will keep for quite a while in a sealed container at room temperature. So far, mine has held strong for two weeks, but I think it would be okay for a month or more. If your shell thickens up too much between uses, simply warm it in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until you get the right consistency.
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil refined
In a small bowl, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and coconut oil. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring every 30 seconds, until completely melted and combined. If preferred, you can melt over a double boiler on the stove top as well.
Pour over your favorite frozen treat, and allow to harden (about one minute).