Sorry for the delay in getting this up here. I’ve been knee deep in paperwork and getting nowhere fast. All the “Don’t make me adult today” memes have been flashing before my eyes. You see, I really don’t like paperwork, so I’ve basically been doing anything to avoid being in the office to finish it off.
With all this adult work to do, there really was only one solution. That was stepping into the kitchen and back to a simpler time – a time when I didn’t have to pay bills, worry about taxation regulations and when a hard-set topping was a revelation.
I’ve been making home-made “Ice Magic” for about five years now. I’ve seen all kinds of recipes including oils, corn syrup and powders. It all seems too hard. But it doesn’t have to be ... and you certainly don’t need a Thermomix to make it either.
First you’ll need a good chocolate. I’m a Lindt fan and buy the Lindt Piccoli Creamy Milk Couverture Chocolate in bulk (for cooking). But use whatever your heart desires. If you prefer a dark chocolate go for it. If you hanker for white chocolate give it a go too.
Then all you need is a setting agent. Coconut oil or Copha, which is basically a solidified coconut oil, is the go. Coconut oil is a health revelation of sorts if you follow popular media – I think I’ve read articles where it cures everything from bad breath to cancer. I can’t vouch for its health benefits but this easy recipe really does work. And if you get a kick out of thinking this could be a way to get a bit more healthy coconut oil into your system, who am I to burst your bubble?
Copha can be found in the butter section of the supermarket in a white packet. It was always in our fridge growing up - think chocolate crackles! Now I have four packets of Copha in the fridge and I’m not really sure why. Looks like we might be having a fair bit of Ice Magic to use it all up: any excuse will do.
So here’s the recipe. Prepare to feel 10 years old again, enjoy.
SHORT AND SWEET: I’ve tried this with a drop of peppermint oil and loved it. Orange would also be fantastic. Personally I love the classic recipe.
Ice Magic Ingredients: Chocolate Coconut oil or Copha
Method: 1. Recipe works on a 3:1 ratio. So three parts chocolate to one part Copha. I find 30 grams of chocolate to 10 grams of Copha per person creates a generous adult-size serve. 2. Melt desired chocolate and Copha in microwave or over a gentle stove top heat. Make sure no water is introduced and use some elbow grease to achieve the consistency you’re after as quickly as possible. 3. Serve over ice-cream. 4. Add sprinkles (you know you want to). 5. Chocolate will set hard in a matter of seconds.
Some days being a grown up isn't fun. But then I remember, I alone now have the power to decide how much Ice Magic I put on my ice-cream.
The original product from our childhood. Who remembers the eternity 20 seconds used to take as it was heating in the microwave?
This recipe can be stored in the cupboard too but it's so quick to make, I start from scratch each time.