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The Magic of PMS

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Isn’t PMS wonderful?

If you didn’t answer right away with an exuberant “YES!” then read on to learn how you can love PMS … well, one form of PMS, anyway! A few weeks ago, y’all left great suggestions for healthy dessert makeovers. One of your suggestions was so interesting I had to try it out right away: healthy Magic Shell


The first thing I did was look up the ingredients in real Magic Shell. Turns out that the “magic” of Magic Shell is actually coconut oil.  Who knew?! Check it out: Sugar, sunflower oil, coconut oil, cocoa, chocolate, Contains 2% or less of: cocoa processed with alkali, soy lecithin, salt, vanilla, milk

Then I had to decide which ingredients to include in the recreation. Right off the bat, milk was out (Duh! lol).  And I figured the homemade version could do without soy lecithin, sunflower oil, salt, and vanilla as well. (You can still add vanilla if you want; I just didn’t bother.)  So I gathered everything else: coconut oil, cocoa powder, and sweetener. Not very many ingredients, huh? I was skeptical… but it turns out I needn’t have been!  One test of the mixture sent the tastebuds into ecstasy (the legal kind!).

So what about PMS? Well, call me crazy, but that’s what I’ve decided to name the Magic Shell.  PMS: Pseudo Magic Shell, get it? Besides, isn’t chocolate supposedly good for the real PMS?

Pseudo Magic Shell (PMS)

  • 1 serving of Chocolate Butter
  • Something to go under the chocolate coating, such as: bananas, ice cream, strawberries, cake (for cake balls), nuts, oatmeal (Magic Shell oatmeal???!!), cookie dough balls, dried fruit, pretzels, fudge babies (especially peanut butter babies!)…

1. For ice cream or frozen fruit (or anything pre-frozen), simply melt the chocolate butter and pour over the confection (or dip).

2. For non-frozen items, melt and pour/dip, then freeze for a few minutes prior to eating.

Question of the Day:

Isn’t PMS wonderful?  Hehe, now that you’ve read this post, your answer’s supposed to be “yes!” P.S. How much do you want to kill every boy who’s ever asked you, “Is it that time of the month?” To all the boys/men reading this: never ask us that question! 😉

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. danielle_veg says:

    I love how you molded the chocolate bars in waxed paper! Very creative. I was never a fan of Magic Shell, but you may have won me over for PMS! 😉

  2. Sarahishealthy says:

    Ahhh can’t stop laughing! When boys ask me that, I want to hit them on the head with a tampon! Seriously, by now they should know better!

    1. Jade C says:

      I love this reply!! It is soooo annoying – especially coming from a boyfriend :/

  3. abby says:

    oh pms lol! how do you come up with such funny names for all your recipes? so cute! and looks delicious as well. i still need to make your chocolate butter. :)

  4. Inspired says:

    OMG how good do frozen “Cookie Dough Babies” sound covered in your pms chocolate???
    MUST try! :)

  5. OMG I use to looovee magic shell!! thanks you for this recipe- it’s a must try. and as for PMS, I use to actually get nicer. Weird..and my (now ex) boyfriend would get all PMS-y. We just switched roles for a week haha.

  6. haha reading the entire post makes much more sense :-) PMS does look good!!
    And yes: those boys who ask SHOULD be slapped!
    I have yet to meet bloggie friends but definitely would love to!

  7. Inspired,
    That pretty much sounds like the best thing I’ve ever heard. You can’t go wrong with chocolate AND cookie dough! :)

  8. well im not sure if id use the phrase “wonderful” to describe it HEHE…. but it definitely gives us an excuse to adore our chocolate a little more! ohhhhh such horrible memories come to my mind in high school, of boys saying “she’s just angry cuz she’s got her ___ ” URrrGGhh! haha

    do boys not realize that psm also makes us angry and that they should be careful what they say around us unless they want the claws to come out!

  9. Mandiee says:

    Hahaha! I love how you used PMS to introduce this creation. Actually, I’ve never even heard of a magic shell! However, maybe I’ll have to try it now that yours sound so tempting. Chocolate is truly a cure-all!

    Have a lovely day!

  10. I used to love magic shell so much! Your version of it looks delicious and so much healthier than the store bought version. Next time I buy coconut oil, I will be making this right away!

  11. You are so funny with the PMS thing. Giggle!
    I used to love Chocolate Shell. I loved the crunchiness of it. I actually just saw a recipe for this on another site and they only used like 3 ingredients, coconut oil, chocolate and something else.

  12. Lindsey says:

    I think it’s beyond rude when guys make “that time of the month” remarks. Like they would know ANYTHING about PMS (bad kind)?! It just comes off as kind of an inappropriate sexist stereotype. Plus, I never get “bitchy” before my period, I just get killer cramps. Doesn’t effect how I treat others!

    Hooray for you turning PMS into a good thing!

  13. vegirl says:

    I want to go make a chocolate bar- yum. Actually I did something similar to that when I made chocolate for a peanut butter pie I made for my Dad’s birthday (I’m still salivating- it was a recipe from The Kind Diet!). There was leftover peanut butter chocolate and it was yummy! Actually…. I still have some…..

  14. Kate says:

    I made PMS bars! And can I just say that you are 100%, no 1000000%, correct when you say it is the BEST chocolate bar you will ever eat. My tongue was thanking me for… well it is STILL thanking me for this! So I had to come thank YOU!
    Thank you thank you! And now I must go to eat some more! :) :)

  15. Mmmm.. those bars look very good :)

  16. I don’t like PMS, but I like the medicine for it! 😉

    I love crunchy Magic Shell, good to know the ingredients aren’t so terrible just in case I don’t want to make anything from scratch and I’m in a PMS pinch, lol! Your version sounds wonderful, though! YUMM


  17. Katharina says:

    Oh my gosh who would’ve thought that coconut oil is the magic ingredient. It makes sense! And yes I agree, PMS is wonderful lol. It’s funny because I don’t get cranky when I’m on my period, but if I’m in a bad mood it’s simply because I’m annoyed hahaha!

    XOXO lovely lady!

  18. Bethany says:

    That looks delicious! I am definitely going to make it…today you know because, well…I can.

  19. Devyn says:

    I thought you were going to say PMS is wonderful because it is an excuse to eat more chocolate! :)

    1. Devyn,
      LOL! I’ve long given up looking for excuses to eat chocolate. There just aren’t enough excuses in existence for the amount of chocolate I wish to consume :) :).

  20. Oh my gosh! That is so cool that coconut oil can do that. I knew coconut oil would harden on ice cream, but I didn’t know that “magic shell” store-bought brand used coconut oil!

  21. Justine says:

    Luckily, my boyfriend knows not to ask that question. :)
    You are so ridiculously creative with your recipes! Even if you come up with something that doesn’t tempt my taste buds (I am still afraid of tofu) I am always intrigued.

  22. Stefanie says:

    That just made me want a bowl of “icecream” topped with chocolate.

  23. YES! I love this; any clever way to make someone uncomfortable by talking about the reproductive cycle is mine for the taking. very good

  24. Emily says:

    Hmm…never thought I’d say this, but…Bring on the PMS! :)

  25. Ilana says:

    Aww katie you are so cute. And yes this is fantastic.
    AND YES – my ex would always blame me being mad at him on PMS. NO! I’m just mad at you! My current boy knows never to use those words, although he does have a tendency to say “So, when are you getting your period?” when I get irritable. Jerk-y!
    PS – I’ve made so much chocolate butter in recent days that I went through my cocoa powder three times as fast as normal!

  26. Jess says:

    I don’t think a boy has ever asked me that question–I’m lucky 😀

    <3 jess

  27. shesarunner says:

    This recipe looks so good Katie! I always thought the bottled magic shell sounded so delicious…it reminded me of those soft serve DQ cones where you can get chocolate or vanilla dip and the shell dad used to eat those all the time but I’ve been lactose intolerant all my life (so I didn’t eat dairy pre-vegan days). PMS looks and sounds delicious…although that sentence sounds very strange.
    I think its annoying for men to assume they know anything about “that time of the month”…because they really don’t. And the truth is, they usually don’t want to know anything about it anyway. So why bother asking?

  28. Ahh PMS sounds wonderful!
    (That’s me trying to be funny 😉 )

    But really though, I’m all about simple, chocolate recipes so I *must* give this a try!

  29. Marianne says:

    Mmmm, chocolate.

  30. Great idea of how to mold them into chocolate bars. Frozen Chocolate Butter is fantastic! :)

  31. That’s pretty awesome! I want to make it into chocolate bars- yum!

  32. Can’t wait to give your PMS a try!! :) I haven’t had the “real thing” since high school and I can’t say I miss it either, lol…

  33. Lele says:

    This is brilliant. It’s insane to pay $$$$ for those irritatingly delicious chocolate coated ice cream concoctions when you can make it, more naturally, too, yourself! Yay!

  34. amandatrombley says:

    Just in the nick of time! I’m hosting a vegan ice cream party in two weeks and I’m going to try your chocolate magic shell!! Yay!

  35. Amy says:

    I am entering to win the Artisana giveaway and I want to make PMS Chocolate Bars!!!!

    They look soo good! 😀

  36. Liz says:

    that just makes so much sense… coconut oil!!! Thanks for discovering this for me, my mother loves those chocolate dipped cones from dairy queen but she knows she shouldn’t eat dairy!! this will blow her away! thanks katie 😀

    1. Aw I hope she likes them, Liz!!

  37. Kit-Kat says:

    I love my boy…..but hate when he asks infront of friends.

  38. Janeal says:

    I just found your blog today and already I’m already addicted and made your one minute chocolate cake, which my kids and I GOBBLED up (and it’s totally the BEST microwavable cake EVER!)! I tried to make the PMS to go on top, but I’m not sure it turned out right! I’ve never used the cocao bliss before and didn’t know what kind of texture it should have. It tastes really yummy, but is kind of crumbly looking (and tasting). There’s no way that is melting down to look as gooey and soft as yours did. Should I add more water? Or maybe honey, since I don’t have any agave? I also tried to roll it out in wax paper to make bars in the freezer and I seemed to have a lot of coconut oil coming out… is that normal too? Thank you!

    1. Hmmm… what sweetener did you use? If it’s crumbly, maybe your coconut oil hardened too quickly? Can you try melting it (for just a few seconds) in the microwave?

  39. Janeal says:

    I used honey since that was what I had on hand. It tastes great and froze really well, it just didn’t reheat smoothly at all. I tried it for a few seconds in the microwave, stirring, and trying a few more seconds, and ended up burning it trying to get it to smooth out. I’ve never used or even seen the cocao bliss, so I wasn’t sure what texture it normally had either. I’m actually heading to the store to buy garbonzo beans RIGHT now so that I can try your blondies and cookie dough dip. Yum!

  40. Ruth says:

    Again, the miraculous Katie pulls through with creative ideas for those of us who can’t do dairy, gluten, or sugar! What are your suggestions, Katie, in order to create sugar free sugar free chocolate chips? You know, to get a the shape right? You rock! My mom made me your spice cake for Christmas with the cashew icing and it was awesome!

    1. I don’t know :-?. Maybe they make molds like that?

      I was thinking of looking for a Hershey Kiss mold and making “kisses” to put on my peanut butter cookies :).

  41. Ruth says:

    Yeah, that’s a good Idea :) I’ll look for something suitable at the place where I can pick up candy molds really cheap

  42. Sondra says:

    Hey Katie, I don’t know if you ever check your old posts, but using your magic post I just made an amazing Peanut Butter Magic Shell sauce.

    3 tbs peanut butter
    2 tbs coconut oil
    2 tsp raw honey

    Blend until smooth, pour over Volume Ice Cream and top with chocolate shavings, chocolate chips or a second layer of chocolate magic shell for a reesee’s sundae! So decadent my fiance grabbed my bowl half-way through and told me “I don’t believe this is diet friendly, you’re going to regret it if you eat the whole bowl!” I got the bowl back though… 😀 Let me know what you think if you try it!!!

    1. Oh wow, that sounds so good. Thanks a TON for sharing!

    2. margaret vasquez says:

      mmm that sounds soo good!

  43. Ruth says:

    And I found a hershey’s kisses candy mold for only a couple of bucks! It was at Bulk Barn (Canadian Chain), yes, I live up north, I need chocolate to stay warm!!). They also have a heart shaped spring form pan and some silicone heart shaped muffin pans I think I will buy next week. I’ve been frustrated so far using regular muffin pans for gluten free baking and someone suggested silicone.

    1. Oh wow, I am so jealous you found them! I’ve had my eye out. Maybe I’ll have to break down and buy some online…

  44. Ruth says:

    You just might :) Bulk Barn has saved my ass and my wallet so many times :) They sell bulk gluten free flours at affordable prices and have a tonne of fun baking stuff like various cake pans of fun shapes and lots of different candy molds.