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The Magic of PMS

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! 😉

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Published on June 6, 2010

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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 😀

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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