Ah, summer... when it's not strawberry shortcakes for breakfast, it's ice-cream for snack time. Every afternoon. I think our kids don't even know it is possible to go out to the pool without a popsicle or ice cream cone in their hand.
I am literally never tempted to buy fast food, or conventional junk food, when out and about. Not even if the kids are all hungry, and I am tired. Just the thought grosses me out. BUT: I have one major weakness. That weakness is chocolate dipped cones from Dairy Queen.
It's not like I indulge in this treat often - maybe once a year at the most. If nothing else, it costs a small fortune by the time I buy one for each of the kids plus myself. Then my husband makes fun of me, and tells me how I am going to die from the soft-serve ice cream, which is a notorious cause of food poisoning. Truth be told, I have never once gotten sick from it, or even felt ill, which is not helping my craving for this no doubt entirely unhealthy treat. Once a year won't kill me, right??
Then, last week, my life dramatically changed for the better when a friend shared a recipe for chocolate shells like the ones used for dipped cones (I think at the store it is sold as "Magic Shell"). So easy, so quick, and SO GOOD! And - the recipe only uses two ingredients!!!
1 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
In a double boiler, or directly in a small pot over low heat if you are careful, gently melt coconut oil and chocolate chips. Stir until smooth.
To use, simply dip and swirl ice cream cones in the chocolate sauce, and allow about 30 seconds for the shell to harden. Or, drizzle onto a bowl of ice cream.
Transfer leftovers to a canning jar and store in the refrigerator. It will solidify in the fridge, but become liquid again at room temperature, or if you run the jar under warm water.
P.S.: We use these cones, and these chocolate chips. To make your own chocolate chips with honey, please see this recipe. For ice cream, you can make your own using raw cream and frozen fruit (such as bananas or dates). If that is not an option, Alden's makes some good organic ice cream.