The Good: Flavorful, Inexpensive, Easy to use,
The Bad: Not overly nutritious
The Basics: My wife and I are glad we gave Smucker’s a second chance with their Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping for ice cream because it is quite delicious!
It is a rare thing that I give a brand a second chance when I have a lousy first experience with the product. And yet, with Smucker’s, who made the Cupcake Magic Shell Topping (reviewed here!), which I was not at all fond of, we wanted to. So, we picked up their Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping. Fortunately, it was pretty wonderful!
The Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping is part of Smucker’s ice cream topping line and it worked exceptionally well. The 7.25 oz. bottle has a large flip top which allows one to squeeze the fluid out onto ice cream, whereupon it is supposed to solidify into a candy/frosting shell. This is a fun, clever idea, and the execution of the topping is well-done!
Ease Of Preparation
Shaking well is essential to Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping, and the two parts of the fluid mix very easily to make a single, smooth fluid. Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell proved to me that the product is like an epoxy that then reacts with the cold temperature of ice cream. One needs to shake the product up quite a bit, then dispense it by flipping the top and giving it about a minute to set on ice cream. It is that easy and the Chocolate Fudge flavor mixed its two parts very easily. It only took about five shakes of the bottle to mix the fluids inside and as long as one does not refrigerate it, it remains viable!
For all of my ice cream topping reviews, I am utilizing Blue Bunny Chocolate Chip ice cream (reviewed here!) as it provides a neutral flavor base.
On its own, the dark brown fluid actually tastes just like chocolate fudge, like it is supposed to. However, it is a little sweeter than one might otherwise expect.
The Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell takes about thirty seconds to solidify. In its solid form, the sweetness is cut quite a bit. The chocolate fudge flavor is thick and dry, though there is a slight waxy aftertaste to it. While it might not be the darkest chocolate flavor, the chocolate fudge embodies exactly what one expects from the flavor; it almost tastes like a liquefied brownie poured onto ice cream!
Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping is a dessert topping therefore not the most nutritious things in the known world. I was shocked that there was nothing unrecognizable in the Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping. The primary ingredients are sugar, sunflower oil, and coconut oil. It is not vegan compliant as a result of milk solids in it.
What is not a mystery is how high this product is in sugars. In each 2 Tb serving of Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping, there are 210 calories, one hundred forty of which are from fat. There are 7 grams of saturated fat, so one serving of this wipes out almost half one’s ability to enjoy products with saturated fat for a day! There is no cholesterol, but a consumer gets 2% of their recommended daily allowance of sodium out of a single serving of this topping! There is a little protein, but not enough to live off this. In other words, this product is not a nutritious food product.
When one leaves the Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping in its bottle at room temperature, it is usable and shaking ours up worked well to mix it. Our bottle had an expiration date in September 2014 and I imagine it would have kept at least until then, had we not already enjoyed it.
This is a very dark – as is appropriate for chocolate – fluid, so it will stain anything light! Cleanup is easy with very hot water, but anything less is liable to leave a fabric stained.
Chocolate Fudge Magic Shell Topping is a great way to make a mediocre ice cream into a flavorful, delightful dessert!
For other ice cream toppings, please visit my reviews of:
Reese’s Peanut Butter Topping
Heath Shell Ice Cream Topping
York Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Sundae Syrup
Dr. Pepper Cherry Dessert Topping
For other ice cream reviews, please visit my Ice Cream Review Index Page!
© 2013 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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