Magic Chocolate Topping

Discover the science behind this magic chocolate topping that hardens as soon as it touches ice cream.

What You Need:

  • Chocolate

  • Copha or Coconut Oil

What You Do:

  1. Add 2 parts Chocolate to 1 part Copha/Coconut Oil.

  2. Heat in a microwave in 10 second intervals until melted.

  3. Pour over ice cream and watch the chocolate topping instantly harden.

How It Works:

As you have probably figured out the key ingredient behind the magic chocolate topping is Coconut Oil (Copha is made from hydrogenated coconut oil). The coconut oil allows the chocolate topping to harden on contact with the cold ice cream because of its relatively high melting point of around 25℃. This means that as long as the temperature is at least 25℃, coconut oil will stay in liquid form. If you were to cool it down, it freezes into a solid.

What Next?

You can store the chocolate topping in the pantry in a sealed container. If it goes hard warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave. You might also like to try making your own Ice Cream in a Bag to go with the magic chocolate topping!