Today's challenge is perfectly timed with this hot weather that has been blanketing the country. It's ice cream related. My challenge restaurant this week is Dairy Queen!
The vast menu of DQ gave me lots of options to choose from for my challenge. From Blizzards to Peanut Buster parfaits, waffle bowl sundaes to Dilly bars, most of treats are made from soft serve ice cream and different inclusions. What I usually order when I head to DQ is a vanilla cone, dipped in cherry red shell. Simple, delicious. Love it.
There are lots of recipes out there for chocolate magic shell. Simple combine chocolate chips with some coconut oil and you've made yourself magic shell. Cherry magic shell is a little bit more tricky. I had to make a few batches to get this one right. I started out with white chocolate and coconut oil, with cherry extract. That batch tasted like coconut magic shell. Not quite what I was going for.
Batch two I swapped out the coconut oil for grape seed oil. Grape seed oil is perfect for this because it lends no flavor to the magic shell. It wasn't there yet, because the cherry flavor wasn't strong enough. That red stuff from Dairy Queen really tastes like cherries. Well, fake cherry flavoring actually. I decided to swap out the cherry extract for cherry candy oil. It's a much more potent flavoring and matched with a little vanilla extract, made for just the right combination. I threw in a big dash of red food coloring and I finally came out with magic in a jar.
Now I don't need to drive halfway across New Jersey to get myself a DQ vanilla cone.