I am always looking for new treats for my grandchildren. After all, I don’t want to lose my “cool” grandma status.
Recently, I picked up some no sugar added ice cream for them. They were less than impressed with the flavor without all of that extra sugar added in.
However, rather than throw away a perfectly good half-gallon of ice cream, I decided to try some toppings to disguise the lack of extra sugar in their treat.
One of the products I picked up was Smucker’s Magic Shell in Chocolate Fudge. It promised to form a hard chocolate shell over the ice cream within minutes of application. But did it work?
The answer to that is both yes and no. Although I shook the bottle vigorously before applying the chocolate, it seemed none to eager to be anything but chocolate syrup. What was supposed to take one or two minutes actually took closer to five and that was only because I put the ice cream dishes into the freezer.
Needless to say by then my grandchildren were chomping at the bit to eat their ice cream. Yet I was determined to get that shell no matter how long it took.
After five minutes a semi-hard shell did form over the top of the ice cream. It was good enough for the kids even if it did disappoint me. Nonetheless, I felt cheated that my nearly $3 purchase didn’t work the way it was supposed to.
The kids liked the taste overall and even the bite I took was pleasant on the palate. I guess sometimes you just have to settle for what you get.
Let’s talk nutrition. A serving size of Smucker’s Magic Shell in Chocolate Fudge is 2 Tbsp. That means there are roughly 6 servings in each 7.25 oz bottle.
However, there is a lot bad about this sweet treat. One serving represents 210 calories. Approximately two-thirds of those come from fat.
There are 16 grams of fat in Smucker’s Magic Shell in Chocolate Fudge. Of that total, 7 grams equate to saturated fat.
There are also 17 grams of carbohydrates and 16 grams of sugar. That means that individuals watching their intake of those items may wish to steer clear.
On a good note Smucker’s Magic Shell in Chocolate Fudge contains no cholesterol yet offers 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein. It also provides 2% of the daily-recommended dose of calcium and iron, based on a standard 2000 calorie diet.
Ingredients include cocoa, coconut oil, milk solids, salt, soy lecithin, sugar, sunflower oil and vanilla.
Smucker’s Magic Shell in Chocolate Fudge should be available wherever Smucker’s ice cream products are sold. It retails for around $2.79 a bottle.
Here is my summary review:
Performance: 3 stars. Smucker’s Magic Shell only hardened after I put the ice cream back in the freezer. That is contrary to what is advertised on the bottle.
Taste: 5 stars. The taste is delicious so the topping gets points for that.
Appearance: 5 stars: The topping looks pretty on ice cream; kind of like the topping of chocolate dipped cones. It’s just not as hard.
Nutrition: 3 stars. This isn’t a nutritional food in any way, shape or form. It contains too much fat and too many carbohydrates. It also contains 45 micrograms of sodium.
Ease of use: 3 stars. Using the product is simple. Getting it to work; however, not so much.
Packaging: 5 stars. Smucker’s Magic Shell in Chocolate Fudge comes in a brown bottle with a brown, beige, white and green label. It features a turtle to represent the hard shell. The Smucker’s label is easily seen. The overall effect is attractive.
Green value: 5 stars. The bottle is reuseable.
Ease of storage: 4 stars. The bottle is relatively small at about 6 Â½” in height by 3″ width and 1 Â½” in depth. It could easily into a pantry or cabinet. It should not; however, be stored in the refrigerator.
Availability: 5 stars. Smucker’s ice cream products are fairly common and should be available in most large grocery marts and chain discount department stores that have a significant food section.
Price: 3 stars. The cost is a little high, especially when it doesn’t work.
Product purchase probability: 2 stars. If my grandkids really clamor for it, I might purchase it again. Otherwise, no way!
Final rating: 4.1 stars. This product has both negatives and positives.
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor