On a really, REALLY hot day, I got an email from the folks at Smucker’s asking me if I wanted to try some ice cream toppings. I almost never buy stuff in squeeze bottles, especially if I can make something similar myself. BUT, as I said, it was SOOO hot outside and the idea of eating ice cream with yummy things on top was very appealing.
So here follows my report on various Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings including two new Magic Shell flavors, all of which were provided by the very affable Smucker’s company. (But I bought the ice cream…lots of it.)
We (I had a couple buddies over to taste with me) started with the Root Beer Magic Shell® flavor. The directions are pretty simple. You have to shake, shake, shake the bottle and NEVER refrigerate it. IF it seems too thick, you just run it under hot water. You squeeze it out over the ice cream and within seconds a magic shell forms, just as advertised. The Root Beer Magic Shell looks like dark chocolate, so it IS a surprise when you taste it. Over vanilla ice cream, it tastes a bit like a root beer float. Interesting, but I’m not sure I’d like it over anything but vanilla ice cream.
Next we tried the Pink Lemonade Magic Shell® flavor. Yup, I said that right – Pink Lemonade. We shook that bottle too. It looked really pretty on top of the vanilla ice cream. And it tasted exactly like creamy pink lemonade. It would be the perfect thing for a little girl’s party or a fun addition to a summer barbecue. Basically anywhere that you serve pink lemonade, you could serve this.
The next two toppings were more appealing taste-wise to me and my testers – Butterscotch and Hot Milk Chocolate. They were from the “Microwavable Ice Cream Toppings” collection. I had actually asked Smucker’s to send me a regular chocolate Magic Shell or other chocolate topping flavor to use as a control. But they didn’t, so I only tasted “special” flavors, (which was probably for the best). These toppings have to go in the fridge after opening (unlike the Magic Shell ones, which should not be refrigerated). And they go into the microwave before serving. In fact, they HAVE to go into the microwave. Straight from the refrigerator, they are almost solid and completely unpourable.
First we tried Hot Milk Chocolate. I’m much more of a dark chocolate fan, but, luckily, this tasted more dark than milk chocolate usually does. It certainly looked like dark chocolate, but I think I would have preferred one of the classic darker chocolate flavors.
We ended with the butterscotch topping. The first time we all tasted it, we thought it was too sweet. On a second tasting a few days later, I liked it. It has a pleasant caramel-like flavor and it was nice and thick.
The best part of the microwavable bottles was that part of the label is “thermochromatic”. It changes color with the temperature. There’s a small black circle on the bottom of the front label. After it’s heated up (with the lid flipped open), the word HOT becomes visible in red letters in that little circle. Very cool.
As with many things, I think the standard flavors are probably the best, but the Root Beer and Pink Lemonade Magic Shell® flavors would be fun at a kid’s party or a summer bash. The other two fit the bill any time.
These are not for the diet conscious, so they should be an occasional treat.