Remember the feeling of awe and wonder the first time you saw melted chocolate magically set over your ice cream, forming a crunchy shell? Now there’s no need to buy the bottled stuff, because you can make your own quick-setting ice cream topping. Just combine chocolate with a little vegetable oil. Nearly any type of chocolate—milk, bittersweet, or semisweet (but not unsweetened)—will work. It’s a fun and easy way to fancy up your next ice cream social.
Game plan: Instead of the labor-intensive process of tempering chocolate, use this topping as a quick alternative for dipping ice cream bars. Just remember to double this recipe to ensure that you have enough chocolate to coat all the bars; and note that while the coating will be delicious, it will not have the same crunchy snap as tempered chocolate.