Sunday, September 30, 2012

VCO Magic Shell Ice Cream topping DIY

In a previous post, I showed how we made our own Virgin Coconut oil - VCO.  Since then I have discovered a couple of really cool and yummy recipes for making your own Magic Shell ice cream topping and chocolate candy as well!

We use raw cacao, roasted and from local farms. It has been pressed into tablet form and we use a nutmeg grater pulverize it finely. You can use cocoa powder. Cacao or pure cocoa is one of the best anti-oxidents on the planet, so it's also a sneaky way to get something really healthy into my daughter and hubby, who are both fussy eaters.

For the chocolate Magic Shell ice cream topping you only need 3 basic ingredients, but you can also add anything else you want in the topping like chopped nuts, dried berries or candy sprinkles. Basically whatever you like to put on ice cream! Plus you can double up the recipe if you have a lot of people eating ice cream.

It's a really fun project for kids and VCO is one of the healthiest things you can feed kids, virgin coconut oil has over 160 health benefits.


1/2 cup VCO
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or more if you like it more bitter or more chocolaty

Raw sugar to taste

Tiny pinch of salt (optional) but adds flavor

You can warm the VCO just above room temperature, then remove, melt the raw sugar and throw in a pinch of salt. Mix together till everything is melted and then pour over ice cream....IT'S THAT SIMPLE!!

STEP 1: Pour VCO into any container.

STEP 2: Add cocoa powder to the VCO.  We are fortunate that nearby, there is a lady who makes pure roasted cacao bean and forms them into tablets, called Tablea. We grate them very fine with a nutmeg grater over the virgin coconut oil.  The coconut oil in the smaller bottle is solid, because we had it in my air conditioned room, but the VCO we used for the base of the Magic Shell was liquid.

STEP 3:  Add sugar to the VCO and cocoa power. Mix till disolved.
When you have the cocoa, vco, sugar and salt mixed may then add the chopped nuts, berries or anything else you want to the magic shell mix.
I added chopped walnuts to my Magic chocolate shell mixture. Pour the mixture over ice cream and in less than a minute it forms a crunchy chocolate shell over the ice cream!

A happy magic shell ice cream topping tester!!


Follow the exact same instructions above. Make as thick or thin as you want your chocolate bars to be. Place in freezer for a few minutes!! Instant chocolate candy which is actually good for you!!!

I learned how to make this candy compliments of my dear friend Daniw over at Bahay Kalipay in Puerto Princesa,  In the foreground is my ravaged chocolate bar. Before I could take a photo of the whole bar, the kids came and pillaged it while I was getting a new battery for my camera!!  In this bar I added chopped walnut and chopped dried cranberries!
Here is a lady selling e-books with over 80 raw chocolate and healthy recipes. I think I will order them.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Going for Solar Energy

We have had to learn to live with quite a few electrical brownouts here in Puerto Princesa. Dave has installed diesel generators to compensate and run our refrigerator and air con, which he loves so much. The generators run on bio diesel, but when the brownouts last for 10 hours or more, it's also costly.

To compensate, we have added more solar lighting and recently, 4 large solar panels which now handle the water pump and lights in the kitchen, as well as a fan at my desk and a couple of outlets for laptops and such. All of our lights are LED.

We get all of our solar panels and lights(except for the one charging the electric motorbike) from a solar store in Puerto Princesa. They are in a breezeway before David's salon on Rizal Avenue. Moving soon to a store in front soon.

Here is their info if you are interested:
Photovoltaic Solar Center, Door #4 Lustre Building, Rizal Avenue, 5300 Puerto Princesa City, Puerto Princesa, Philippines(048) 4346940
Mobile No. 09088937191 email =

We also charge our electric motorbikes with solar panels.

This is an LED 12 volt solar powered bulb and some scrap bamboo to hide the unsightly wires hanging down.
These solar LED lights last me all day over my desk while I work. When it rains and is overcast, they use so little battery life that I have run it without it ever going out.

A different solar light system in Dave's internet hut.
This is the controller and battery unit for the light above. It also charges our cell phones. One is charging above the unit in this photo.

Dave added another solar collector on the boat. This one is to keep the aux battery charged. It starts the motor and runs the exterior and interior overhead lights and marker lights.

Solar Controller, battery, and inverter to 220V AC

One of the problems we had when the power went out, is that it became dark in the kitchen and the water pump would not run. So Dave hooked those up to the large solar panels. This way if we are not around and no one can start the generator, the staff can still cook and have water.

All of our lights are on solar as well as electrical plugs which run my PC, three fans and all the LED lights.