Full disclosure: I did not set out to make magnum ice creams.
Instead, I set out to make a simple caramel slice, which was delicious by the way, but on this particularly warm day I decided to pop the remaining slices into the freezer.
The result was simply accidental genius. And best yet – it was ridiculously simple to make.
The moment I realised I had created homemade magnums out of just 7 ingredients (cashew, dates, water, coconut milk, vanilla extract, salt and chocolate), I was literally at a lost for words. So naturally, I substituted words for a little dance around my hall…oh, and there may have been several “WHOOP WHOOP” sounds that escaped my lips… but hey – don’t judge! A lady has to celebrate somehow! Anyhow, let’s get to making these yummy Magnums!
The above shot is a picture of the frozen caramel ice cream before it was coated with dark chocolate. It’s the result of blitzing soaked cashews, softened dates, vanilla extract, coconut milk and a little salt, until smooth! And then I froze it in a loaf tin lined with cling wrap, and cut portions out of it with a cookie cutter. Mmm, caramelly deliciousness!
P.s. I used dried dates in this recipe and added water to them for the sake of cost and convenience! I’m sure you could use fresh medjool dates in place of these but you’re going to have to reduce the amount of (or even maybe omit) the water used in this recipe.
I’m currently working on a different recipe where I can separate out the caramel and vanilla portions so I can get that swirly duality of colours (gotta love that contrast between that butterscotch brown and creamy white!) but I’m almost glad I did them together at first because it’s just, well, a little less work – Haha! Just chuck everything into a food processor and you’re essentially good to go.
Here are the completed magnums, each roughly the size of my palm. I got creative and attempted to recreate the ripple effect on the chocolate by allowing the initial chocolate coating to set, and then running a hair dryer over it… and voila! Ripple effect achieved! (Talk about multiple uses for household gadgets! Love!)
Anyhow, I do hope you try this recipe. It is simple to make, definitely delicious, and also much healthier* than a store-bought Magnum – SCORE! :)
*Dates do contain natural sugars but are also high in fibre and other goodies!