Just curious. Does anyone have the foggiest idea what Smucker’s Magic Shell is? I came across it while innocently searching for malted milk powder.
The Quest for Malted Milk PowderThe malted milk powder quest started after our drive back from Laytonville a few weeks back. We got sidetracked in Crescent City, in search of Haagen Dazs bars, and found ourselves winding into Oregon on HWY 199 much later than planned. We passed the time with some of Matthew Amster-Burton and Molly Wizenberg’s Spilled Milk podcasts. Pavel and I were a little giddy from the late night driving, and their humor matched ours perfectly.
Episode 3, milkshakes, especially resonated. When we got home, inspired by the podcast and a fresh delivery of milk from Noris Dairy (non-homogenized, with a nice plug of cream on top), I pulled down my jar of malted milk powder, planning a tall glass of frothy malted milk. Instead, I found out what happens when moisture gets in the jar: you get a solid brick of powder.
Ever since, I’ve been on a quest for a new jar. I checked Whole Foods, knowing they wouldn’t have it. Strike one. I looked at New Seasons, assuming their mix of local, natural, and mainstream foods would include it. Strike two. I gave in and stopped at Safeway, not even imagining they wouldn’t have any. Strike three. Today I stopped at Fred Meyers, hoping to get lucky. Who knew you could get a strike four call?
But I did find cupcake flavored magic shell.
I am seriously out of step with modern life. Magic Shell is apparently a magic substance that hardens when you put it on ice cream, only to be shattered with a spoon and stirred into your ice cream (and here I’ve been perfectly happy with some toasted nuts for added crunch).
But what the heck is ‘cupcake flavor’? Last I checked, there were vanilla cupcakes, Red Velvet cupcakes, German chocolate cupcakes (I’ve been meaning to try those!), Black-Bottom cupcakes, lemon cupcakes...you get the picture. Perhaps the flavor is a cupcake fusion, a veritable cupcake explosion in your mouth. Yum yum.
And another grocery store find from this cranky shopper: Sippah Milk Flavoring Straws. This is apparently a straw fashioned from cookies (Oreos, Chips Ahoy…). After sipping your milk through them, you eat them. Apparently they’re filled with “special Unibeads that…dissolve and turn boring white milk into a healthy snack…” I certainly wouldn’t have guessed that!
I wonder about a world where the grocery store offers oddly flavored concoctions for science experiments in your ice cream bowl and milk glass, but no malted milk powder for a good old-fashioned ice cream malt.
What about it? Does anyone know who in Portland sells Carnation or Horlicks malted milk powder? Or do I just have to order it online?