Magic Shell Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Aug 03, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jul 16, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

This chocolate magic shell is the perfect topping for ice cream and other desserts and it’s so easy to make! Made with just two simple ingredients in 5 minutes, it’s an effortless way to elevate all of your favorite sweet treats.

A white ramekin filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with dripping chocolate homemade magic shell.

Two of my favorite indulgences are a Ted Drewes chocolate chip concrete and a Dairy Queen dip cone. What do they have in common? Magic shell! It’s so easy to make this treat at home so I can enjoy it whenever I get the urge!

It’s a great for topping ice cream and hardens beautifully, but it’s also an incredible pie topping! I used it instead of chocolate shavings on this French Silk Pie. I dare you to not use it on all of your favorite desserts!

The liquid chocolate that hardens when it is drizzled over something cold and it forms a shell that is such a delight to crack into!

A white bowl full of homemade magic shell.

It’s such a simple way to add your own touch to store bought desserts. So effortless yet fancy enough for company!

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A white bowl full of homemade magic shell.

Chocolate Magic Shell Ingredients

You just need 2 simple ingredients to make this yummy dessert topping!

  • Chocolate Chips – You can use whatever your favorite chocolate is or whatever matches the dessert you are topping. Dark, semi-sweet, milk and white all work well. You can also use vegan chocolate.
  • Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is the best oil to use for this chocolate shell. The fat solidifies as soon as it touches the cold ice cream. Substitute vegetable oil in a pinch.
A bottle of coconut oil and a cup of chocolate chips.

How To Make Magic Shell

You can make the magic shell in the microwave or on the stovetop.

A marble surface with a bowl of chocolate chips.

Microwave

  1. Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds in microwave and stir.
  2. Continue in 15 second increments until smooth.

Stovetop

  1. Heat chocolate and oil in a bain-marie. ELABORTATE
  2. Stir until smooth.
This chocolate magic shell is the perfect topping for ice cream and other desserts and it's so easy to make! Made with just two simple ingredients in 5 minutes, it's an effortless way to elevate all of your favorite sweet treats.

Variations

You can easily add in different ingredients to make this magic shell really special!

  • Strawberry Magic Shell – Process freeze dried strawberries into a powder and use white chocolate chips.
  • Matcha Magic Shell – Go green by adding matcha powder into white chocolate.
  • Salted Magic Shell – Add thick flakes of sea salt into a dark chocolate shell.
  • Peanut Butter Magic Shell
A white ramekin filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with dripping chocolate homemade magic shell.

Optional Additions

  • Orange Zest
  • Vanilla

Tips

Make Ahead

Chocolate magic shell is a great make ahead topping and it has a long shelf life. Store in a glass container at room temperature and enjoy for up to 1 month! Just give it a stir before using it.

A white ramekin filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with dripping chocolate homemade magic shell.

To Store

Room Temperature – Magic shell is best kept at room temperature or it will harden. If you do decide to keep it in your fridge, you can reheat it in the microwave before using it.

Serving Suggestions

A white ramekin filled with homemade magic shell.

Magic shell is amazing on ice cream, but I also love dipping homemade popsicles and fudgesicles in it! It’s also great to coat frozen fruit in it, bananas and strawberries work really well!

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A white ramekin filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with dripping chocolate homemade magic shell.

More Easy Dessert Toppings

Originally published June 2013

A white ramekin filled with vanilla ice cream and covered with dripping chocolate homemade magic shell.

Magic Shell Recipe

Julie Blanner
It only takes 5 minutes and 2 ingredients to make this homemade magic shell recipe. The perfect topping for cold desserts!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 286 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup chocolate chips milk, semi-sweet, white or dark
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds in microwave and stir.
  • Continue in 15 second increments until smooth.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Chocolate Chips – Dark, semi-sweet, milk and white all work well, even vegan chocolate.
  • Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is the best oil to use for this chocolate shell. The fat solidifies as soon as it touches the cold ice cream. Substitute vegetable oil in a pinch.

Optional Additions

  • Orange Zest
  • Vanilla

Variations

  • Strawberry Magic Shell – Process freeze dried strawberries into a powder and use white chocolate chips.
  • Matcha Magic Shell – Go green by adding matcha powder into white chocolate.
  • Salted Magic Shell – Add thick flakes of sea salt into a dark chocolate shell.
  • Peanut Butter Magic Shell

Make Ahead

Chocolate magic shell is a great make ahead topping and it has a long shelf life. Store in a glass container at room temperature and enjoy for up to 1 month! Just give it a stir before using it.

To Store

Room Temperature – Magic shell is best kept at room temperature or it will harden. If you do decide to keep it in your fridge, you can reheat it in the microwave before using it.

Nutrition

Calories:286kcalCarbohydrates:31gProtein:2gFat:18gSaturated Fat:13gCholesterol:7mgSodium:31mgFiber:1gSugar:28gVitamin A:101IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:52mgIron:1mg
Keywords chocolate shell, magic shell
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