Magic Shell Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Apr 27, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jun 21, 2013 | 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.

2 ingredient homemade magic shell recipe

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!

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

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.
2 ingredient homemade magic shell recipe

How To Make Magic Shell

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

  • Microwave – Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil for 30 seconds in microwave and stir. Continue in 15 second increments until smooth.
  • Stovetop – Heat the chocolate oil in a bain-marie, stirring until smooth.

Variations

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

  • Add a little flakey sea salt into a dark chocolate shell
  • Add vanilla extract to a milk chocolate sauce.
  • Process freeze dried strawberries into a powder and add them into white chocolate chips.
  • Go green by adding matcha powder into white chocolate.
2 ingredient homemade magic shell recipe

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.

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

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!

2 ingredient homemade magic shell recipe

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2 ingredient homemade magic shell recipe

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!
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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.

Variations

  • Sea Salt 
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Orange Zest
  • Process freeze dried strawberries into a powder and add them into white chocolate chips.
  • Matcha Powder into white chocolate.

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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