Magic Shell is the perfect topping for ice cream. This Magic Shell Recipe only requires 2 ingredients and is easy to make.

Magic Shell in a jar with a spoon
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Homemade Magic Shell Recipe:

When I was a kid, we always topped our ice cream with Magic Shell. It is basically chocolate syrup that hardens on your ice cream. It creates a harden shell on your ice cream but still soft enough to get a bite with your ice cream.

This Magic Shell recipe only require 2 Ingredients. The ingredients are as simple as a bag of chocolate chips and some coconut oil. Of course you can grab some at the store, but with the simple process we like making it homemade.

Celebrate with an ice cream bar for your family and friends and make this magic shell recipe. The recipe is budget friendly and saves time.

Ice cream in a white bowl with magic shell on top.

What is Magic Shell?

Magic Shell makes your ice cream ten times better. It is fun to see it harden when it is poured over ice cream. The chocolate syrup immediately hardens when topped over ice cream.

You can easily find Magic Shell at the grocery store located with the other syrups but with only 2 ingredients, we like making it at home. Place the ingredients in a bowl and heat in the microwave until creamy.

It can easily be stored in the pantry then reheated to be used multiple times.

Ingredients needed - chocolate chips and coconut oil

Ingredients: 

  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips 
  • Refined Coconut Oil 

How to Make Magic Shell: 

  • Combine Ingredients – Stir together the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl
  • Heat until Combine – Heat in 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring well after each interval until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
The process of making Magic Shell.
  • Let Chocolate Cool – Allow the chocolate to cool uncovered until the chocolate is barely warm (approximately 15-20 minutes).  Stir every 5 minutes so that the chocolate cools evenly.  
  • Pour Chocolate over Ice Cream- Then pour over ice cream, top with your favorite ice cream toppings.  Let sit for 30 seconds to harden and then it’s ready to enjoy. 
Magic shell in a bowl of ice cream

What makes Magic Shell Harden?

The coconut oil is what makes the Magic Shell Harden. The combination of the chocolate and coconut oil hardens into a shell when poured over cold ice cream.

The chocolate shell gets a dull appearance but it is fun and satisfying when it works its magic. Coconut oil has a high amount of fat. It is solid at room temperature but when heated it melts.

When you melt the chocolate and coconut oil together it becomes a melt smooth, gooey consistency that is perfect for ice cream. But when it becomes in contact with ice cream, it makes the coconut oil harden because of the cool contact.

Magic Shell in a jar with a spoon.

How to Store Magic Shell?

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.  If it re-solidifies, reheat it in the microwave in 15-20 intervals until it is a liquid again.

Store bought Magic Shell can be stored at room temperature as well.

Ice cream in a white bowl with magic shell on top.

Magic Shell Tips:

  • Use a dry bowl – When adding the chocolate chips and the coconut oil to the bowl, make sure there is no water in the bowl. Water can cause the chocolate to not to melt.
  • Melt ingredients in intervals – To help the chocolate melt evenly, heat and intervals stirring until completed melted. This also helps the chocolate from burning.
  • Cool before using – Before pouring chocolate onto your ice cream, make sure you let it cool. If you pour the chocolate mixture on the ice cream to soon it will melt your ice cream. It will take about 20 minutes to cool.

Can I make Magic Shell with a Double Boiler?

Yes, you can melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler. This is a great alternative if you don’t have a microwave.

Ice cream in a white bowl with magic shell on top.

Variation Ideas:

  • Coconut Oil – We used refined coconut oil which has a plain flavor. You can also use Virgin Coconut Oil but your magic shell will have a coconut flavor.
  • Try Different Chocolate – If you prefer you can use different types of chocolate. Try Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate for a fun twist on this Magic Shell Recipe.
  • Use Magic Shell for other things – Magic Shell just isn’t for Ice Cream. Drizzle magic shell works over fresh fruit or over yogurt.
  • Homemade Hot Fudge – If you love chocolate topping, then you must try making Homemade Hot Fudge.
  • Make Chocolate Covered Bananas – Dip a frozen banana in the Magic Shell for an amazing treats.
  • Chocolate Fudge Bars – If you have fudge bars, dip them in the chocolate then in chopped pecans.
  • Make a Frozen Yogurt Parfait – I love parfaits and adding chocolate shell to it really makes it so fun to eat. I top with frozen strawberries and granola and it is an amazing healthier treat.
Ice cream in a white bowl with magic shell on top.

Ice Cream Bars are a Crowd Pleaser:

If you are looking for a great way to get the kids to hang out at your house, invite them over for a ice cream bar. Get different types of ice cream, fill bowls with all the toppings and Magic Shell.

Top the ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry.

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Magic Shell Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Magic Shell is the perfect topping for ice cream. This Magic Shell Recipe only requires 2 ingredients and is easy to make.
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cool completely 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 212

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Stir together the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Heat in 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring well after each interval until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Allow the chocolate to cool uncovered until the chocolate is barely warm (approximately 15-20 minutes).  Stir every 5 minutes so that the chocolate cools evenly.
  • Then pour over ice cream, top with your favorite ice cream toppings.  Let sit for 30 seconds to harden and then it’s ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.  If it re-solidifies, reheat it in the microwave in 15-20 intervals until it is a liquid again.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 212kcal, Carbohydrates 16g, Protein 2g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 4g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 2mg, Sodium 3mg, Potassium 170mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 15IU, Calcium 19mg, Iron 2mg

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