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Homemade Magic Shell

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Today we’re sharing a quick and easy recipe for Homemade Magic Shell!  It’s so simple and takes only two ingredients – it can hardly be called a recipe – but it’s a delicious way to have some fun with your kids the next time you enjoy some ice cream!

Magic Shell is a syrup that hardens into a crispy shell when it’s poured onto a cold surface like ice cream.  It was first invented in Australia and marketed under the name Ice Magic – but here in the United States, it’s marketed by Smuckers under the Magic Shell name.

Homemade Magic Shell - A Family Feast

Just melt chocolate chips and coconut oil together in the microwave and stir to combine.  Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature and then pour or spoon it over a bowl of ice cream or dip a frozen ice cream pop into the syrup.

Homemade Magic Shell - A Family Feast

Allow it to set for a minute to two until it hardens – then have fun cracking your homemade magic shell into your ice cream!

Homemade Magic Shell - A Family Feast

This homemade magic shell should be kept at room temperature in an air tight container or jar.  If the chocolate hardens, just microwave again for a minute or so until it melts back to pouring consistency.

Homemade Magic Shell

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

Homemade Magic Shell


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil


  1. Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a deep microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for a few more seconds until the chips have all melted. Stir to combine.
  2. Allow to cool to room temperature before spooning over ice cream or using as a coating on a frozen ice cream pop.
  3. Note: Using a higher proportion of coconut oil versus the chocolate will result in a thinner shell so feel free to adapt the recipe to your liking.

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  1. I loved Magic Shell as a kid, I’m ashamed to say my kids have never tried it! I’m pinning this to treat them!
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  2. Lillace Christianson :

    Genius! Thanks so much for posting this! Hubby loves the dipped cones at McD’s and I’ve tried making them with the purchased chocolate, but they didn’t turn out well. Can’t wait to try this! Have a great day!

  3. Dianne Westmoreland :

    Where do you buy Coconut oil?

    • Hi Dianne – I’ve seen it at Walmart as well as my local supermarket recently. Or – Whole Foods or Amazon would definitely have it too. It’s sold in a jar (it’s solid like butter until you heat it up) usually with the other oils. Hope that helps!

    • I found Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at a BJ’s near me and have also seen at Trader Joe’s. Just made the magic shell because I make a homemade ice cream cake and that is the topping along with M&M’s….fabulous!

  4. Can you use this with Melting Chocolate instead of chocolate chips? I’m not a fan of chocolate chips…. Thanks

  5. We recently discovered that one of my kids is allergic to coconut. Do you know if this would work with a different type of oil?

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