Homemade Magic Shell

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Why would we have homemade magic shell in a healthy school lunches website? Because we believe that homemade is best.

Magic shell was one of those rare treats that made ice cream at home even more special as a child.  Now, with children of my own, I want them to enjoy some of those same treats I did as a kid.

Why make a homemade Magic Shell? I can save money and I have the ingredients in my pantry at all times.  It’s super easy too!  Two ingredients, about 30 seconds in the microwave (or stove top) and you have your own version of this delicious, ice cream topping.

It’s the perfect treat for celebrating the end another school week, a soccer game victory or maybe as dessert for a pizza and movie night.

However you choose to enjoy it, I can just about guarantee your kids will think you are a rock star for making this magical treat at home.

Homemade Magic Shell
Cuisine: Condiments
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Place coconut oil in a small microwave safe bowl or sauce pan along with chocolate chips.
  2. Heat in in microwave (or on stove top) for 30 seconds, stir.
  3. Repeat until both are entirely melted, creating a semi-thick sauce. Allow to cool to room temperature. Do not place in the refrigerator...it will harden!
  4. Spoon over ice cream and watch as the sauce magically turns into a hardened shell. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.




  1. Rebecca says

    Thanks so much for the recipe. I used a bag of Andes mint baking chips. My kids thought I was the most awesome mom ever!

  2. Crystal says

    This is great! I’ve made it with just about all the flavors of the chips out there, peanut butter, mint, reg chocolate, white chocolate. It’s even great for me since I can’t have foods with sugar, I buy the sugar free chocolate chips and I can make a small batch of magic shell for my sugar free ice cream. I may not be able to have all the flavors like everyone else can have, but at least I can have a little bit of goodness! And just a small note, a little does go a long way! ( BTW, I’m sure no one will be silly like me and try to use it with the health bits….silly me….those don’t melt…. ha ha!! duh! )

  3. Faith Taylor says

    Is there a reason this would get a little gritty after sitting? I had some leftover and stored it in a container in my pantry but when I tried to use it again it was a little gritty? Have you seen this happen?

  4. Kristin Miller says

    SHut the front door…. I cant believe that is all it is.. Magic Shell is my fav and I am the Momma… I may share with my kids?? thanks for the tip!

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