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Homemade Magic Shell

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Disclaimer: I am serving for three months as ambassador for ‘Moments For Me’ with Haagen-Dazs. I receive complementary products as part of this promotion, but am not paid and all opinions are my own.

I was going to write today’s post all about how I love all things in moderation, and the chance to savor a sweet treat that celebrates all things warm and summery. Which still holds completely true.

But I can’t help but talk about Oklahoma.

Like so many of you, I have been glued to the news the last 24 hours watching all of the footage roll in about the devastating tornadoes, especially the largest one in Moore. A handful of my college friends still live right around Moore and OKC, and after lots of texts and messages, it was a complete sigh of relief to learn that they all found shelter and were not injured. Although my college roommate, Amy — with her sweet young family of four — is still waiting to be allowed back in their neighborhood to learn about the damage to her house, which was in the direct path of the tornado and likely heavily-damaged or completely gone. I can’t imagine.

But yet at the same time, I can. Having grown up in Kansas, we are all too familiar with the utter destruction that can come in minutes with a tornado. And even with twenty-first century technology, tornadoes can still drop from the sky with little to no warning, and instantly turn a beautiful town into a war zone. I remember when my friends and I went down to volunteer in Joplin a few days after that storm, and all anyone could talk about was how the tornado hit before they literally could even walk down to the basement. It still blows my mind how the weather can wreak such disaster. It is one of the most difficult ways to be reminded of how life is so unbelievably fragile. Today I grieve for the families who have lost loved ones and those precious young children, and the houses and belongings they have gathered over the years that are filled with memories and a sense of “home”.

Still, when watching the news on the day after a terrible disaster, my heart is always SO filled hearing the countless stories of heroism, generosity, and flat-out goodness. The world may be a tough place at times, but man, it is filled with some remarkably good people. And especially when something like this hits close to home and people come out of the woodwork to give their time and money and love and helping hands to assist people I know, it’s all the more meaningful and inspiring.

Praying today for my friends and the many people of Oklahoma and beyond who have had their lives changed by this tornado. And praying for lots of great people to surround them with helping hands, hope, kindness, generosity, and lots of love. I hope we can be those people.

Homemade Magic Shell |

In working with this “Moments for Me” project with Haagen-Dazs, I have been trying to slow down and stop to appreciate the meaningful moments in my everyday life.

On good days and on hard days, I always find great joy in being able to stop and savor a moment with a sweet treat I really enjoy. When it comes to ice cream, one of my favorite discoveries over the past year has been learning how to make homemade magic shell, which I wanted to share with you. It calls for two simple ingredients and literally couldn’t be easier. And it is all the more wonderful, of course, when enjoyed with some Haagen-Dazs ice cream. (Their new cappuccino gelato is one of my favs.)  I hope you enjoy.

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Homemade Magic Shell

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


This homemade magic shell is fast and easy, and will bring out your inner kid!


  • 1 cup chocolate chips (dark, semisweet, milk chocolate, white, etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil


  1. Stir together chocolate chips and coconut oil in a large microwave-safe bowl. Place in microwave and cook on high for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 15 second intervals until all of the chocolate is melted. Remove and let sit until the chocolate reaches room temperature.
  2. Serve with ice cream, or cover and store at room temperature (not in a refrigerator) for up to 1 month.

Homemade Magic Shell |

Homemade Magic Shell |

Homemade Magic Shell |

Homemade Magic Shell |

Disclaimer: I am serving for 3 months as ambassador for ‘Moments For Me’ with Haagen-Dazs. I receive complementary products as part of this promotion, but am not paid and all opinions are my own.

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73 comments on “Homemade Magic Shell”

  1. These reports are just awful and I have already teared up several times today just looking at the photos.

  2. Watching the coverage of the hurricane has been heart-wrenching. I am so glad to hear that your friends are okay, but feel for your friend Amy as she and her family wait to learn about the state of their house.

    As for this magic shell…I am making this for my kids! We used some of the store-bought kind for my son’s birthday ice cream sundae and the flavor left a lot to be desired. Homemade is the way to go!

  3. Seriously this looks sooo incredible! I love magic shells! I am addicted to them during the summer.

  4. If you have a coconut allergy what else can you use?

    • Hi Beth,

      I have heard that you can use any kind of oil — vegetable or canola might be a good place to begin. Let me know how it goes if you try it!


  5. I am with you Ali as I keep feeling so heartbroken for the people of OK – and each story I see on the news is more touching or sad than the one before.

    But as I look at your post, I am excited about this Magic Shell recipe as it seems like one I could whip up quickly for my son this summer!!! I can’t wait to try it!!!

  6. I’m so glad your friends are safe – what a terrible situation. I’ve lived in the Northeast my whole life, so I can’t begin to imagine anticipating tornado season.

    I love Magic Shell, but there are so many bad-for-you additives that I very rarely buy it. Thanks for the recipe – now you have me craving a giant ice cream sundae! :)

  7. This looks so delicious- give this kid magic shell anytime!

    So heartbreaking to watch the OK coverage. Being from earthquake country, people get so terrified (and they are scary), but hands down, tornadoes freak me out beyond belief. I feel so bad for everyone affected.

  8. Yes, my heart is grieving too. You put it so well. We spent Saturday night in the basement, and have been wondering for days why we moved to Kansas. We grew up in tornado alley, but something is just too scary this year.

    On a much different note, I like that you’re taking time to savor great moments in a day :)

  9. I’ve made something similar to this with just chocolate chips and peanut butter…also super yummy!

  10. So glad your friends are safe! Love this magic shell, can’t believe I haven’t tried this yet.

  11. I would never buy store bought magic shell. Homemade is always best, and I can’t wait to try this!

  12. Hi, my son is allergic to coconut and all nuts. Anything else I can use instead? Thanks!

    • Hi Annie,

      I have read that you can use any kind of oil — vegetable, canola or grapeseed oil might be a good place to begin. Let me know how it goes if you try it!


  13. I have been meaning to try magic shell at home for ages, and with summer on the way the timing couldn’t be better! My husband is going to go crazy for it :)

  14. So glad to hear your friends are ok Ali. OK is in my thoughts and prayers!!

    On a different and much lighter note, I have made my magic shell three times and am so addicted! It is the very best! Your photos are gorgeous!

  15. I haven’t had Magic Shell in so long. I used to love that stuff. Might have used it on the cup of gelato I just ate (although I like it melty)!

  16. Absolute perfection. Need I say more?

  17. Glad that your friends are ok, Ali. Thanks for the recipe; I’ll be making this today! :)

  18. What a beautiful post friend. I am glad your friends are okay. Growing up in KS, you get used to tornadoes, but you never get used to the destruction. I heart you (and this magic shell)!

  19. Bah this tornado stuff has me all torn up :( I hate it. But I love this magic shell. What a gorgeous post!

  20. So glad you are safe from harm’s way, Ali. It’s so unfortunate that many have not been, though. Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe. We could all use a little “magic” during this terrible time.

  21. It’s been way too long since I’ve made this for my kids. Adding it to the weekend menu xoox

  22. I have been trying not to make this because I know my daughter will just go bonkers and want it all the time, but this looks far too easy and delish to not do it. You rock Ali!

  23. My boys would love this on their ice cream!

  24. Beautiful pictures! I love taking pictures of chocolate sauce :). Great post!

  25. My kids love this! My daughter has been missing her DQ chocolate dipped cones since she was developed a peanut allergy, and this is a great substitute! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Do you think you could use this crackle topping as a ‘frosting’ for cake pops? Dip them in this?? Anyone ever tried that? – Leslie

    • The ice cream is what makes it crackle so quickly. I’m not too sure it would work the way you were thinking

  27. This is genius!! I bet it would be really delicious with enjoy life dairy-free chocolate chips!

  28. This worked perfectly for homemade bon bons! Thank you!

  29. Made this for some “healthy” summer treats and it was awesome! I used dark chocolate chips and couldn’t have been happier with the results. So yummy! In fact, so yummy I knew I had to share with my readers over on my blog . . . with a link back to yours, of course. I also included some nutritional information (just because I do that for all my recipes). Thanks for the deliciousness!!

  30. Wow, so good. Thanks so much.

  31. I’ve made this for over 30 years with butter instead of coconut oil.  I like this idea and am eager to give it a try.  It’s great to use for desserts.  

  32. Made this tonight with vegetable oil and semi-sweet chips.  Yummy!! Kids loved it.

  33. this is a terrific recipe,  as much as magic shell costs in the store this is such a money saver and you know exactly what you are going to eat, thanks so much i buy a lot of that stuff…no more!

  34. That looks awesome! I’m actually going to try it a different way, though I can’t say that I’ll have very good results. I’m going to try it with Nutella as a substitute for the chocolate chips, just because I don’t have any in the house at the moment

    • Oooh, we think trying it with Nutella sounds like a fabulous (and yummy) idea! Let us know how it turned out!

  35. My husband loves magic shell but hates chocolate. Could I substitute another type of baking chips, or would that not work as well?

  36. This is such an excellent recipe! I’m obsessed! I have a quick question for you though, do you think I’d be able to make a caramel magic shell with caramel chips and use the same measurements?

    • Thanks Jill, we’re happy you like it! And hmmm that’s a good question — we haven’t given that a try, and can’t seem to find any recipes on the Internet, so we’re not sure. However, we say it’s worth giving a go (maybe just try doing half the recipe in case it doesn’t work)?

  37. I love this recipe! I have actually tried several different flavors…cherry, chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch. They are all very yummy. Part of me wishes I would have never found this recipe on Pinterest, but glad I did…I’ve saved so much money making magic shell myself (it never lasts more than 2 weeks in my house though).

    • Thanks Mary Jo — and we think those other flavors would be fun to try!

  38. We like this magic shell on frozen bananas, and sprinkle with peanuts before the shell hardens.

  39. Just like store bought Magic Shell. My kids love it (and so do I)!