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Homemade Magic Shell

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  • 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 (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil


  1. Melt the chocolate. Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  2. Serve. Serve over ice cream and enjoy!


Microwave method: Alternately, you can combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring the mixture thoroughly during each pause, until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.


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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)!