Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell

You can whip up this nostalgic treat in a flash using two ingredients and your microwave oven.  A rich, homemade Chocolate Magic Shell you’ll want to put on everything all year-long.  

Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell | The Suburban Soapbox

I love to reminisce.  Love it.  A song can come on the radio and immediately blast me back to my teen years….even to a very specific moment.  A smell can remind me of a certain person, a best friend, a bad date, a room in my childhood home.  Food is no different, there are foods that I only had as a child and then either forgot about or couldn’t find in the store.  Or the ingredient list is so long and foreign I feel irresponsible feeding those things to my kids so I don’t buy them.  OR I make them myself.

Homemade Chocolate Shell | The Suburban Soapbox

Remember Magic Shell?  It was one of my favorite things growing up.  I was so fascinated by how something so watery and liquid would freeze in seconds when poured over a bowl of ice cream.  I always used more than necessary and, inevitably, would end up chiseling my way through the shell with a spoon to get to the ice cream.  Like a mini gold mining expedition….but in a small bowl…on my lap.  Ok, I guess it’s not even remotely the same thing but this was what I would think about while digging my way to dessert.  I even kicked my favorite hot fudge sauce to the curb for a jar of this!

Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell | The Suburban Soapbox


I see recipes on Pinterest for Magic Shell all the time but the few times I’ve tried them they’ve either been too firm and didn’t cover the ice cream or too liquid  they slid off the surface before hardening.  I tweaked the recipe to find the perfect ratio of ingredients and THIS, my friends, is exactly like the real thing.  And it’s so easy, you can enlist your kids to help in the kitchen.  And they will LOVE spooning the chocolate sauce over their ice cream and frozen treats!

Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell | The Suburban Soapbox

I’m still fascinated like a little girl whenever I use this “magic” chocolate sauce….but now I know what ingredients are in it and won’t feel guilty if I over indulge a bit.  Even when I drench a bowl of my homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream with it!

Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell

top your ice cream with this homemade chocolate magic shell
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 3 mins
Course Ice Cream
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1343 kcal


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • In a small bowl, mix together the oil and chocolate chips. Microwave 1 minute, stopping at 20 seconds increments to stir thoroughly and continuing until all the chocolate is melted.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.


Serving: 0gCalories: 1343kcalCarbohydrates: 94gProtein: 11gFat: 103gSaturated Fat: 69gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 18mgPotassium: 1020mgFiber: 14gSugar: 66gVitamin A: 90IUCalcium: 112mgIron: 11.4mg
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17 comments on “Homemade Chocolate Magic Shell”

  1. My daughter will FLIP for this. It totally reminds me of being young and getting a dip top at Dairy Queen. Oh man… Dairy Queen is something I haven’t thought about for years.

  2. I LOVE magic shell….yum!

  3. Oh goodness, yes. YES. I don’t even need the ice cream!

  4. My kiddies love homemade magic shell, I just make mine sugar free. 🙂

  5. I love that you made it at home!! I could eat this with a spoon 😉

  6. Perfection! I loved magic shells as a kid! Still do!

  7. I love Magic Shell, too. So fun to watch that syrupy chocolate harden right on top of the ice cream. Great to know how to make it at home now!

  8. How simple and brilliant. Thanks!

  9. Magic shell is awesome but what I’m really excited about here are those sprinkles – how fun!

  10. Such a great idea to add on top of ice-cream…or really, any thing;)

  11. Bucket List: I want to be dipped in magic shell one day. I suppose I would have to lock myself in a meat freezer for a bit, but.. Um… Yea… Dipped in magic shell, just so I can eat my way out of that situation. Crazy? Yea, well… It’s Magic Shell!

  12. !! Are you serious!? I never knew it was so simple! I have all of these in my pantry!!! This is definitely going to have to happen. Thanks so much for sharing this! :D!

  13. I always loved magic shell when I was a kid!

  14. Awww this brings back memories. As a kid I would always order coconut ice cream covered in a chocolate magic shell like this and then dipped in chocolate shavings. I may need to make that combination for my blog!

  15. Gotta love magic shell! Now I’m going to need a very big spoon okay ; )

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