Homemade Magic Shell

Chitlins, may I present to you one of many homemade toppings I made for my birthday bash ice cream social. Homemade magic shell. Did anyone else love and crave that stuff as much as me growing up? I remember that one fatal day a friend put the bottle IN THE FRIDGE! {gasp!} The horror! No magic shell for at least two days. It was pure tragedy.

I’ve seen this recipe up all over the interwebs. It’s actually stupid easy. I want to play around with it a little and see if I can mimic the Resse’s version as well. Oh man, how dangerous would that be? I’ll tell you: really dangerous.

I have a few tips for you about this recipe. Make sure you heed my warnings.

Number 1: Buy a chocolate bar that you would eat plain normally. Because that’s pretty much exactly what your magic shell is going to taste like.

Number 2: Use two even tablespoons of coconut oil, do not heap them unless you like a distinct coconut taste. I do not. I heaped. It was kind of sad, but I’m getting over it.

Number 3: If it’s currently elebenty billion degrees outside, your coconut oil will not remain solid. It will in fact melt alarmingly fast. Keep it in the fridge to prevent this.

That’s it.  I’ve found that a slightly higher ratio of chocolate to coconut oil helps mask the coconut flavor. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla to help offset it, not that it did much, but whatever. Sprinkles can solve any other “problems.”


Homemade Magic Shell
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Serves: 10
  • 2 even tbsp solid coconut oil
  • 8 oz (roughly 2¼) chocolate bars - I used milk chocolate with 33% cocoa solids to ensure maximum delight for guests, if your taste tends towards darker chocolate you can use that as well. I wouldn't go over 60-65% cocoa though because it will get bitter, the coconut oil will not sweeten it up.
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  1. In a double boiler or a microwave safe bowl, combine the coconut oil and chocolate. Heat until melted, stirring continually. If microwaving, nuke it in 30 second increments, stirring between each. Allow to cool slightly before adding the vanilla.
  2. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. I've had mine for a week now and it's still perfectly fine. DO NOT store in the fridge, it will harden. Which defeats the purpose.

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    • says

      Ohmigosh you have no idea how excited I was to find these sprinkles! They’re the cheapie versions in my neighborhood, but they’re crunchy! It’s like a dream come true. I might buy out their stock. :)

  1. says

    Wow! I used to LOVE magic shell when I was a kid! I was actually devastated when it disappeared from the shops. They have started selling it again, but I don’t think it’s the same kind I loved so much when I was little. I think there was a little cartoon turtle on the bottle (if memory serves me correctly!)

    • says

      Oh chocolate mint sounds fabulous! I just saw a commercial for Klondike bars that now come in chocolat e mint, though I think it’s the ice cream itself that’s the mint part. Still sounds tasty.


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