Quickie Wednesdays: Homemade Reese’s Magic Shell

3 ingredient peanut butter magic shell and frozen bananas

When I was a kid and I had music or dance recitals we would always go to the DQ in town afterwards and I would get a vanilla cone with the chocolate shell. I remember this vividly. Always vanilla, always a chocolate shell. In my mind there were no other options at DQ. (Of course now the blizzard wins every time, but that’s another story).

3 ingredient peanut butter magic shell

I somewhat less distinctly remember when we bought our first bottle of magic shell and I was able to create basically the same chocolate shell at home. I do however distinctly recall coming home after middle school, prepping a giant glass of ice cubes (yes ice cubes) and drenching them in magic shell. Then picking off the shell craters, eating them, and starting all over again.

I still think this is a genius move.

3 ingredient peanut butter magic shell


Two summers ago for my birthday I hosted an ice cream social. This was quite possibly the best idea I’ve ever had in my nearly 30 years of existence. There is nothing that tops an adult ice cream social. None of those silly little mini ice cream cups (which always taste a little too much like faux cream) and goofy toppings.

This was full on 5 flavors of homemade ice cream, multiple types of homemade toppings (including homemade magic shell), and gads sprinkles. Oh and booze. Booze floats, a back yard, and the summer sun. Can life get any better? I submit that it cannot.

3 ingredient peanut butter magic shell

Unless of course you whip up a peanut butter version of magic shell. Boomshakalaka.

Reese’s has a magic shell version that is truly divine, but when you can make it at home with three ingredients and literally in 1 minute, why bother?

I like to dip frozen bananas in it for dessert. Obviously sprinkles have to be involved. It’s what makes life worth it.

dipping frozen bananas in homemade Reese's magic shell

Homemade Reese's Magic Shell
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Serves: 6-8
  • heaping ¼ cup smooth peanut butter (not the natural kind)
  • 1 3.5 oz bar dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  1. Chop chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Add peanut butter and coconut oil and melt in 30 second increments until thoroughly melted and smooth. Stir between zaps.
  3. Pour into a microwave safe, airtight container. Store at room temperature.
  4. Dip frozen things in it or pour over ice cream and enjoy.
Because of the peanut butter this magic shell gets a little thicker at room temperature. After a few days mine even hardened most of the way. Just zap it for 20 seconds in the microwave, give it a good stir, and you'll be good to go again.


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  1. Dad says

    Brian Regan would be proud and flattered for the joke reference. I think the 2nd annual pub crawl needs to start and maybe finish with a tasting of the ace magic shell.

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