Magic Shell

Magic Shell is a fun chocolate topping. Magic shell is a chocolate sauce that goes on liquidy and then creates a hard shell on top ice cream. If you like dipped cones, you will really enjoy ice cream topped with magic shell.

A dish of vanilla ice cream with homemade magic shell topping

Magic Shell

If you have never tried making Magic Shell, you will find it very easy to prepare this fun ice cream topping. This is great to dip frozen bananas into. You can also dip ice cream cones in it, and much more.

There are two ways to prepare famous ice cream topping. You can use coconut oil or you could use butter. It is up to you which you would like to use.

For this recipe, I like to use chocolate chips but you could use chocolate that you chop up. Perhaps you want to use a nice dark chocolate for this recipe. It would work well.

A dish of vanilla ice cream topped with homemade magic shell

How to Store Magic Shell Topping

Homemade magic shell should be stored in the refrigerator. It will harden when it is in the refrigerator.

You can rewarm Magic Shell by placing the container into warm water. The chocolate topping will warm up and liquefy again. Once it has liquified you can pour it over your ice cream again.

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A dish of vanilla ice cream with homemade magic shell topping

Magic Shell

You can make Magic Shell with this copycat recipe. 
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Copycat recipe, Magic Shell
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 198kcal


  • 12 ounces chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces coconut oil butter may be substituted


  • Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, in 30 second increments stirring each 30 seconds until they are melted. Heat coconut oil until it is liquid. Stir both together until the chocolate topping has a uniform texture. Store in a container in the refrigerator.



Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 14mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Molly

    5 stars
    Awesome! I have seen so many ratios on this chocolate:coconut oil but I’m going with yours. 2:1. Yea! How long does it keep in the fridge if I make a batch?

  2. Mister K

    Coconut oil becomes a solid at 76 degrees F. Once it mixes, as a liquid, with chocolate syrup, leave it at room temperature. If solid after mixing, you can always warm it up in the mic for a few seconds, then serve.

  3. Barbara C. Hardison

    5 stars
    Magic Shell hardens when it is put on something cold. so if you put it in the refrigerator…..will it get hard????

  4. Lisa

    Is there anyway to make this dairy and soy free? I have chocolate chips that I can use but do you think an alternative butter would work?

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