Homemade Magic Shell

Sharing our favorite homemade magic shell recipe today! Takes your bowl of ice cream to the next level. Just minutes away from delicious magic shell.

homemade magic shell recipe

Homemade Magic Shell

I have been making this simple homemade magic shell for the boys for so long that it never occurred to me to share the recipe, lol! It’s so easy I just figured everyone knew about it. Well, if you don’t sit back and watch how simple it is to prepare your own 2 ingredient magic shell right at home!

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homemade magic shell recipe

Start with 1 Cup chocolate chips. I used semi-sweet.

How To Make Magic Shell

  1. Place chocolate in heat proof bowl and microwave until melted, about 60-75 seconds depending on your microwave. Stir until creamy then drizzle in vegetable oil until well combined, shiny and smooth. Drizzle over ice cream, wait about 60 seconds for sauce to harden and enjoy your homemade magic shell. Place leftover sauce in airtight container and keep room temperature for 2 days. Microwave for 30 seconds before using again.

homemade magic shell recipe

Pour those chips into a nice heat proof bowl and microwave until melty.

homemade magic shell recipe

They’ll look all shiny, like this 🙂

homemade magic shell recipe

With a dry, clean spoon stir those chips until melted and smooth.

homemade magic shell recipe

Pour in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and stir stir stir.

homemade magic shell recipe

You’ll get a shiny, smooth sauce that will soon become magic shell over your ice cream!

homemade magic shell recipe

Break out a cute ice cream bowl with a nice scoop of ice cream inside.

homemade magic shell recipe

Time to drizzle that sauce!

homemade magic shell recipe

Get crazy, add as much or as little as you like.

homemade magic shell recipe

Wait about 60 seconds and your sauce turns into hardened chocolate, woohoo!


Homemade Magic Shell

This simple 2 ingredient magic shell makes your ice cream a dream! Takes just minutes to prepare and makes next level ice cream!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 143kcal
Cost: $8
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  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • Place chocolate in heat proof bowl and microwave until melted, about 60-75 seconds depending on your microwave. Stir until creamy then drizzle in vegetable oil until well combined, shiny and smooth. Drizzle over ice cream, wait about 60 seconds for sauce to harden and enjoy your homemade magic shell. Place leftover sauce in airtight container and keep room temperature for 2 days. Microwave for 30 seconds before using again.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
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53 Responses
  1. Susan

    I did not know one could make their own Magic Shell at home. This recipe is perfect! Now I can make ice cream shell with only two ingredients! And with different flavors of baking chips and a little bit of peanut butter, the combinations are numerous!

  2. Jaime

    Thank you for posting this. I was wondering if this would work with an oil other than coconut and now I know! My son wants an ice cream cake for his birthday and I have to make it myself since he’s allergic to coconut and basically all tree nuts.

  3. askf98

    i am gonna use this to top the ice cream that i am serving with the molten cakes i am making tomorrow!! TRY THIS OUT!!

  4. askf98

    Thanks a lot for the recipe!! i’v been searching for the recipe for a while,all what i’v got was with coconut oil, i was troubled because i and my sisters hate the smell of it, it will be a big mistake to use it! so i am happy to now that i can use ordinary veg oil..i will just add a bit of coconut oil since everyone says it makes it harder and more crunchy!! THANKS AGAIN,,AND A LOT 🙂

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  8. Anna

    I made this tonight with Chocolate peanut butter chips and it is SO SO GOOD!!!! Will never buy it at the store ever again!!!

  9. Liz

    um…crazy question…what kind of ice cream is that?! It looks divine! (or maybe its just the fact that Im pregnant and everything looks good?!) Either way, those flecks of vanilla in there are making my mouth water!

  10. I so love being able to print out your recipes. Thanks so much for sharing. My grandchildren will love the Magic Chocolate on their ice cream.

  11. DrDug

    My grandma has made this for years from breaking off chunks of a 10 pounds Ghirardelli chocolate bar. Except she always used mineral oil. Guess she wants to keep things running smoothly. 🙂

  12. THAT is genius!! I’ve had to resort to throwing vanilla ice cream in the blender with Ovaltine to “chocolatize” it since my boys won’t eat plain vanilla ice cream. Since I ALWAYS have the big ole’ Costco bag of choc chips on hand this will be a HIT with them 🙂

  13. OMG i just made this JUST now with your recipe with vanilla ice cream. SO SO EASY nand omg omg omg SOOOO DELICIOUS!!! thank you thank you!!!!!!

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    Love this, my kids will be excited! By the way, where did you get the coral table cloth that the dish is on?? Love it!

  16. renee

    try using coconut oil for a “healthier” spin. I also take about a 1/3 cup of chips and 2 T. of peanut butter. super yummy

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  18. MegT

    Does this keep well “if” there are leftovers? My husband is going to flip! This is his fav topping.

  19. Thanks for posting this recipe! I’ve been wanting to make magic shell for a while, and all the recipes had coconut oil (which I can’t find in the grocery stores), and I thought that was all that worked! I will definitely be making this soon!

  20. Caley

    Wow, this is so cool! I guess I probably could have done a google search to find out how to do this, but I appreciate your lovely pictures anyway. 🙂 I want to try this with white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, the specialty maple chips that are hard to find…. Thanks! 🙂

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