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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!

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

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

They’ll look all shiny, like this πŸ™‚

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

Pour in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and stir stir stir.

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

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

Time to drizzle that sauce!

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

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


Homemade Magic Shell


  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  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.

Makes 1 cup Magic Shell Sauce

*Some people use Coconut oil from what I’ve been told that works great too*

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  1. 1

    I love this! I have been waiting for it! SO easy – and I always have those ingredients on hand! Your boys are lucky to have such a cool mom!

  2. 2

    You’re the second blogger in a couple days who I read who’s made Magic Shell and all I want to do is eat…Magic Shell πŸ™‚ I have tons of coconut oil in the cupboard. Need to get busy!

  3. 3
    John says:

    Try coconut oil instead of generic vegetable oil! It gives an even better crisp shell πŸ™‚

  4. 4

    YUM πŸ˜€ We call it Ice Magic in Australia and I may or may not have had a hardcore addiction to it lol. This could be dangerous πŸ˜‰

  5. 5

    Lovely πŸ™‚

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    Caley says:

    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. πŸ™‚ I want to try this with white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, the specialty maple chips that are hard to find…. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  7. 7

    HOw did I not know how to do this?! My kids will thank you forever!

  8. 8

    Oh how I love this stuff!!! It can get expensive keep buying it though! Thank you so much for sharing, I didn’t realise it was so easy! πŸ˜€

  9. 9
    Madeleine says:

    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!

  10. 10
    Annamaria says:

    This looks so easy. Would it work with olive oil too? That’s the only thing I keep in the house.

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    MegT says:

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

  12. 12
    aimee says:

    Vegetable oil huh? Seems cheaper than my coconut oil version, but I wonder if the taste is as good?

  13. 13
    Frugal Faye says:

    Hey Jenny! I tried your cookie from the previous post and it was soooo yummy, I told all my friends about your blog. The photography on here is so fun…love the coral and all the background textures in this one.

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    Stephanie says:

    I will never have to buy Magic Shell again! Thank you!!

  15. 15

    That looks so fabulous and sounds not that difficult to make either. Thank you so much for sharing. πŸ˜€

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    renee says:

    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

  17. 17
    Tracey says:

    I love how simple this is. Not sure who will be happier–my husband or my kids. πŸ™‚ Thanks.

  18. 18

    Thanks for posting the recipe I enjoy it with a coconut oil it’s amazing.

  19. 19
    Shana Fuller says:

    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!

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    Ashley says:

    I use this recipe at Christmastime to make chocolate-peanut brittle. Once you have stirred your oil in, add 1-2 cups peanuts and stir, then spread onto a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Refrigerate until firm, then break apart. Yummmm. Love your blog!

  21. 21

    This is too cool that you made your own magic shell! Love the pics…

  22. 22
    Cherai Slade says:

    I use coconut oil. It is so yummy.

  23. 23
    Melissa says:

    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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    Jill says:

    I make this but with coconut oil. So good!

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    Chels R. says:

    I love this stuff!

  27. 27

    So funny! I just bought coconut oil just to try this recipe, and didn’t realize I could just use veggie oil. Score!! πŸ™‚

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    Kim B. says:

    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 πŸ™‚

  29. 29

    Oh Oh Oh! I feel like the kid who finally knows the answer to the big question! This is so cool! Can’t wait to try this..and with peanut butter chips too! Thanks for the fun recipe. πŸ™‚

  30. 30
    DrDug says:

    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. πŸ™‚

  31. 31

    I never realized how easy it was to make! I cant wait to make it! πŸ˜€

  32. 32
    Janet says:

    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.

  33. 33

    I like that this uses veggie oil. I have done it with coconut oil before, and you get a very coconut flavor. Not that, that is bad, but when you want chocolate you want chocolate!

  34. 34
    Liz says:

    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!

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    I’ve seen homemade magic shell made with Coconut oil but never Vegetable oil. Had I known I could use that I could have been making this for years! Love the post!

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    Anna says:

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

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    askf98 says:

    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 πŸ™‚

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    askf98 says:

    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!!

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    pattie says:

    Going to try tonight and dip bananas and peanut butter in it thank u

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    Jaime says:

    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.

  53. 53
    Susan says:

    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!

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