Let the magic begin and whip up this rich and chocolaty magic shell recipe in minutes.

Just two ingredients and a couple of minutes in the microwave are all it takes to make this delicious fruit dip or topping. Drizzle it on ice cream or even fruit!

ice cream with Magic Shell and sprinkles on top

What is a Magic Shell?

Magic shell is a chocolaty syrup that “magically” dries to a hardened, crunchy shell when it’s topped over cold foods like ice cream. The addition of a bit of coconut oil makes keeps it from being too hard (and it tastes great) so it’s easy to eat.

Easy Ice Cream Topping!

  • This homemade magic shell recipe dresses up any frozen dessert and makes even the simplest of treats fun and fancy.
  • It uses only two ingredients and prep is super fast!
  • While it’s still hardening, toss on some colorful sprinkles or chopped nuts to get that ice cream parlor look!
  • Make and take to any party or picnic and dress up all the desserts!

Ingredients for Magic Shell

Chocolate – Semi-sweet chocolate chips are best for this recipe, but dark chocolate, white chocolate, and even peanut butter chips can be used!

Oil – We use coconut oil because it has a higher fat content which helps the chocolate harden faster. If you don’t like the coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil or sunflower oil.

How to Make a Magic Shell

This is a different kind of chocolate sauce. It is ultra-quick and easy and hardens as soon as it hits the ice cream.

  1. Combine chocolate chips and coconut oil in the same microwave-safe bowl (as per recipe below).
  2. Microwave, pausing to stir the mixture as directed until combined and melted.
  3. Pour over ice cream or chilled fruit.
pouring Magic Shell over ice cream

How to Use a Magic Shell

Impress your guests (we mean the kiddos AND the adults!) and use magic shell over your favorite ice cream, chilled fruit like sliced apples or strawberries, or drizzle over a banana split. Try it on frozen angel food cake. Or, try it on this delicious Choco Taco recipe!

Other ‘Magic’ Recipes

Magic shell doesn’t have to be the only trick up your sleeve! Try some of these other fun treats.

Magic Cookie Bars – Coconut, chocolate chips, and nuts on a graham cracker base

Death by Chocolate Magic Bars – Ooey, gooey and chocolaty!

Peanut Butter Magic Cookie Bars – Sweet, crunchy combo of chocolate and peanut butter

How to Store Magic Shell

  • Leftover Magic Shell can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a month or in the freezer for 4 months.
  • If it hardens, melt it in the microwave in 30-second intervals until it’s smooth again.

More Ice Cream Toppings

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Copycat Magic Shell

Magic shell is the perfect chocolate topping for that simple bowl of ice cream!
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 4
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  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil


  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate and coconut oil. Microwave on 50% power until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. This should take approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Serve on ice cream or your favorite frozen dessert.


Leftover Magic Shell can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to a month or in the freezer for 4 months.
We find it easiest to pour leftovers onto a parchment lined pan and freeze. Once frozen it can be broken into pieces and stored in a freezer bag, this makes for easy reheating.
Reheat in a microwave at 50% power, stirring often, until smooth.
5 from 8 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 319 | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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  1. What a great idea to freeze on parchment paper! We have chosen to get rid of our microwave and prefer to use the stove for most things – but it can be a little inconvenient when it comes to stuff like homemade hot fudge topping or hard shell topping like this. But freezing it and breaking it up into pieces would allow us to heat only what we need for that time. Thank you!5 stars