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Magic Chocolate Shell (Best Homemade Topping)

This Magic Chocolate Shell is the perfect topping for cold ice cream on a hot summer's day. This homemade version is such an easy recipe to follow and can be used for cold desserts or simply added to a bowl of ice cream.

What makes this chocolate syrup sauce different from anything else you might have on your ice cream or other cold desserts?

This is a magic shell chocolate-flavored topping which means it hardens as the temperature of the sauce changes.

Perfect with vanilla, chocolate ice cream, or any other flavor you love. 

This recipe is all about simplicity, and the chocolate chips combined with the coconut oil give a subtle and neutral flavor. Making it an enjoyable ice cream topping that you are going to love.

It is a great topping and something the whole family is going to love. 

This homemade magic shell recipe will work perfectly with this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. The perfect chocolate shell topping for a delicious and refreshing homemade ice cream.

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Why You’ll Love The Ice Cream Topping

  • Kid-friendly - This is the perfect topping for your kids to add to the top of ice cream. It looks super cool and it is amazing to watch the pourable chocolate sauce harden. 
  • An easy recipe to follow - You only need to follow a few simple steps and you will have one of the easiest ice cream toppings in the refrigerator ready to go. 
  • Only two ingredients - Now need to rush out to the grocery store with a long list of ingredients. You only need two things to create the magic chocolate shell. 
Close up looking at a spoon dipping some Magic Shell for ice cream.

Ingredients Notes

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  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil
Coconut oil and chocolate chips in containers.

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How To Make Magic Chocolate Shell

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Then microwave for 30 seconds increments until both ingredients have melted. Make sure you stir in between to help melt the chocolate. 
  2. Let it cool to room temperature and then store it in an airtight container. You may need to microwave the chocolate mixture before each use to loosen up the consistency. 
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Once you have made the chocolate sauce you can store it in an airtight container (your mason jar works best!).

Keep it at room temperature or in the fridge and it will last for up to a month.

You may need to microwave the sauce before using it if keeping in the fridge.

Recipe Variations

Why not change up the flavor? You could look to create a chocolate peanut butter magic shell by adding some peanut butter to the chocolate chips. You won't need as much coconut oil as there is oil in the peanut butter which will help get that thin shell topping you desire. You could also add peppermint extract or other flavorings. 

Get creative. We all know that chocolate is something that works well with other flavors and this delicious chocolate sauce will work well with the addition of sea salt or even chili. Why not get creative with your ingredients? 

Use different chocolate. You can use white or dark chocolate chips instead. This will give a different flavor to the melted chocolate. 

Switch out the chocolate. Why not try butterscotch chips instead? This will make a delicious caramel sauce topping that will also harden when added to cold temperatures. An ideal option for vanilla ice cream. 

A jar of Magic Chocolate shell.

Tips & Tricks

  • You may need to microwave the magic shell ice cream topping before each use when it has been stored in the refrigerator. This will loosen the consistency and help get that hard shell you are looking for. 
  • Always use a microwave-safe bowl when melting the chocolate and oil together. 
A jar of homemade Magic Shell.


How does chocolate magic shell work?

This is such a clever way to get that magic shell of chocolate and the reason it hardens is down to the coconut oil that you add. You can add this magic chocolate shell sauce to your favorite ice cream or other cold desserts.

Does Magic Shell only work on ice cream?

Magic Shell is specifically designed to work on ice cream. It has a unique formula that hardens quickly when it comes in contact with the cold frozen dessert, creating a crunchy yet delicious topping.

But the great thing about Magic Shell is that it doesn't just have to be used for ice cream! It can also be used on other frozen treats like yogurt, sorbet, and even frozen fruit.

The possibilities are endless! So although Magic Shell was made to work on ice cream, it can also be used with many other types of desserts as well.

Why does Magic Shell get hard?

Making Magic Shell is simple: just combine your favorite chocolate and coconut oil in the right proportions, heat it up, and then pour or spread it over your favorite ice cream. The result? A wonderfully crunchy topping that gets hard when you put it in the freezer.

This is because when heated, the cocoa butter and coconut oil separate and break down into tiny droplets, which can now form a solid shell when cooled.

When the ice cream melts, these droplets come together to create a smooth coating that stays hard until it's time for another bite!

Do you refrigerate Magic Shell?

Yes! Magic Shell is best kept refrigerated. It will last about 6 months when stored in an air-tight container or jar in the refrigerator.

Refrigerating it helps maintain its consistency and flavor, so that the topping can be used over and over again without loss of quality.

Be sure to give it a stir before use after refrigeration to ensure even texture.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Sure! Just microwave as necessary to bring it to the proper consistency when ready to use.

A jar of chocolate ice cream topping.

Other chocolate recipes 

  • White Chocolate Champagne Cake Jars - These White Chocolate Champagne Cake Jars are a delight with every mouthful. Fluffy ake that has champagne syrup drizzled within it topped by a delicious frosting that has a lovely subtle champagne flavor.
  • Chocolate peppermint spoons - These Chocolate Peppermint Spoons are super simple to make and will transform your hot chocolates. With flavors of peppermint, they look delicious and are also the perfect diy hot chocolate gift. 
  • Nutella Hot Chocolate - A delicious Nutella Hot Chocolate is often the best thing to enjoy on a cold winter’s day and this version is super tasty. Rich with chocolate and nutty flavors it is simple to prepare and delivers on flavor.
A spoon dipping out some homemade magic shell.

Magic Chocolate Shell

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Magic Chocolate Shell
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Mason Jar Recipe


  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil


  • In a microwave-safe bowl add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Then microwave for 30 seconds increments until both ingredients have melted. Make sure you stir in between to help melt the chocolate.
  • Let it cool to room temperature and then store it in an airtight container. You may need to microwave the chocolate mixture before each use to loosen up the consistency.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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