Homemade Magic Shell
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DIY Magic Shell + The Today Show



How do you make a sad or blue day just a little bit better?

While I'd like to think that a bowl of sliced fresh peaches or crunchy carrots is the answer, it doesn't always work that way with kids. Case in point was the other day when I made this recipe. One of my little troopers was having a tough day so I tried to brighten it a little with a special treat.

In our house, chocolate can be one of the paths towards happiness, so I filled two small bowls with luscious vanilla bean ice cream and let the kids drizzle on a bit of my homemade Magic Shell. They had never seen anything like it. Just like my own first experience of squeezing it onto ice cream out of the tube when I was a kid, they totally enjoyed the same fun (only without all the unnecessary additives). They couldn't believe how it hardened when it touched the ice cream and even better, they loved cracking it into tiny pieces with the side of their spoons. Within minutes their frowns were turned upside down.

Magic indeed!

P.S. I'll be on the Today Show tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept 18th at 9:45am. I hope you can watch me cook from the Weelicious Cookbook, but if you're out and about, set your DVR!

DIY Magic Shell  (makes 1 cup - 8 servings)

  • Prep Time: 3 mins,
  • Cook Time: 1 mins,
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How do you make a sad or blue day just a little bit better? While I'd like to think that a bowl of sliced fresh peaches or crunchy carrots is the answer, it doesn't always work that way with kids. Case in point was the other day when I made this...


  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil


  1. 1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. 2. Microwave in 30-second increments until melted and smooth (this may also be done in a small saucepan over low heat until all the ingredients are melted).
  3. 3. Pour over ice cream and watch the magic happen!

Accompaniments: Serve over favorite ice cream or frozen yogurt

DIY Magic Shell

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  2. Amanda

    March 1, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I made your recipe but i didn’t have coconut oil i only had coconut butter and it worked just the same 😀 it’s great it taste just like the magic shells you buy at the store 😀 thank you!

  3. Deborah

    February 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    You can also Nutella in place of chocolate chips – it’s amazing!

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  5. Jackie

    September 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Love the two recipes from the Today Show, but geez think they can slow down just a tad, rushed you right through!

  6. Paula R.

    September 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I can’t wait until your new cookbook comes out! It’s on my Birthday wishlist!!

  7. Michelle

    September 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

    9:45 am is that central eastern or coast?

    • Michelle

      September 18, 2012 at 11:59 am

      I figured it out!

  8. Mel

    September 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Can’t wait to try this and I received my Weelicious cookbook today too.! So excited to try the new recipes!

  9. Stephanie

    September 17, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Looks incredible! Im buying the ingredients tomorrow. Good luck on the Today Show!

  10. Tisha Wright

    September 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    This will be yummy on frozen bananas!

  11. Jessica

    September 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

    PERFECT recipe and so, so much better than that other stuff! Have my DVR ready for tomorrow! Congrats!!!

  12. Lindsey

    September 17, 2012 at 10:08 am

    excited to try this!

  13. Cheryl A

    September 17, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Can’t wait too try this! Yummy love this site! Always telling people about it:)

  14. Mary

    September 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Anything you can use instead of coconut oil?

    • catherine

      September 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

      I have only tried this with coconut oil, which lends a great flavor! I have seen others use vegetable oil.

      • Ruth

        September 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

        Personal experience – plain vegetable oil works and is a good substitute if you have allergies or don’t care for the coconut oil flavor. The chocolate is also solid when cool and helps the ‘magic’.

    • Sara

      September 17, 2012 at 10:13 am

      I’m pretty sure the coconut oil is the magic ingredient in this because it hardens when cool. I don’t think other vegetable oils do that.

    • Ruth

      September 17, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Other versions of this recipe just use vegetable oil with the same results. I’ve made it with coconut and veg oil – either works! Yum! We also ad chopped nuts to our version to make my son’s “rock sauce”.

  15. Danielle

    September 17, 2012 at 8:20 am

    I LOVED Magic Shell, can’t wait to let the kids try this! Can the leftovers be saved?

    • catherine

      September 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

      You can refrigerate the leftovers for about a week. It will harden a bit in the fridge, but just re-heat to soften!

      • Abeya

        February 3, 2014 at 11:20 pm

        Alaoazaam-infkrmation found, problem solved, thanks!

      • Danielle

        September 17, 2012 at 10:30 am

        Perfect! Thanks!

  16. Christine

    September 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

    what?? it’s just coconut oil that makes it harden??
    who knew??

    awesome – thanks for letting us know about this magic – I’ll never have to buy the stuff in the bottle again.

    p.s. LOVE your recipe ideas – thanks for keeping it simple and making me not feel so guilty when I want to give my kids treats!