This Homemade Magic Chocolate Shell is a delicious chocolate sauce that hardens on ice cream making a fun (and slightly less messy) treat! Kids and adults alike LOVE it!


While I’d like to think that a bowl of sliced fresh peaches or crunchy carrots is the answer to perking up a bad day, 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. And boy oh boy was this the ticket.


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. I love this recipe because it’s only two ingredients that most likely you have on hand so it’s super easy. You can thank the coconut oil for the “magic” effect. Since it’s solid at lower temperatures it gives you the chocolate shell once it touches the cold ice cream. Magic indeed!


This chocolately treat goes perfect on any flavor of ice cream of course. Use it as a topping on Dairy Free Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream or even dip these Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches in it. Don’t forget the other toppings like dye free sprinkles and Coconut Whipped Cream


Try out this recipe for yourself and let me know what you think!


DIY Magic Shell

This Homemade Magic Chocolate Shell is a delicious chocolate sauce that hardens on ice cream making a fun (and slightly less messy) treat! Kids and adults alike LOVE it!
4 from 1 vote
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 4 minutes


  • 1 cup semi sweet and/or bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil


  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine all ingredients.
  • 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).
  • Pour over ice cream and watch the magic happen!


Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. All oils will solidify when you cool them (poured on ice cream) so any other oils will probably have very similar results.

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

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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”.

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

  11. 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!

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