Homemade Dark Chocolate Magic Shell

Cook 1 min
Add'l 1 min
Total 2 mins

This Homemade Dark Chocolate Magic Shell recipe is made with just two simple ingredients and is so easy to make! It’s delicious on any kind of ice cream and is perfect for making ice cream sundaes.

Try this magic shell recipe on my Dulce De Leche No Churn Ice Cream or my homemade Salted Caramel Ice Cream

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This Homemade Magic Shell Recipe Is So Easy To Make

One of my favorite things in the world is an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. I have even been known to be talked into raking an entire yard for the price of 1 Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cone — Thanks Mom.

Sometimes when I am feeling extra special, I will get them to make it chocolate dipped. This week I had that exact craving, but didn’t feel like putting on actual clothes. I wish I was kidding, but sometimes I just can’t make it out of my yoga pants for the day.

Thankfully, I know the ingredients to make your own Magic Shell and I had my favorite Pistachio Ice Cream in the freezer. It was meant to be…and 2 minutes later Jorge and I were sharing a bowl.

Ice Cream Dark Chocolate Magic Shell Recipe

Remember when I made the DIY Coconut Sugar Scrub? And you went out and bought some Coconut Oil to make it? Well, now you have something else to do with the rest of it! See…I got your back! πŸ˜‰

Can This Magic Shell Recipe Be Made Ahead Of Time?

I love making a big batch of this Magic Shell and keeping it in the fridge for ice cream emergencies. And don’t make that face — ice cream emergencies are a real thing, no matter what Jorge says.

Yield: 2

Homemade Dark Chocolate Magic Shell

Recipe For Magic Shell

This homemade Dark Chocolate Magic Shell recipe is made with just two simple ingredients and is so easy to make! Perfect for making ice cream sundaes.

Cook Time 1 minute
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 3 oz dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil (measured when hard)


Microwave: In a small bowl, microwave dark chocolate and coconut oil in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until smooth. It will be runny. Let cool for 1 minute and then pour on top of ice cream and watch it magically harden!

Stove top: In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt dark chocolate and coconut oil - stirring until smooth. Once smooth, remove from heat. It will be runny. Let cool for 1 minute and then pour on top of ice cream and watch it magically harden!

To store: Transfer to a glass jar (I use a mason jar). Store in the refrigerator. When ready to use, heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until smooth again. Use on top of your favorite ice cream and then you can re-refrigerate it again and again!


If you notice, the method I use is 1 oz of chocolate to 1 tablespoon coconut oil. This makes it really easy to make a large batch!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 414Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

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21 Responses
  1. Mickael

    Hello everyone,

    Thanks for this recipe..
    it’s really good! I was wondering: for commercial uses (big quantities, around 2-3 liters per day), that’s a lot of coconut oil — is there a way to add milk and reduce coconut oil in the recipe or will that change the whole texture? Will milk make it freeze/harden slowly?

  2. Christine (CookTheStory)

    I only get out of my yoga pants when absolutely necessary. The kids are going to love this. Thanks Jessica.

  3. Medha

    Wow, this is so much fun and easy plus delicious! I am all for it! I love your blog – such a beautiful place.

  4. Barb | Creative Culinary

    I’ve been replicating a hard shell product for years that’s called Elmer’s Goldbrick Topping. It’s made with chocolate and butter and pecans. I love it but was wondering about using coconut oil…and my quest has been successful!

    I just made bing cherry ice cresm bars and I think they need some chocolate!!

  5. ErinsFoodFiles

    I made this a while back, but using milk chocolate, however I didn’t measure anything, or stir it well. So… I ended up with a very coconut flavored, slightly greasy magic shell. Haha. I like your idea of dark chocolate better!! I didn’t know though to store it in the fridge. THANKS!

  6. Traci

    We LOVE magic shell in the summer. It’s the best! I really love this dark chocolate version. Have a great weekend, I’m off to make more homemade ice cream (my recent two pound weight gain demise) and I’m including this with it. Delicious!

  7. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    Ice cream emergencies are a real thing! Must make a large batch of this magic shell to keep on hand!

  8. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    It must be a chocolate shell kinda week! Yours looks fabulous… Must use mine with a minty ice cream. And yes, we totally share the obsession of a Dairy Queen dipped cone!

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I love making magic shells! When I was a kid I really, really, thought they were magic. After being disappointed several times, one evening I left the kitchen and when I came back sprinkles magically appeared on my ice cream!! My grandma was kind of the best. πŸ™‚

  10. Tina | My Life as a Mrs

    I always have an overload of coconut oil since Mike’s company sells it – WHY THE HECK HAVE I NOT MADE THIS YET?!?!?! fixing problem now πŸ˜‰

  11. Joanne

    I was just talking up homemade magic shell to the boyfriend the other day! I really need to get some of this (and some pistachio ice cream – one of my favorite flavors!) into my life.

  12. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    I made this for the first time two weeks ago in honor of the fact that I made homemade ice cream for the first time in my life. It was so good it was almost dangerous!!

  13. Kristi

    I was just talking to my sister how good magic shell was, especially when we were growing up. Now I would be guilty of how bad it is for you. I’m definitely going to try making it at home.. no more guilt!

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