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Two Ingredient Homemade Magic Shell Recipe

Homemade magic shell takes just two ingredients and can be vegan and dairy free! Perfect on coconut milk ice cream. From EatingRichly.com
Yeah, you read right, homemade Magic Shell baby!  One of the best ways to save money on groceries is by making your own condiments.  We make homemade salad dressing, barbecue sauce, pomegranate molasses, salsa, and more.  But of all the condiments we’ve made from scratch, this one has to be the one that makes us the happiest.  What’s more delightful than liquid chocolate that turns into a sweet shell, once drizzled on your favorite ice cream?

The best part is, it only takes two ingredients!

That’s right, two ingredients.  Chocolate and butter or coconut oil.  The Magic Shell you’d buy in a store has chocolate as its fifth ingredient, preceded by sugar, sunflower oil, coconut oil and cocoa.  It also contains soy lecithin, milk, vanilla and salt.  While none of these are necessarily bad ingredients, you really don’t need them all for making your own homemade Magic Shell.

Because the ingredients are so simple, the flavor of the chocolate really shines through.  I like to use Scharffengberger bittersweet dark chocolate which is dairy free.  While you can use regular old chocolate chips (and it will still taste better than the stuff in a bottle), using a chocolate you really love will make this even more impressive.

Now the money saving reward is,  if you do use an affordable chocolate, you can make this chocolate treat for much cheaper than you can buy it.  Scharffenberger is a more expensive option, but if you have a Trader Joe’s near you, they have high quality one pound chocolate bars for cheap prices.

Homemade magic shell takes just two ingredients and can be vegan and dairy free! Perfect on coconut milk ice cream. From EatingRichly.com

Whatever chocolate you decide to use (if you have some chocolate chips in your cupboard right now, I say go for it!), I promise that no matter how I’ve made this, everyone loves it.  My brother Jason (23 years old and autistic) LOVED this stuff.  He couldn’t believe it’s possible to make at home.

I’ve put the recipe below, but to make this even easier, I’ll give you a ratio.  It’s 4 parts chocolate (in oz) to 3 parts butter or coconut oil (in TBS).  That means if you want a big batch, you’ll use 8 oz of chocolate and 6 TBS of butter.  If you just need enough for one or two servings, use 2 oz of chocolate and 1.5 TBS butter.  I don’t really even measure when I make this, I just eyeball the ratio.

Since you’re making this in a microwaveable bowl or jar, leftovers are no problem.  Just leave them on the counter (covered, if you won’t be using up within 24 hours.  When you’re ready for more homemade magic shell, simply microwave the container of chocolaty goodness in 20 second increments until just melted enough to start stirring.  Stir until it’s liquid all the way through, then drizzle away.

Homemade Magic Shell is my absolute favorite ice cream topping.  What’s yours?


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Yield: 8 servings

Homemade Magic Shell Recipe

Homemade Magic Shell Recipe

Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping Recipe makes 6-8 servings

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 4 oz chocolate
  • 3 TBS salted butter OR 3 TBS coconut oil and a tiny pinch of salt


  1. Place chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for one minute on 75% power.
  2. Add butter or coconut oil and microwave another minute on 75% power.
  3. Stir and continue to microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring between until smooth.
  4. If it gets very hot, let sit on the counter for 3-5 minutes to cool slightly. Once it's liquid, but not hot, drizzle generously over ice cream.


Approximate cost/serving: This cost me $4 to make using a very high quality chocolate. I've also made it with the Trader Joe's bar I mentioned for only $2 putting the cost at 25 cents a serving.
Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Yes to both. Also vegan and dairy free if you use the coconut oil and a dairy free chocolate.

Homemade magic shell takes just two ingredients and can be vegan and dairy free! Perfect on coconut milk ice cream. From EatingRichly.com

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23 thoughts on “Two Ingredient Homemade Magic Shell Recipe”

  1. Yum! That looks delicious:) I like to do a few spoonfuls of peanut butter with some bittersweet, or dark chocolate broken into pieces. I combine then microwave for 30 seconds and use that to make our ice cream sundaes 🙂

  2. This is smart and it makes total sense – since the coldness of the ice cream is going to harden the chocolate right away, why do you need all the funky stuff except to keep it liquid when it is on the shelf. Yours sounds so much better.

    • Great suggestion Heather, I just bought my first jar of coconut oil and was thinking I should try it in Magic Shell. I’ll adjust the recipe once I’ve tried it out to see if the same ratio works. Thanks!

  3. We only have unsalted butter in the house- would this make a significant difference if I used that instead of salted?

    Either way, I really look forward to trying this out.

  4. We LOVE magic shell at our house… favorite is to dip frozen bananas in it and add sprinkles, chopped pistachios or peanuts, crunched pretzles, etc… Delicious and fun for the whole family!!

  5. I am surprised that you listed this as vegetarian. If you use coconut oil (which actually works better and tastes even closer to the original) it is indeed vegetarian; but butter comes from a cow and I don’t know – but most people on a vegetarian diet don’t eat butter. Just a thought. Thanks for posting.
    We never buy any of this stuff at the store – too expensive. But every once in awhile I get an urge for it and this is such a great recipe. Wonderful treat!

    • I always differentiate between vegan and vegetarian. A lot of my vegetarian friends will eat anything that doesn’t involve killing an animal, but vegans don’t eat anything that comes from animals.

      That said, coconut oil is a great option and though I like the buttery taste, I’ve made it with coconut oil since posting the recipe and found that it works well. Thanks for the reminder, I’ve updated the recipe!

  6. here is a great source for coconut oil, they have different kinds of coconut oil. IF you don’t want the taste/smell of coconut get the expeller pressed one http://tinyurl.com/7t3792f they have specials all the time, see right hand side of their website & every so often they offer free shipping


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