Whip up a homemade magic shell for your ice cream in just 2 minutes. Choose from three magic shell flavors of classic chocolate, salted peanut butter, and indulgent caramel. These magic shell recipes whip up in just two minutes and are the perfect addition to family ice cream night.
Use this homemade magic shell recipe to make your ice cream that much better! These magic shell flavors can be used individually or paired together to make the ultimate ice cream sundae.
Plus, with minimal ingredients, these magic shells whip up in just two minutes. Thus, they’re the perfect addition to an ice cream indulgence.
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How Does It Harden?
The beauty of a homemade magic shell is that it hardens immediately when poured onto something cold.
The secret ingredient to how it hardens? Coconut oil!
Because coconut oil is solid at room temperature it makes the perfect base for the shells.
Moreover, most store-bought brands use chemically altered oil like sunflower (learn about why to avoid vegetable oils for your health). However, there are healthier options.
How Is It Made?
All three of these magic shell flavors use a base of cold-pressed coconut oil. This is what allows the shell to harden once poured onto something cold.
From there, the magic shell flavors are made with minimal ingredients to give the best balance of healthy indulgence.
The chocolate magic shell uses paleo and vegan chocolate chips (I have not tested a version using cacao powder).
The salted peanut butter flavor contains the least sugar and just uses coconut oil, natural peanut butter, and sea salt.
And the caramel magic shell is made from four simple ingredients you have in your cupboard.
Is Magic Shell Bad For You?
Many commercial brand magic shells will have added ingredients that can be detrimental to your health.
However, making a homemade magic shell instead means that you can eliminate many of these ingredients.
While the magic shell recipes are still an indulgence and contain sugar, they also contain simple and healthier ingredients than store-bought.
Caramel Magic Shell Recipe
While the classic chocolate magic shell is delicious, whipping up a homemade caramel sauce is a delicious alternative.
Made from a combination of almond butter and vanilla with maple syrup to sweeten it, homemade caramel sauce is always a hit.
Plus, with minimal ingredients, this homemade caramel sauce can be used on other tasty treats as well.
How To Store Them
The chocolate magic shell can be stored in a glass jar in the pantry. However, the peanut butter and caramel flavors should be placed in the fridge.
The mixture will harden. However, if you store it in heat-safe jars, all you need to do is pop the jar into a small saucepan of almost boiling water (about an inch of water). Let it sit for a few minutes until everything is melted again.
Likewise, a microwave would most likely work as well. However, make sure you re-heat in small intervals to avoid burning the mixture.
How To Use It
After you finish making the magic shells, get your ice cream ready.
Then, use a spoon or tip the jar to slowly pour the mixture over top of the ice cream (roughly 1 tablespoon). The colder the ice cream the better.
The magic shell will harden within 20-30 seconds leaving you with a hard, crunchy topper on your ice cream.
Likewise, after you pour the magic shell, you can top your ice cream with anything crunchy to make it the ultimate sundae:
- Chopped nuts (peanut and pecans work best!)
- Shredded coconut
- More chocolate chips
- Fresh strawberries
Each time you make the magic shell you can customize your ice cream to create something new and delicious!
Tips For Making & Using Magic Shells
When heating the coconut oil make sure to do it on lower heat and then whisk in the remaining ingredients. Chocolate chips and nut butter burn quickly.
If using the magic shell with an ice cream cone, pour it very slowly and over parchment paper. The magic shell takes a few seconds to harden so it can be messy (a bowl is best!)
The chocolate mixture will last a couple of weeks in the pantry. And over a month in the fridge.
You can use the mixtures on ice cream, smoothie bowls, or anything else you want to make decadent!
The recipes make only about ⅛th of a cup. Thus, if you have a larger family or need these for a party, double the batches!
Classic Chocolate Magic Shell
Salted Peanut Butter Magic Shell
Caramel Magic Shell
How To Make Them
For all the flavors: In a small pot, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Turn the heat off and stir in the remaining ingredients until combined.
For the chocolate, keep the pot on the burner to melt the chocolate chips. Do not leave the burner on though as the chocolate will burn.
Use immediately by pouring the magic shell over top of the ice cream. Watch it harden, top with your favorite crunchy things (almonds, peanuts etc), and enjoy!
Makes about ⅛th cup of each.
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Homemade Magic Shell |In 3 Flavors
- Classic Chocolate
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 3 tbs chocolate chips
- Salted PB
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 2 tbs natural peanut butter
- Pinch of sea salt
- Healthy Caramel
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 2 tbs natural creamy almond butter
- 2 teaspoon maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- For all the flavors: in a small pot, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Turn the heat off and stir in the remaining ingredients until combined.
- For the chocolate, keep the pot on the burner to melt the chocolate chips. Do not leave the burner on though as the chocolate will burn.
- Use immediately by pouring the magic shell overtop of the ice cream. Watch it harden, top with your favorite crunchy things (almonds, peanuts etc) and enjoy!
- Makes about ⅛th cup of each.
- When heating the coconut oil make sure to do it on lower heat and then whisk in the remaining ingredients. Chocolate chips and nut butter burn quickly.
- If using the magic shell with an ice cream cone, pour it very slowly and over parchment paper. The magic shell takes a few seconds to harden so it can be messy (a bowl is best!)
- The chocolate mixture will last a couple of weeks in the pantry. And over a month in the fridge.
- You can use the mixtures on ice cream, smoothie bowls, or anything else you want to make decadent!
- Nutrition facts are calculated for all of the magic shells combined at one tablespoon per serving. Thus, not overly accurate to using just one flavor
Other Indulgent Frozen Treats
Make summertime even better with these homemade magic shell flavors! Choose your favorites from classic chocolate, salted peanut butter, or healthy caramel magic.
All the options are made in under two ingredients, super tasty, gluten-free, and vegan. Your ice cream will never be the same.