Thursday, October 25, 2012

Homemade Magic Shell

When I was in college, every now and then the people who ran our tiny little cafeteria would surprise us by putting a couple bottles of Magic Shell next to the sporadically working soft serve ice cream machine. Nothing works a few hundred undergrads into a feeding frenzy like a bottle of Magic Shell.(Seriously, we're talking about chairs being knocked over, people falling down, tearing of hair, rending of garments...)

Frankly, I LOVE Magic Shell. Magic Shell is DELICIOUS.

But Magic Shell is also expensive, costing more than $2 for a bottle of sauce. Also, there are a lot of mystery ingredients in Magic Shell and I'm trying to avoid consuming mystery ingredients. Boo on both accounts.

One day I was having a bowl of Diesel's famous homemade ice cream (yeah, he makes ice cream too, I totally scored by marrying him) and thought "this needs Magic Shell." Alas there was none to be found. So I started tinkering with ingredients until I found just the right combination. And then I thought my life was complete--until I realized I needed to figure out how to make peanut butter Magic Shell... THEN my life was complete.

So today I am going to share this little nugget of wisdom with you. And it is SO easy.

Get a small glass bowl. I like to use my little Pyrex prep dishes.

Add a handful of chocolate chips. Then add about 1/2 Tb of coconut oil and microwave for 20 seconds at a time. (Because it is hot here, I keep my coconut oil in the fridge during the summer/fall, so it is really hard and I have to just shave bits off. Hence my rough guesstimate of the amount of coconut oil in the Magic Shell)

Mix between each microwaving until you have a good melted chocolate consistency with no lumps (photo is after first 20 seconds).

It should be a nice melty consistency!

Then scoop/pour onto the ice cream and voila! In a matter of minutes you will have a nice hardened chocolate shell!

For peanut butter Magic Shell, substitute peanut butter for the coconut oil. Peanut butter Magic Shell is actually my favorite.

Now enjoy your complete life!!!


  1. Oh great! I was just saying on our thread how I wanted to LOSE weight.....

  2. Do you mean substitute peanut butter for the choc chips? I'm assuming the coconut oil is the magic ingredient to make it harden? thanks for the recipe!

    1. Oops! I guess that wasn't clear. No you substitute the peanut butter for the coconut oil. The oil in the PB makes the shell harden when it touches cold. Basically like a Reese's PB cup shell.

  3. Ooooh,thank you, thank you clutteredmama! There goes my diet!

    1. Ha ha!!! Maybe I should add "ruiner of diets" to my "about me" section!
      I actually invented this when I was doing The Best Life Diet, and in moderation, is probaby fine. Just like not every night and not half a pound of chocolate! ha ha! :)

      And I may or may not have some weight I need to lose too...

  4. Ok. You're a genius. I LOVE Magic Shell and everyone always makes me feel bad about the cholesterol and strange ingredients in it. I already love you, but now I think I'm going to have to marry you!

    1. Well, we'd have to pass some laws for that! ;) But believe me, the feeling is mutual!

      Enjoy your homemade Magic Shell & feel free to call me a genius ANY time! :)


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