Microwave Magic – Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping


Speaking of Dairy Queen, my favorite treat when I was a kid, (and I pray this doesn’t mean that I pre-date the Blizzard concept…though I think it may) was the Magic Shell Topping. The ice cream stood all soft and curly on top of that cone like Grace Jones’s hairstyle in the 80’s, and then they turned it upside down and dipped it in chocolate that instantly hardened on top of the frozen confection. It was better than anything I ever saw Doug Henning do.

Once I had decided to make the DQ ice cream, I knew I needed a little bit of Magic Shell to go on top, so, as I always do when I want to try something new theses days, I went to the boards and found a recipe for Homemade Magic Shell. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:


1 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (measured when solid)

Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave about 1 minute (depending on your microwave). Allow to sit a few minutes to allow the heat of the oil to melt the chocolate chips and then stir until smooth. It will be runny.

Store in the refrigerator. To serve, heat bottle in microwave (open cap) for 30 seconds until liquid. Slightly shake and continue heating at 15 second intervals if not liquid after the first 30 seconds.


This is another recipe that’s so easy to make, you will wonder why you haven’t been making it. First I put the chocolate chips in a bowl.

And then I added the coconut oil.

After a minute in the microwave, the coconut oil melted and was hot enough to melt the chips with some stirring.

And then it was done.

But here’s the thing: The coconut flavor was way too strong, so much so that it completely overpowered the chocolate. So I tried again, using half a cup of butter instead of the coconut oil, following the same procedure.

And that did the trick.

I didn’t cover the ice cream here because it was so soft, but later, after we had frozen the ice cream (and I forgot to take out my camera again) we did cover it with chocolate. The Magic Shell worked perfectly, pouring on and over, and instantly solidifying into a hard candy shell. I put it in a jar and we microwaved it on subsequent nights afterward, until it was gone. I had a small jar, but fifteen seconds were enough. Also, I would recommend storing it in a glass jar rather than a plastic container, just because of the microwave element. That way, you can keep your Magic Shell Bisphenol-free.