There’s something magic about pouring Magic Shell on top of a scoop of ice cream. It comes out of the bottle as a shiny liquid, hits the cold surface of the ice cream and transforms into a matte, solid topping right before your eyes. I loved it when I was a child and my children feel the same way.
A few weeks ago, I happened upon a recipe for a homemade version of magic shell. It only required two ingredients, both of which I happened to have on hand. The process was as simple as warming the ingredients and stirring them until they formed a congruous mixture.
I take great pride in finding new ways to replace store bought items with simple, delicious, homemade alternatives. If the process can also be used as a homeschool science lesson, all the better.
In moments, I had assembled my children and the ingredients to make our own version of the crispy, magical ice cream shell topping. A few minutes later, we gathered around bowls of ice cream for the moment of truth. I spooned a bit of the liquid topping over the first scoop. We all waited, eager to see if magic would happen. It did, producing a lovely, solid shell over the top of each scoop. We used our spoons to crack open the shell and take the first taste.
The flavor of the topping was extraordinary. The subtle flavor of coconut was paired beautifully with our homemade vanilla extract and the dark chocolate chips we had used. We all agreed that this homemade version was delicious. We couldn’t wait to try it with different chocolates, white chocolate, and other flavored baking chips we had in the pantry. The possibilities were endless and sure to put smiles on my children’s faces. Now that’s magic!
Homemade Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping
adapted from Two-Ingredient Magic Shell by Food52
We used chocolate chips in this recipe, but you could use chopped chocolate with equally delicious results. Both the coconut oil and chocolate are liquid when heated, solid at room temperature. Should your mixture become too thick to spoon over ice cream, simply warm it for a few seconds in the microwave.
3/4 cup (120 grams) chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
1/3 cup (80 grams) coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to cool slightly before pouring over ice cream. Store at room temperature, warming if necessary to re-liquefy.