Easy Magic Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping

This easy to make 2-ingredient magic chocolate shell is the most delicious way to take ice cream to the next level. It combines chocolate and coconut oil that magically hardens when it meets cold ice cream. A treat the kids (and big kids too) are sure to love!

Easy Magic Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Remember when you were little and one of the biggest treats was getting a soft serve ice cream cone dipped in chocolate. I loved watching the chocolate harden quickly and couldn’t wait to bite into that delicious hard chocolate shell to get to the creamy ice cream underneath.

Easy Magic Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Well, now you can quickly and easily make your own chocolate hard shell topping with only 2 ingredients. Now I know you can buy bottles of chocolate hard shell in the store but did you ever read the ingredients list? It’s a lot more than 2 ingredients and they add extra sugar and salt. So why not make your own, it only takes about 3 minutes. Yep, that’s all! And it keeps on your shelf for up to 2 months.

Easy Magic Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping | 2 Cookin MamasYou can also duplicate the soft serve ice cream by just adding a little cream to your regular hard ice cream. Here’s how:

Soft Serve Ice Cream: Place scoops of your favorite flavor hard ice cream in a medium bowl. Pour cream over the top so that it pools slightly in the bottom. I used a vanilla flavored coffee creamer for added flavor, but any cream will do, then stir well to incorporate. Place in the freezer for about 2 hours, stirring at least twice during that time. When you are ready to serve, take out of the freezer and stir again. To get it extra creamy, blend with a hand or stand mixer. You can now scoop into serving bowls or place in a ziploc bag with a corner cut out and squeeze out into an ice cream cone. Add the delicious chocolate shell & scarf it down! Yum!

Easy Magic Chocolate Shell for bananas | 2 Cookin Mamas

Want to know a secret? This hard shell topping doesn’t only work on ice cream but on frozen sliced bananas (or any frozen fruit for that matter) for a treat more on the healthy side. Great for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or an after school snack.


Easy Magic Chocolate Shell
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 mins

This easy to make 2-ingredient magic chocolate shell is a delicious way to take ice cream to the next level. And it takes less than 3 minutes!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate, easy recipe, ice cream, ice cream topper
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 90 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup milk, semi-sweet or dark chocolate
  • Garnish: chopped nuts, sprinkles (optional)
  1. Place both ingredients in microwave safe container, I used a 2-cup measuring cup. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave again for 30 seconds or until all chocolate has melted.

  2. Let cool. Place in a squeezable plastic bottle, like an old ketchup or mustard bottle, or in an easy-pour pitcher until ready for use.
  3. When ready, just pour slowly over ice cream, if you like, you can quickly add chopped nuts or sprinkles and watch it harden almost instantly.

Recipe Notes

Will keep on the shelf for up to 2 months.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Magic Chocolate Shell
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 26mg 1%
Sugars 1g
Vitamin A 0.7%
Calcium 2.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy Magic Chocolate Shell Ice Cream Topping | 2 Cookin Mamas Just 2 ingredients & 3 minutes and you can have that magic hard chocolate shell for your favorite ice cream. It's homemade so you know what's in it & it keeps for 2 months. #recipe #dessert


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  • Reply
    08/29/2014 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Ladies,
    Thanks for this recipe, was very interested to see i can make my own hardening chocolate sauce instead of buying the bottled stuff, it must be much better for me and looks so easy to make.
    But I have a quick question on the coconut oil. – when i went to the store there were two types of coconut oil. One looked like regular cooking oil, golden yellow and fluid like in a bottle. Then there was a white paste looking product in a jar. Which one should i be using?
    Keep up the good work.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      08/30/2014 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Denise,
      Definitely get the one that is more like a paste or shortening, I like to use the LouAna brand. This type of more pastey oil is high in saturated fat so as the temperature drops, the fat hardens giving you the hardened shell. The liquid coconut oil is really not a natural coconut oil at all but a manufactured oil where the manufacturer has removed some of the fatty acids, mostly the saturated ones, that remain solid at lower temperatures. The fatty acids in coconut oil comprise about 50% of real coconut oil and those are the fats that have been linked to many health benefits. Thanks for the question and hope you enjoy this delicious shell as much as the kids and adults did at our house.

      • Reply
        08/31/2014 at 7:41 pm

        Thank you Linda. I can’t wait to try it out. 🙂

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