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DIY Magic Shell Recipe by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

July is National Ice Cream Month… aww yeah!

By Cindy Hopper

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.

This is my kind of holiday! To celebrate we made our own “Magic Shell” ice cream topping.

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It was unbelievably easy— and it tastes pretty close to the real thing! My husband even thought it tasted like the dipped cones at 
Dairy Queen.

DIY Magic Shell Recipe for Ice Cream Ingredients

1 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (measured when solid)
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DIY Magic Shell Recipe for Ice Cream Instructions

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.

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Pour into a bottle. We used a recycled pickle relish bottle. (We recommend a glass bottle if you’re gonna refrigerate and then heat.)

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Store in the refrigerator (though in the summer it’s likely to stay liquidy unrefrigerated). To serve, heat the glass bottle (open cap) in the microwave for 30 seconds until liquid. Stir and continue heating at 30 second intervals if not liquid after the first 30 seconds. Pour over your favorite ice cream and in a few seconds you will see magic!

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Notes for DIY Magic Shell Recipe:

  • You can substitute butter for the coconut oil, however the coconut oil gives the more ‘real’ Magic Shell flavor.
  • You can use milk chocolate chips, but everyone we served preferred the semi-sweet chocolate chips

Looking for more ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Month? Try making ice cream with kids. You might also enjoy these yummy ice cream sandwiches!

About the Author

Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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