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Divine (Almost Healthy) DIY Magic Shell

Updated on June 28, 2014

Make It Yourself... But Better

I loved Magic Shell as a child. I would pour it on - the more the better - and wait for it to harden. I couldn't wait to crack the chocolate shell with my spoon, and truth be told... I still love it as an adult! What I don't love is the unhealthy additives in it. I can't look at the product the same way.

Recently a friend of mine was diagnosed with diabetes. That was unfortunate for him, but since then, he's started eating healthier, has lost weight and feels better than he has in years. Part of his lifestyle change has been to significantly decrease refined sugars. But that doesn't mean his sweet tooth went away. Lucky for me... he recently shared the most basic recipe for DIY Magic Shell. Of course, I couldn't just leave that alone, so I played with the recipe and came up with some original recipes that I want to share with you. I hope you like them!

All photos on this page are my own.

Cooking with Coconut Oil

Cooking with Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living
Cooking with Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living

As many of my friends and family members can attest, changing your lifestyle to be gluten-free and grain-free can be very difficult. But it's not impossible when you have access to flavorful recipes that can rock your tastebuds. This cookbook will change your perspective on gluten-free and grain-free cooking!

 
Dark Chocolate shell
Dark Chocolate shell

There are a lot of DIY "Magic Shell" recipes out there, but this is the most basic one I can find. I like the simplicity of it. This base recipe allows me to build from here - minimizing unnatural sweeteners or other unnecessary additives.

That's the point of making it myself... making healthier choices while still enjoying delicious foods!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir in the cocoa until smooth and creamy.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Drizzle over ice cream and wait about 1 minute for the shell to form.
  5. Enjoy!
Cast your vote for Dark Chocolate "Magic Shell"

The Secret Behind the "Shell"

Coconut oil freezes at 77 degrees Fahrenheit, so when it cools on the ice cream, it gets cold enough to harden and form a shell. Use one of these recipes (or create your own) to make it delicious!

Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

Parts of the explanation are a bit technical. However, I have found Dr. Mercola to be a reliable source of information about health and health products. My brother, who is a doctor, also recommends his site for information. It is worth watching this video all the way through.

Storage -

Store your mixture in air tight jars in the refrigerator to keep it fresh longer.

Making Dark Chocolate Mint shell
Making Dark Chocolate Mint shell

Dark Chocolate Mint "Magic Shell"

I'm a sucker for the combination of mint and chocolate. Make it dark chocolate and I'll melt (haha). I love this recipe with just a touch of natural sweetener.

It takes any plain bowl of ice cream from "meh" to amazing!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp. Creme de Menthe
  • 1 Tbsp. real maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir in cocoa, Creme de Menthe and maple syrup until smooth and creamy.
  3. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Drizzle over ice cream and wait about 1 minute for shell to form.
  5. Enjoy!

Using It Again After Storage

When you want to use it, warm it in the microwave. Stir it every 30 seconds until it is, once again, smooth and creamy. As always... Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Espresso shell
Dark Chocolate Espresso shell

Dark Chocolate Espresso "Magic Shell"

If you love the somewhat bitter flavor of dark chocolate and coffee, this is a great recipe for you without any of the added calories of any kind of sweeteners. My co-workers - all coffee drinkers - loved this on a bowl of French Vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp. espresso powder

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Mix in cocoa powder until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add espresso powder and stir in well.
  4. Allow to cool for a few minutes. Then drizzle over ice cream.
  5. Wait 1 minute for the shell to harden.
  6. Enjoy!

Your Shopping List

Some of these products can be a challenge to find, especially in rural grocery stores. My local store is getting better, but still doesn't carry as wide of a variety of products as I'd like. Amazon is a great resource and saves me time and money in getting the products I can't get locally.

Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 fl oz
Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 fl oz

Coconut oil keeps for a long time in the cupboard. However, this is a good size jar to start with if you are just learning about the benefits of coconut oil.

 
Healthworks Cacao Powder Organic, 1lb
Healthworks Cacao Powder Organic, 1lb

Cocoa is a great natural product that has tons of delicious uses. I love to use it in holiday desserts, to satisfy my sweet tooth without adding too much sweetness and in recipes like this.

 
Medaglia D'Oro  Espresso Instant Coffee, 2 Oz
Medaglia D'Oro Espresso Instant Coffee, 2 Oz

A little espresso powder goes a long way. I like to add it to my chocolate recipes for a little added flavor and energy. It's especially great for my coffee-loving friends.

 
Reese Syrup, Cream De Menthe, 8-Ounce
Reese Syrup, Cream De Menthe, 8-Ounce

You can use a syrup like this or the alcohol version. Either works. It's the flavor you're after. Also perfect for a grasshopper or grasshopper pie. Deliciously minty!

 
Butternut Mountain Farm 100% Pure Maple Syrup From Vermont, Grade A (Prev. Grade B), Dark Color, Robust Taste, All Natural, Easy Pour Jug, 16 Fl Oz, 1 Pint
Butternut Mountain Farm 100% Pure Maple Syrup From Vermont, Grade A (Prev. Grade B), Dark Color, Robust Taste, All Natural, Easy Pour Jug, 16 Fl Oz, 1 Pint

Here's my "plug" for real maple syrup. Once you try the real thing, you'll never go back to "Aunt Jemima" or her equivalents. There's just something about the real thing. It can cost a bit more, but you don't need to use as much on your pancakes so it all works out in the end. Go for the real thing (if you can)!

 

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      morewithlessmom 

      4 years ago

      I pinned it! Hello from Mostly Homemade Mondays.

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      marilyn_lesniak 

      4 years ago

      Wow, i haven't seen magic shell here in years. I remember getting it at Dairy Queen. This one is a keeper. Hope you come back next week for MM.

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