chocolate peanut butter magic shell

chocolate peanut butter magic shell

I know, I know.  I am so late to this.  And it’s really not much of a recipe (but hey, I have an almost two month (what?!) old).  But it seems like I would be remiss not to tell you about the one dessert that has been dominating our kitchen for the past two+ months.  We love this so much.  It’s the homemade version of my favorite store-bought ice cream topping, a chocolate and peanut butter sauce that hardens up over the cold ice cream to give you a crunchy shell on top (for those of you unfamiliar…which surely is no one).

We have been having this on a semi-regular basis (we try to keep it to at least every two or three nights only).  And still, whenever I look at Gerrit and say “Magic shell tonight?” our eyes both get wide with excitement.  I’ve also started trying to pass this off as a dessert when we have guests for dinner (well, mostly our families), and have now gotten my parents equally addicted to it as well.

The thing is, when something is this easy to make, it is hard to resist.  Because mixing together three things and putting them in the microwave is only a step above actually getting the ice cream out of the freezer as far as level-of-difficulty goes.  But it’s special enough that I don’t find myself battling against the pull of my pantry (coconut oil….peanut butter…chocolate…all just sitting right there where I can see them!) for middle of the day snacking.

Ok, maybe once.  But it was just so I could take some pictures for you.  Promise.

chocolate peanut butter magic shell

chocolate peanut butter magic shell

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: Enough for 1-2 people

I could go on and on about my love for magic shell, so I'll try to be brief. It is the simplest ice cream topping to make, and it is also my favorite. Like really, my favorite. Maybe even more so than hot fudge sauce. And while I love the chocolate peanut butter version of this, I think the flavor possibilities are enormous. Another of our favorites is to use your favorite version of chocolate hazelnut spread with the coconut oil. And next up for us I think we might try a chocolate mint flavored version. Just know that the coconut oil is what is essential here; it's what makes the shell harden on top of the ice cream. Beyond that though, have fun.


  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • Ice cream or frozen yogurt (for serving)


  1. Combine the coconut oil, peanut butter, and chocolate chips in a small bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds, until the coconut oil is melted. Then stir together until smooth.
  2. Spoon over the ice cream of your choice (I recommend vanilla) and wait a minute for the shell to harden before eating.

2 Responses

  1. Monet October 6, 2014 at 12:09 am |

    I had no idea it was this easy! I can’t wait to recreate one of my childhood favorites!

  2. Jenny @ BAKE October 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm |

    I have not had magic shell in years! your writing about it has definitely got me craving it now – and I have all three ingredients in my cupboard! I just need to get some ice cream!


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