The Country Cook: Homemade Magic Shell

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Homemade Magic Shell

I'm sure many of you are like me and have been hearing all the buzz lately about coconut oil. It has certainly gained a lot of attention in recent years. I was contacted by Kelapo recently (they are a coconut oil company) and they asked if I would like to give their product a try. I was up for the challenge. I had never really tried coconut oil before but I knew I had eaten popcorn that had been popped in coconut oil and I really enjoyed it.  So I started doing some research, not just what I could make with coconut oil, but I wanted to know what made it different or better than any other oils.I'm pretty sure if Tom Hank's character in Castaway had known how to make this stuff, he may have figured out a way to use it to get off the island sooner. Wilson!! 
Uses for Coconut Oil:
Hair conditioner and Hot oil treatment:
Coconut oil is used to treat dry and damaged hair and adds a tropical aroma to hair pomades and conditioning oil treatments, and as a lathering ingredient for natural shampoos and soaps. Apply warm coconut oil to damp hair and keep covered for 15 minutes. Shampoo and enjoy luxuriant shiny hair.

For Fatigue:
Adding coconut oil to your diet has been reported to increase energy.

For Skin Care:
Coconut oil forms a protective barrier to hold in moisture also penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to helping to keep connective tissues strong and supple. Coconut oil is readily absorbed into the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The coconut oil will aid in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin smoother.

For Teeth:
Mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on your toothbrush..

As a Make up remover:
Use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!

For your lips:
Just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection. Nature's own Chapstick!

And my favorite use for coconut oil? Cooking!

Now coconut oil obviously has a slight coconut flavor. So just be careful to what you are using it for. If you fry with it, it will impart a bit of that coconut flavor into whatever you are frying. hich isn't a bad thing, depending on what you are cooking. I actually fried up some small funnel cakes with this and that coconut flavor added a nice little background flavor. I think one of the most fun recipes I have tried with this recipe is Homemade Magic Shell.

Oh yeah, you read that right. You can make this stuff at home! And it is so easy to put together.  I had no idea that Magic Shell had coconut oil in it. Ya learn something new everyday, let me tell you. I went to the pantry and grabbed my bottle, and sure enough, there it was on the back.

This is such a fun activity for kids to help with. Have them pour and measure. And then let them watch as this liquid turns into a solid as it is poured over ice cream. And for all you science-minded folks out there, maybe you can even explain to them how it works instead of like me by saying, "It's Magic!" (of course, the really little ones accept this explanation pretty easily).
1 1/4 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil (measured when solid)
Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave about 1 minute. Give it a stir. You may need to microwave it for a few more seconds. You want it to be runny but not boiling over and burning. Stir again.
Pour into a bottle or glass jar (something that can be re-heated safely in the microwave). his doesn’t need to be stored in the refrigerator. The shelf life is about 2-3 weeks. You may need to reheat it in the microwave (without the lid) for about 15-30 seconds when you need to use it to get it back to a more liquid stage.
Cook’s Notes: You can substitute butter for the coconut oil but the coconut oil gives it the more 'real' Magic Shell flavor. Also, change it up and make it into so many different flavors. Instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips, you can use mint chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch or white chocolate!
Disclaimer: I was not compensated monetarily for this blog post. I was given a free sample of the product to taste test and review. All opinions of this product are mine and mine alone. 


  1. Fun! Coconut oil has a melting/freezing point of 76F. So to harden your homemade Magic Shell, it only has to be poured on something colder than 76F. This might be why you have to microwave it to make it pourable even at room temperature.

    The chocolate it's combined with melts at closer to 90F, so the two items together would make a hardening point more in the 80-degree range.

    In the winter it'll be even more firm sitting in the pantry.

  2. Patricia, I knew I could count on you to explain the "science" behind it!! Thank you :)

  3. Great use of your coconut oil! I love magic shell even as a grown woman!

  4. I order my coconut oil from Tropical Traditions in 5 gallon buckets (yes, we use it for EVERYTHING). I buy the kind that has been expeller pressed, so it has no flavor at all....which means I can use it in place of all other bad oils to cook anything, without coconut flavoring.

  5. Mmmmm ... I have a feeling that stuff smells amazing! I just wish the husband would love coconut as much as I do. (I'd use coconut oil for probably just about all of those things you mention.) I'm sure he'd love this magic shell, though! And we'd be happy thinking it's all just magic. ;)

  6. How COOL is this! Can't wait to try it. It would be gone in seconds here!

  7. I found your blog through Mommy's Kitchen Sunday Potluck. So glad too! My dear hubby loves Magic Shell! I am loving all your recipes. I have spotlighted you on my blog. Stop by and grab my button. I will be back regularly for more recipes! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Made this for dinner tonight after seeing it on my facebook wall this morning! It was amazing!!! I added one package of cubed ham to it as well and served it with a wonderful lettuce salad. My daughter said it was just like Bennigans, her favorite, so that was a huge compliment. Its worth making and I'm sure will now be one of our faves! Thanks!

  9. Not sure how that got posted under the wrong recipe. It was for the potato soup. Lol

  10. I came across your blog on At the Well and I love your post! My kids will go crazy over this homemade Magic Shell!

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  11. I can't wait to try this out. I have a jar of coconut oil in the pantry that I just haven't gotten around to figuring out what to use it for! This is perfect! :)


  12. I love Magic Shell! I have a jar of coconut oil sitting in my pantry just waiting to be used and this is the perfect recipe!

  13. I love chocolate hard shells on ice cream! Going to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Just made this worked! My husband is a big fan and was super impressed. Thank you for the recipe!!

  15. So I remember I made this magic shell last year and then forgot about it ... until I've been hearing again all the good things about coconut oil. So I just bought a 32 oz container and LOVE IT! I've been putting it in my oatmeal and coffee mainly, but then remembered the magic shell idea! YUMMO. Although I forgot to check your recipe and just used chocolate syrup ... it wasn't as chocolately as I'm sure it would be with the choc. chips, so I'm def. using chips next time!

  16. My parents got me try the coconut oil. Mine doesn't have that coconut flavor. I think it's extra virgin or something like that. It really does give you energy. Helps with acne too. I put it in my coffee some times. Fry an egg with it. It's wonderful stuff. Some ppl have even lost weight off of it. And some ppl may not loose the weight but loose inches. Like me. Not weight loss, but I have lot several inches. :)

  17. i love coconut anything but i have to take benadryl to keep it from making me itch lol

  18. I LOVE coconut oil! I put it in my hair and go to hot yoga, or sleep in a shower cap and it's a wonderful conditioner! I also put a tbsp in my fruit smoothies. I love how it's solid then the minute it hits my tongue it melts great texture and flavor. I'm making this magic shell tonight! Thanks

  19. Just made this tonight in less than 5 minutes. Better flavor than the store bought. Thanks for the recipe it was so easy!

  20. Just an fyi...I came over to your site via Pinterest to scope out that awesome take on Magic Shell ice cream topper and I couldn't read the whole article because of the LARGE ad on the right side of your site. It couldn't be moved nor could I find an X to close it. It was really a distraction. Just wanted you to know so you could make some adjustments.


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