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Chocolate Topping..Homemade 'Magic Shell'

This is a quick and simple homemade treat to serve over ice cream and a lovely gift to give from your kitchen. I am already dreaming of all the different toppings I can make maybe chocolate with jalapeno. I'll be back in summer with more ideas.
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or you can chop up your favorite melting chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons butter or coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
  1. Melt chocolate chips and butter (or coconut oil) in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave another few seconds and stir again until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is smooth. You might need a few more seconds in the microwave but be careful it doesn't burn.
  2. Add vanilla and stir until well blended.
  3. Pour into a glass jar and cover with a lid, I used a jam jar, it's important to pour into a microwavable container.
  4. You do not need to refrigerate as it will keep for a few weeks in the pantry.
  5. The next time you have a yearning for this delightful topping just reheat in the microwave (remember to remove the lid) for a few seconds till it's liquid again.
  6. Spoon or drizzle over ice cream. It will form into a hard shell.
  7. Yield: approx 1 cup 


  1. Great gift idea! Did you use butter or coconut oil?

  2. Hope to try this soon--thank you for the recipe!

  3. What a lovely GIFT idea! I think I'll make up a couple of these to give as gifts. Thanks SO much for this idea! Merry CHRISTmas! ;) Stop by my blog today if you have a moment - I'm doing a Christmas Auction in honor of a little girl named Amelia. :) Her story is amazing...and heartfelt.

  4. Betty, it seems lately I really love your recipes! They just seem to "suit" me and the food my family enjoys! Some recipes are from my childhood, that mom would make. She is spending her first Christmas in heaven this year!
    Thanks so much to all the MGCC gals! God bless!
    D Penner

  5. I assume you add the vanilla at the same time. Or do you add it after you microwave the other?

  6. I have been doing this for years only I also add Peanut kids love it and I love it too much!

  7. That sounds so delicious! I just wonder one thing though... Do you just use what you want and then put the whole jar away again? Does that mean you re-microwave the topping over and over again? Just wondering if that wouldn't ruin it by the time you got to the bottom?

  8. Could this same chocolate sauce be used for dipping shortbread?

  9. Country Kitchen..Both butter and coconut oil work, I used coconut oil this time.
    Grannie Annie..I corrected the recipe now, you add the vanill after the chocolate is melted. Anyway, that is what I did, it might not make much of a difference.
    he1ena..Yes,reheat the topping when needed. It's only a cup and should be used within a few weeks.
    Marg..Sure you can use this as a dip for your cookies. When I dip my cookies in this chocolate I place them in a pan and put the pan in the freezer for a bit to harden the chocolate before storing the cookies between layers of waxed paper.

  10. What a great idea. I will be making this, as my husband loves that Magic Shell stuff but I never have it on hand but I always have choc. chips butter and vanilla :)

  11. Yummm, I'm going to make this and add peppermint flavoring.

  12. I just ate some, and it's awesome! Thanks grammmmmaaaa!

  13. shirley reimer bertheletteDecember 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM


  14. This sounds really good! I would think, for those who didn't want to microwave the mixture each time, they could either put it in several smaller containers or they could set the jar in a small pan or crockpot of hot water. Oh, I bet this would be yummy using butterscotch chips!!

  15. I did something terribly wrong. Ended up with something like very dry fudge. Help!!!

  16. You probably got water in your chocolate causing it to "seize". It's important, when melting chocolate, to not get any water or steam in it. It also helps to use a good quality chocolate.


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