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Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

There was an ice cream parlor near my grand mother’s house named after a cartoon character and besides a variety of ice cream flavors, they offered a whole selection of toppings as well. I still remember those squeezable bottles lined up in a shelf, ready to get picked and squeezed! Like most kids chocolate used to be my auto select. But which type? Sauce? Fudge? Hot fudge? Hard Shell? Argh!!! As if selecting three ice cream flavors wasn’t enough of a challenge for a ten years old. Usually I had fudge topping and then once my elder brother opted for hard shell topping and I was so amazed to see a regular looking chocolate sauce turning into hard shell like covering. Magic! Those couple of seconds were quite magical.

      Last year I found this recipe while googling some food site on my phone and it made me so nostalgic that I captured a screen shot instantly but sadly I do not have the web link saved. Any how, it is NOT my recipe. I have tried it so many times with milk chocolate, semi sweet and dark chocolate chips. All work just fine. Use good quality chocolate chips or cooking chocolate to get the best taste. You can easily half the recipe. Dip vanilla bar ice cream to have your own choc bar or dip a whole scoop in it and have a fully hard shell coated scoop of ice cream or keep it simple and spoon over the ice cream. Try to consume the prepared topping as soon as it is made as it gets hard when temperature drops. Still if some quantity is left you can refrigerate for a couple of days and re heat on stove top or microwave on high till it melts. It is naturally gluten free.

Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

A three ingredient treat.

Course Dessert
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine I used salted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Melt chocolate chips and butter in a double boiler.

  2. Remove from the stove top and add oil. Mix well.

  3. Let cool to room temperature.

  4. When dipped into or spooned over ice cream and it will create a hard chocolate shell.

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