How to Make Magic Hard Shell Topping for Ice Cream

Homemade Magic Hard Shell Topping

Looking for a healthy alternative to the magic hard shell to put on your ice cream?

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I’ve been making magic hard shell with a mix of chocolate chips and coconut oil for a few years but I wanted to be able to make it without using chocolate chips. After testing this recipe over the last month I’ve come up with a combination of wholesome ingredients that work great! You can also use this magic shell recipe to make chocolate covered ice cream pops, chocolate covered fruit pops and chocolate covered bananas!

Magic Hard Shell

Homemade Magic Hard Shell Topping (Made without chocolate chips)



  1. Gently heat the coconut oil, cocoa powder and honey together in a small saucepan over low.
  2. Stir until ingredients are melted. Add vanilla and salt and mix.
  3. Pour warm magic shell sauce over ice cream or dessert of choice.
  4. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
  5. Reheat over low to reuse.
  6. This recipe makes approximately 1 1/4 cup of magic shell sauce.

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How to Make Magic Hard Shell Topping for Ice Cream
  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • ¼ Cup Raw Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  1. Gently heat the coconut oil, cocoa powder and honey together in a small saucepan over low. Stir until ingredients are melted.
  2. Add vanilla and salt and mix.
  3. Pour warm magic shell sauce over ice cream or dessert of choice. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Reheat over low to reuse.

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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.
29 comments… add one
  • Justin February 16, 2016, 4:51 pm

    Just used your recipe – the intention is to use it on frozen bananas. However, while I waited to use it for that, I decided to try it on top of homemade peppermint chip gelato. Hardened up very crispy and tastes great. Thanks!

  • Jude February 1, 2016, 7:39 pm


    Do you think it would work with agave syrup rather than honey or maple syrup!?



    • Antonio April 10, 2016, 7:50 am

      It would probably work, but it would be less healthy.

  • julie November 20, 2014, 6:41 pm

    Hi Tiffany,I don’t like the taste of coconut oil in sweets i find it too strong, in everything else its ok,is there anything else i can usr in place of ? thankyou Julie

    • The Coconut Mama November 22, 2014, 12:58 pm

      Expeller pressed coconut oil doesn’t have the coconut flavor and will work in place of virgin coconut oil.

  • Margo Hill November 17, 2014, 10:30 am

    Can you please add me to your list?
    Thank you

  • Nicolette September 11, 2014, 4:24 am

    I just made this and had it with some Coyo icecream and it was so yummy! I loved it! Will definitely make it again 🙂

  • Ruth July 8, 2014, 3:05 am

    This didn’t work for me at all! The ingredients simply did not mix together. The cocoa powder stuck together in cooked lumps while the maple syrup and coconut oil mixed together nicely.

    • Jennifer February 7, 2015, 10:24 am

      Me too! I was so disappointed! I don’t know why the ingredients wouldn’t combine. It was like trying to mix oil and water. Can someone who had theirs work let us know what we might need to do differently?

  • jade May 27, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Mine turned into a lumpy chocolatey goo after I added the vanilla and salt :-\

  • Lyla May 27, 2014, 8:13 am

    Do you happen to know the shelf life of this? 🙂

  • How to make ice cream October 8, 2013, 12:47 am

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  • Alicia Weishaar September 26, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Please, I’d like to know where you purchase all your cute/fancy little jars from? I love the products on your site and come often.

    • Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama September 26, 2013, 9:02 pm

      Thanks, Alicia! I found this bottle at a local thrift shop! Sorry I can’t link to an online seller :(.

      ~ Tiffany

      • Alicia Weishaar September 27, 2013, 8:54 am

        I’d really love to find a nice wholesale place that sells different assorted bottles/mason jars. So far I have not found one that I can get cheaper than buying from Balls. I love that little jar you have i’ll have to start hitting some thrift shoppes up to see what I can find.

  • KRIS July 24, 2013, 6:22 pm

    When you click on the link it takes you to a cacao product not cocoa

  • April July 13, 2013, 8:01 pm

    Just made this for hubbyI. He declared it “slap your momma good!”

  • Beck July 12, 2013, 3:55 am

    I think you meant cacao powder?

    • Fathom July 17, 2013, 9:14 am

      Nope. Cocoa powder. Check it out in your grocery store. Its in the baking section.

      • Theresa M. Houghton July 24, 2013, 9:59 pm

        According to FDA guidelines, cocoa powder and cacao powder are simply different terms for the same powder, and are nearly interchangeable; however, “cacao powder” specifically refers to raw, unsweetened powder. “Cocoa powder,” on the other hand, may still have a very small amount of cocoa butter present to enhance the flavor subtly.”

        you can use either but when you change to different cocoa powders or cacao powder the taste will change as the cocoa levels change

    • Tam November 5, 2013, 11:33 am

      I replace processed cocoa powder with raw cacao in every recipe that I’ve ever come across.


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