When you’re craving chocolate (which is practically every day), Magic Shell, the chocolate dip that hardens into a chocolate candy shell, is by far the best choice (read: Klondike bar, McDonald’s chocolate-dipped soft serve, King cones).

These easy DIY Magic Shell recipes will satisfy your chocolate craving, and won’t break the bank!

Chocolate Dip (AKA Magic Shell)

  • Prep Time:1 minute
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:6 minutes
  • Servings:2 cups
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 250 grams dark chocolate (66%-72%)
  • 200 grams refined coconut oil
  • 125 grams light (clear) corn syrup
  • 1 squeeze bottle
Photo by Vicky Wasik
Photo by Vicky Wasik
  • Step 1

    Combine chocolate, coconut oil, and corn syrup in a bowl.

  • Step 2

    Microwave in 3 to 4 15-second intervals, stirring with a spoon in between until the chocolate is melted.

  • Step 3

    Transfer the dip to a bowl and store at room temperature, stirring with a spoon if it separates.

King Cones

  • Prep Time:36 minutes
  • Cook Time:8 minutes
  • Total Time:44 minutes
  • Servings:1 King cone
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 squeeze bottle of Magic Shell
  • 1 cone
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 bowl of crushed peanuts
Photo by Vicky Wasik
Photo by Vicky Wasik
  • Step 1

    Load a squeeze bottle with chocolate dip.

  • Step 2

    Drizzle it down the inside of the cone as you spin it, and make the chocolate filling on the bottom as big as you want.

  • Step 3

    Use a tall, narrow glass (maybe a champagne glass?) to keep the cone upright and freeze it for 20-30 minutes until it is fully hardened.

  • Step 4

    Once your cones are frozen solid, tamp your favorite ice cream all the way down into the cone, and get a spherical scoop for the top.

  • Step 5

    Dip the ice cream cone in the pool of chocolate dip.

  • Step 6

    Once fully coated, spin the cone above the container to drain off the excess.

  • Step 7

    Roll your cone quickly in the chopped peanuts, and wait 30 seconds for the dip to fully harden.

  • Step 8

    Dig in!

    Photo by Vicky Wasik
    Photo by Vicky Wasik

Klondike Bars

  • Prep Time:50 minutes
  • Cook Time:7 minutes
  • Total Time:57 minutes
  • Servings:3 or 4 Klondike bars
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 cup chocolate dip
  • 1 pint high-quality ice cream
  • Wax paper
  • Cutting board
  • Aluminum foil
Photo by Jamie Rhee
Photo by Jamie Rhee
  • Step 1

    Remove the ice cream lid, then cut the edge of the container with a sharp knife, cutting just deep enough to go through the cardboard.

  • Step 2

    Peel off the container.

  • Step 3

    Lay the pint upside down and slice off the edges (try to cut straight down for even squares).

  • Step 4

    Cut the ice cream block into 3 or 4 pieces.

  • Step 5

    Arrange the squares on a cutting board or small aluminum sheet pan lined with wax paper, and let them harden in the freezer.

  • Step 6

    Once your ice cream is firm again, stab one end with a popsicle stick or fork and quickly dip it into your bowl of chocolate dip.

  • Step 7

    Spin the bar above the dip to drip off excess. The shell needs 30 seconds to completely harden.

  • Step 8

    Wait 10 seconds after that, then lay the bar on a fresh sheet of wax paper, slide the fork out, and put it back in the freezer.

  • Step 9

    After 30 minutes, wrap them in foil and dig in.

Mister Softee Soft Serve

  • Prep Time:1 minute
  • Cook Time:3 minutes
  • Total Time:4 minutes
  • Servings:About 3 soft serves
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cup chocolate dip
  • Wafer cones
Photo by Jamie Rhee
Photo by Jamie Rhee
  • Step 1

    Take a wafer cone and mound a big spoonful of ice cream on it.

  • Step 2

    Dip it into your chocolate dip in one quick motion.

  • Step 3

    Rotate it above the dip so excess can drip away.

  • Step 4

    Let the dip harden completely for about 30 seconds (it will turn matte) before biting in.

Ice Cream Pops

  • Prep Time:30 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time:3 hours
  • Servings:About 5 ice cream pops
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 pint ice cream
  • 2 cup chocolate dip
  • 3 ounce Dixie cups
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Topping of your choice (sprinkles, peanuts, whatever you want)
Photo by Jamie Rhee
Photo by Jamie Rhee
  • Step 1

    Let the ice cream soften enough that you can easily spoon it into the Dixie cups.

  • Step 2

    Shove a popsicle stick halfway down each cup and let the ice cream harden in the freezer for at least two or three hours.

  • Step 3

    With a knife or clean pair of scissors, cut the paper cup away from the frozen ice cream.

  • Step 4

    Dunk the pops in the chocolate dip one at a time.

  • Step 5

    Twirl them over the dip so the excess drains away, and while it’s still glossy, roll them around in the topping of your choice.

  • Step 6

    Wait for them to fully harden and enjoy!