Homemade Minty Magic Shell

by Susan on July 16, 2012

I still remember when Smuckers’ Magic Shell busted onto the scene in the 80s. It really livened up our family dinner parties, and we religiously tried out every flavor available. Mint was by far my favorite, and although Magic Shell has stood the test of time, the mint variety went the way of bowl cuts and Monchhichi.

This loss isn’t one I exactly mourn, though, as the Smucker’s product is (not surprisingly) not one I’d recommend. Sugar is the first ingredient in all varieties, and many contain food dyes and artificial flavors. Making your own healthy magic shell is not only inexpensive but healthier, and still provides the fun factor of the original.

There are countless blog posts and recipes out there on the subject, so I thought I’d toss my hat into the ring with my take on my favorite mint. The “secret” ingredient is one of my favorite kitchen mainstays: coconut oil. The oil stays solid at room temperature and liquifies when heated, thus creating the hard shell when coming in contact with chilly ice cream.

Homemade Minty Magic Shell

1 cup coconut oil
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used vegan chips from Whole Foods)
10 drops of mint Stevia (you could also use peppermint extract)

Heat oil, chips and stevia in a small pot over low heat, stirring until blended. Remove from heat and refrigerate (I put mine in a mason jar). When ready to use, heat up for 30 seconds in microwave to liquify the mixture before spooning over your frozen treat of choice.

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Crystel July 17, 2012 at 2:34 am

my favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio or cookies ‘n cream! :)

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Lisa July 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I love amaretto gelato! And pistachio (with chunks!)… and anything with cinnamon. I really haven’t met many flavors that I don’t like :P

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Beth July 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I like plain vanilla ice cream, with either shaved chocolate or chocolate chips on top. Think I’ll give your chocolate shell a try.
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Beth July 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

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Cynthia Carter July 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I love pralines and cream, but at home I want vanilla so I can add my flavors. I have done the magic shell with coconut oil and carob, I’ll have to add mint next time!

As far as type of ice cream, I try to go for the one with the least additives.

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Sarah July 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

My favorite ice cream has got to be mint chip, it was always a special treat my mom would buy for us as kids; or the Schwan’s cinnamon pumpkin flavor they come out with in the fall, it has pecans and swirls of cinnamon with a wonderful pumpkin flavor, can’t wait for fall time!!!!

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Cristina @ An Organic Wife July 17, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I love real ice cream, preferably homemade, my favorite flavor is peppermint!

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Tami Lewis July 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

my fav ice cream is plain old chocolate!

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Tami Lewis July 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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Jaime Layton July 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Love the magic shell!!

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Anna W July 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I can’t eat dairy so my favorite frosty treat is pineapple whips from Springfield, MO. Unlike the ones at disney world these are dairy free, and just the most amazing thing ever!

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Jaime Layton July 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I love mint and magic shell!!

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Lolita July 17, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I love a good vanilla bean ice cream and WOW! this magic shell recipe would be so perfect over vanilla bean!

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Jessica U July 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I’m a peanutbutter lover, especially swirled in chocolate. Yum!

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molli mc. g. July 17, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I like vanilla bean– must be hard-pack! mmmm!
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Brenna July 18, 2012 at 12:19 am

Oh man I LOVE this idea! I would like to try root beer stevia with white chocolate chips on vanilla bean ice cream! Yumm!!!! I have been subscribed to TT’s newsletter for a while now. Love them! brogers1026/at/hotmail.com

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Sue D July 18, 2012 at 3:14 am

My favorite ice cream is my homemade vanilla. I will have to try this magic shell on it.

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Christina July 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I love coconut frozen yogurt or gelato. In fact, I’m thinking it would be delicious with a plain chocolate variation of your Magic Shell recipe above. mmmmmmmm

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Kristen July 18, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I subscribe. My favorite is Moose Tracks. I’ve made the regular magic shell recipe (chocolate chips and coconut oil) twice in the past two weeks. It’s delicious!

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la smith July 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

My favorite ice cream is cookies and cream. I already subsribe to the newsletter.Thanks.

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ikkinlala July 21, 2012 at 8:52 pm

My favourite ice cream flavour is homemade fresh peach – the season is short, so it’s a real treat. If I’m buying ice cream, though, I usually stick to vanilla or chocolate and get creative with the toppings.

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domestic diva July 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I like very chocolately chocolate ice cream.

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c July 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!

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Andrea July 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm

My favorite is probably mint chocolate chip. :) I hope I win! I LOVE coconut oil!

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Tracy July 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

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Karen Butler July 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I started using coconut oil a few months back and am pleasantly suprised how much I like it. I haven’t used it on my skin yet, but I’ve heard it’s great that way also.

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Janet McCollom July 22, 2012 at 11:51 pm

I melt together equal parts cocoa powder and coconut oil and add Stevia to taste. I love coffee ice cream!

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SALLY KING July 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

My favorite ice cream is anything with chocolate and nuts.

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Kevin P July 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Favorite ice cream by a landslide is Blue Bell Snickerdoodle. It was just so unique.
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Susan July 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm

love all of the posts so far! I’m now craving pumpkin, peach, coffee…

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Vashti M July 24, 2012 at 4:47 am

I love vanilla ice cream the best. I’m not vegan but we make a lot of banana ‘ice cream’ by putting frozen bananas in the food processor!

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Vashti M July 24, 2012 at 4:47 am

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Richelle July 24, 2012 at 5:17 am

Already am a subscriber. I love me some pistachio. Mmmm. Geeze, when I was preggers I would go get it daily :) Oh to be pregnant and eat to me heat’s content.

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Cristina E October 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I don’t understand the need to refrigerate this recipe since all ingredients can typically be stored in the pantry. The commercial product actually states NOT to refrigerate. By refrigerating it, then microwaving seems necessary. This doesn’t work for me as we have no microwave (because I abhor them). I am really curious if the refrigeration suggestion is based in being overly cautious or actual evidence.

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Susan October 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Hi Christina! I appreciate your comment and concern. To be honest, I refrigerated the magic shell more based on convenience. I use glass mason jars and it is just neat and easy to store in the fridge… I tend to get some fruit fly visitors over the summer, so often keep things in the fridge that might be appealing to them ;)

You don’t have to refrigerate it (the homemade magic shell should keep for up to 3 weeks in the pantry). Thanks again!

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Cristina E October 16, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Thanks for your quick feedback to my concern! I’ll add that I am of the thinking that microwaving can be damaging to the micro nutrients & immune benefits present in coconut oil, so I appreciate non-microwaving info being available!

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