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Dutch Cocoa Pops with Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

These dutch cocoa popsicles with vanilla bean magic shell are a gourmet twist on the original, the inside is an impossibly dark creamy fudge, dipped in a layer of vanilla bean flecked white chocolate that crackles when you bite into it.

3popspopsicle week textI’m kicking off the unofficial start of summer with a whole week of new popsicle recipes, tips, and useful links! Homemade popsicles are so incredibly versatile I need an entire week to explore all the reasons why you NEED these in your life this summer. I’m dedicating each day this week to a different kind of popsicle, and today it’s these amazing dutch cocoa popsicles with vanilla bean magic shell, probably my favorite of all.  These luscious bars fall on decadent end of the popsicle spectrum, the best end, if you ask me.

Photograph of dutch cocoa popsicle with vanilla bean magic shell.

My love of this kind of popsicle goes back to the ice cream truck that parked outside my elementary school… if I was lucky enough to have change in my pocket at the end of the day, I got one for the walk home.  But even the glorified memory of ice cream truck treats can’t live up to THIS bar.

Photograph of dutch cocoa popsicle with vanilla bean magic shell lying on a piece of parchment paper.

The fudge bar itself is so good it can stand alone, if you want to skip the coating.  It’s got a deep rich chocolate flavor, almost bittersweet, and it’s super creamy.  Kind of a  fudgesicle on steroids.  Chocolate steroids.

Photograph of vanilla bean magic shell sauce in a glass jar for dutch cocoa popsicles with vanilla bean magic shell.

But if you want to add a chocolaty coating to a popsicle,  this homemade magic shell is the way to go.  It’s a simple mixture of chocolate and coconut oil, and when it comes in contact with something cold, it hardens instantly.  It makes coating popsicles quick and easy.

Photograph of dutch cocoa popsicle with vanilla bean magic shell lying on a baking sheet.

I chose to make the mirror opposite of the classic ice cream bar, just for fun.  This Dutch Cocoa recipe is extra deep and dark so the vanilla bean coating contrasts beautifully with it.

Photograph of dutch cocoa popsicle with vanilla bean magic shell lying on a baking sheet with a bite taken out of it.

Coat the whole pop, or just the top half.  If you want a thicker coating, double dip.   I have a couple of other recipes for REGULAR and NUTELLA versions of Magic Shell, too, if you’re not a white chocolate fan.

Photograph of dutch cocoa popsicle being dipped into a jar of vanilla bean magic shell.

  TIPS ~

  • The easiest and best way to coat a popsicle is with a combination of pure chocolate and coconut oil.  The coconut oil insures that the chocolate will harden on contact with the cold popsicle.  You can use any kind of chocolate you like — dark, milk, or white.
  •  There are two kinds of coconut oil: virgin, and refined.  If you want a distinct coconut flavor in your coating, go with the virgin oil.  If you want to downplay the coconut flavor, use the refined.
  • I like to put a baking sheet or plate in the freezer for a short while so I have something cold to set the pops on while I coat them. Be sure to put them right back in the freezer after coating (if you’re not eating right away) because while the outside will appear hard, the inside will start to melt if left at room temperature.
Dutch Cocoa Pops with Vanilla Bean Magic Shell
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Dutch Cocoa Popsicles with Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

These dutch cocoa popsicles with vanilla bean magic shell are a gourmet twist on the original ice cream bar!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
freezing 4 hours
Yield 10 popsicles


for the Dutch Chocolate Popsicle

  • 3 squares, 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, cut in small pieces
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

for the Vanilla Bean Magic Shell

  • 11 oz bag of white chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil not virgin
  • 1 vanilla bean


  • To make the popsicles: melt the chopped chocolate in a microwave safe dish for 30 seconds, then stir. If it's not completely melted, zap it again in 15 second bursts. Stir until smooth.
  • Heat the milk, cornstarch, sugar and cocoa powder in a saucepan. Whisk to combine everything as you heat. When the milk starts to warm, add all the melted chocolate. Keep whisking or stirring until the mixture thickens and just comes up to a bubble. It will take somewhere around 12 minutes. Once it boils, take it off the heat and add the vanilla extract. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Fill your popsicle molds with the fudge mixture and put it in the freezer. Let freeze for 90 minutes, and then insert the sticks into the molds. Continue to freeze until solid, 4-5 more hours.
  • To make the Vanilla Bean Magic Shell, melt the white chips and the coconut oil, which will be in a solid form, in a microwave safe bowl. Start with 30 seconds and continue in short 15 second bursts, stirring in between, until it is JUST melted. Stir to completely melt any lumps. Be careful not to overheat white chocolate, it can be finicky. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the melted chocolate. Stir to disperse them.
  • Pour the magic shell into a container such as a wide mouthed mason jar. Store at room temperature until you need it. If it hardens, just give it a few seconds in the microwave and stir.
  • To remove the popsicles from the mold, fill your sink with hot water. Immerse the mold up to, but not over, the top edge for 15 seconds. If the pops don't slide out easily, immerse for a few more seconds.
  • Either dip the popsicles into the magic shell immediately, or put the pops in plastic baggies back in the freezer. To coat the pops, just dip right into the white chocolate. The coating will harden in seconds. You can set the pops down on waxed paper,. Once the coating is hard you can eat, or put the pops in baggies for the freezer.


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  • Reply
    Phyllis Koepsell
    August 26, 2020 at 11:01 am

    5 stars
    So easy and so yummy! Question: do you have the nutrition information for this recipe or any other of your recipes?

    • Reply
      August 26, 2020 at 11:02 am

      I don’t generally add nutrition info on dessert recipes Phyllis, but you can plug the info into any number of online nutrition calculators if you need it.

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    Beverly Deck
    May 24, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    3 stars
    The dark chocolate tastes really good, but the texture is not super creamy. I struggled with the coating. I couldn’t bring myself to pay $10 for a vanilla bean to coat one batch of 10 popsicles , so I tried to substitute vanilla bean paste. NOPE! The melted white chocolate seized up immediately, so I had to throw that batch out. I had no more white chocolate chips in my house, so I used some of that “vanilla flavored deluxe candy coating” that you find around Christmas time to dip cookies, pretzels, etc. It just doesn’t taste as good as white chocolate chips to begin with, and after mixing it with refined coconut oil it tastes more like grease than white chocolate. It took me and a helper to get the popsicles unmolded, dipped and back in the freezer before they started melting….the timing is tricky. I hope my granddaughters like them, but I have a feeling they will be happier with a bowl of ice cream.

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    August 14, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    5 stars
    I just made these and they are SO GOOD! Sinfully good! YUMMM!!! My shell mixture isn’t super smooth though so there were some small lumps on the shell. I only covered two for now and refrigerated the shell mixture to dip the other ones later. Maybe I will melt it down a little more in the microwave and whisk it to get it really smooth when I coat the other ones.

    PS: Any tips for storing popsicles? I made 6 but am not going to have guests to share with for about a week. Can they be covered with some type of paper or maybe just put in a plastic bag to prevent freezer burn? (I made popsicles before and they got too hard/frozen when they weren’t all eaten quickly enough).

    • Reply
      May 2, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      I usually store my popsicles wrapped in waxed paper and then in a zip lock freezer bag Annie.

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    Luxury Flat Lady
    February 24, 2015 at 2:30 am

    This post is making me so hungry!

  • Reply
    Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    June 5, 2014 at 11:57 am

    These look exquisite! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Reply
    Mondo | I bake he shoots
    June 5, 2014 at 11:55 am

    wait! there’s a vanilla bean magic shell? good lord! I need to get on this.

  • Reply
    May 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    The perfect summer cooler!

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 31, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I could eat these all summer long, I love that vanilla bean magic shell!

  • Reply
    May 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    The shell looks beautiful! This would definitely be a nice way to cool down while getting the chocolate fix in. Yummy!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    May 30, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Now these…
    I have no words to describe them. My mouth is watering to much.

  • Reply
    May 30, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Mouthwatering…I loved FudgePopsicles as a kid…

  • Reply
    Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    May 29, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! Thank you for including my popsicles. 😀

  • Reply
    Amy @ Elephant Eats
    May 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    These pops are gorgeous, among other things. Would love to have one right now!!

  • Reply
    Kimberly C
    May 29, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Those look really good, can’t wait to try this recipe!!

  • Reply
    Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits
    May 29, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I love all the things you’ve been doing with popsicles. It makes me want to go out and buy some molds.

  • Reply
    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    May 29, 2014 at 9:21 am

    These really might be my favorites! You know how much I love chocolate – thanks!

  • Reply
    Louise @ INGREDIENTS
    May 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

    OMG, this looks so incredibly delicious. My kids would go crazy over these. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Reply
    Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian
    May 28, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Love these Sue! Your ice pops are gorgeous. I want to eat them all. I guess I better get those ice pop molds to work.

  • Reply
    theresa hays
    May 28, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    If I wasn’t sold on the idea of making popsicles before, this recipe clinched the deal. Bravo!

  • Reply
    Jan Janzen
    May 28, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Wow, you really got me with this one! I must try them!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness
    May 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Wow! These looks so delicious. Perfect for the summer.

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Can’t wait to try this will be making soon

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Yum! these look awesome!! Cant wait for warmer weather to make some 🙂

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Oh this looks like heaven! That’s it, I’ve been debating about whether or not to buy a Popsicle mold, but this clinches it. Amazon, here I come!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Where do you come up with these ideas??? This one looks deliciously sinful. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s treat will be!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Great recipe again today. You keep me amazed at your creativity, Sue. The vanilla bean flecks in the magic shell is such a visual treat too.

    • Reply
      May 28, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Kate — I agree about the vanilla flecks — they need to come up with a photoshop wand for vanilla bean ‘seeding’ a photo, it would be popular!

  • Reply
    Oana @Through Oana's Lens
    May 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Perfect recipe for summer! I have to buy some molds 🙂

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Did someone say chocolate? These sound so good and I love the magic shell coating.

  • Reply
    Cresta Woodruff
    May 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    These look amazing! I’m excited to try them.

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look fantastic! That vanilla bean shell looks so luxurious.

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Oh my. I thought the previous fruity ones have looked wonderful. But, this chocolate one looks like a must try recipe. Your description of “fudgesicle on steroids” did it. Fudgesicles were my favorite as a kid.

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    Shari Kelley
    May 28, 2014 at 11:43 am

    These look heavenly! I am so excited about following your board on Pinterest as I love to make Popsicles. Can’t wait to try these and some of your other ones, too!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 11:34 am

    wow so clever to make magic she’ll for popsicles

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 11:30 am

    These look amazing! Will try soon. Popsicle heaven!

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    Emily J
    May 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

    these look so very yummy!! I wish I had 1 (or 2) right now!!
    Can’t wait to try making them!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

    You are the queen of popsicles Sue! these look and sound amazing, I’m going to have to pick up the molds or order them online to make my own.

    • Reply
      May 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Thanks Cheri! The good molds can be a little hard to come by as the season goes on, so grab one quick!

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    Sandy Headtke
    May 28, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Kids will love this. They weren’t too happy that I didn’t share the poptails from yesterday.

    • Reply
      May 28, 2014 at 10:23 am

      You know those papaya pops would be just as great without the wine…

  • Reply
    Linda romer
    May 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

    These popsicles look delicious. I definetly have to purchase popsicle molds, my family would love these.

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    maria white
    May 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Another one of your recipes on my list!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 9:50 am

    That looks absolutely luscious.

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Do you think these could be made with coconut milk in place of the dairy milk? I cannot have dairy anymore and I LOVE fudgesicles.

    • Reply
      May 28, 2014 at 9:55 am

      They definitely could, CJ. You would probably want to use the Virgin coconut oil for the Magic Shell, then too, to emphasize the coconut flavor.

  • Reply
    May 28, 2014 at 8:53 am

    I Love this recipe! It looks simply delicious! I cannot wait to give these a try. 🙂 Keep them coming Love your recipes!