Nutella Magic Shell

Nutella Magic Shell ~ this rich chocolate hazelnut sauce hardens on contact with anything cold, and turns plain ice cream into a magical dessert for kids of all ages.

An ice cream scoop with ice cream and Nutella magic shell topping

It was right about this time last year that I originally wrote about MAGIC SHELL

I made a dark chocolate version and a white chocolate one. It really is like magic—two simple ingredients combine after just seconds in a microwave, to become  a liquid sauce that hardens into a candy-like shell on contact with something cold, aka ice cream. The white chocolate version was particularly beautiful draped over dark chocolate ice cream. If you want the basic Magic Shell recipe, go to my HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE MAGIC SHELL. I think everyone should know how to do it, even if you only make it once or twice. (Which isn’t likely, btw)

Horizontal photo of an ice cream scoop with vanilla ice cream topped with Nutella Magic Shell and sprinkles

This latest homemade magic shell recipe substitutes Nutella for the chocolate as the base for the sauce.

Genius, if I do say so myself, and it’s THE WORLD’S easiest project, and one of the most fun. The secret to the magic is in the coconut oil, which solidifies at 74 degrees. It hardens on contact with the cold ice cream, so whatever it’s mixed with hardens too.

A mason jar filled with Nutella Magic Shell ice cream topping

Why make your own magic shell when you can easily pick it up a bottle at the supermarket?

You can bypass all the additives, and customize it for your (or your family’s) taste. Once you’ve melted up a batch of your homemade magic shell, it has a long shelf life, too. It stays liquid at room temperature, so you can pour a little on your ice cream any time the mood strikes.

An ice cream scoop filled with ice cream and Nutella Magic Shell topping on a board

Tip: the type of coconut oil you use will affect how much coconut flavor comes through in your chocolate sauce.

I used virgin oil, which is unrefined, and it has a very strong coconut flavor. If you want the Nutella flavor to dominate, use a refined coconut oil. Both will work, and both are delicious, it just depends on your preference.

Side view of an ice cream scoop with vanilla ice cream, Nutella magic shell topping, and sprinkles

More frozen and fabulous treats ~

3.58 from 28 votes

Nutella Magic Shell

Nutella Magic Shell ~ this rich chocolate hazelnut sauce hardens on contact with anything cold, and turns plain ice cream into a magical dessert for kids of all ages.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 13 oz jar of Nutella
  • 3 heaping Tbsp coconut oil coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, so measure when solid


  • Put the Nutella and the coconut oil in a microwavable glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. If the coconut oil is not completely melted, micro for another few seconds. Stir the mixture until it is completely smooth.
  • Pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid and store at room temperature until ready to use.
  • Pour over ice cream and watch the magic happen!
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Don’t forget to pin this homemade Nutella Magic Shell


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    June 1, 2021 at 12:12 am

    5 stars
    OMG, in absolute heaven! This is soooo good! Thank you!

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    May 15, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Can this recipe make the nutella pipe able?

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      Sue Moran
      May 15, 2021 at 5:35 pm

      Hi Angie ~ I’m not sure what you mean, but this will be a thin-ish liquid at room temperature, and hardens to a crackly consistency when it hits the ice cream, so it’s not meant to be piped.

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    June 19, 2017 at 1:48 am

    This is genius! Also, in your Pinterest graphic, homemade is spelled “homeamde”… thought you may wanna know!

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    August 17, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Oh yes my girls will love the Nutella magic shell recipe thank you Sue

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    shannon weber
    May 14, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    i am a staunch proponent of making your own things at home versus picking them up at the store. Sure, things like magic shell are easy to grab, but why not make it perfect from scratch? Not to mention, yes, all the additives which go into processed food. I think it does seem daunting at first, but once you start doing things like this, or salad dressings, or whatever at home, it gets to be just as easy as a trip to the store. Plus it’s nice to say you made it yourself when you have guests over. 🙂

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    Debby Foodiewife
    May 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve got nutella. I’ve got coconut oil. I’ve got ice cream. So, there is no reason to not make this. Fabulous!

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    May 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I love this idea. Will try it with the grandkids! Thanks Sue

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    Chris Scheuer
    May 10, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Cool! Very, very cool! I have to laugh at you because I feel like I’m laughing at myself. All my life, I’ve tried to be planned and organized when it came to meals and preparing food. But I”m too much of a renegade and don’t enjoy cooking with a ton of structure which would not make me a good candidate for opening a restaurant. I get some fun, sometimes crazy idea and I run with it and I love it! You are already giving me fun ideas with this magic stuff …….

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