Nutella Magic Shell

I have no idea what got into me today.  When it comes to this blog I’m not much of a planner or a list maker.  I like to keep the flow of inspiration free and unfettered, and my next  recipe is often a mystery, even to me, up until the last minute.  I’m not sure why I decided to make this today.  My daughters aren’t home, my husband is away for the night, it’s just me, and my dog.  And this Nutella Magic Shell.

Maybe there’s something in the air.  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)

This version substitutes Nutella for the chocolate as the base for the sauce.  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.

Why make your own 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.

One note: the type of coconut oil you use will affect how much coconut flavor comes through in your 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 oilBoth will work, and both are delicious, it just depends on your preference.

I’ve got a couple more tricks up my sleeve before I give up magic for the season…stay tuned!.

Nutella Magic Shell

Nutella Magic Shell


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


  1. 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.
  2. Pour into a jar with a tight fitting lid and store at room temperature until ready to use.
  3. Pour over ice cream and watch the magic happen!


Don’t forget to pin this homemade Nutella Magic Shell


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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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    The Cooking Actress
    May 11, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Best. idea. EVER

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    belleau kitchen
    May 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    this is just pure evil! ;0)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 11, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Oh I think my Friday needs this! Love it!

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    May 11, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I love magic shell!
    Had to share this in my friday roundup!
    have a great weekend!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    May 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Your pictures are SO gorgeous – this looks totally delicious – great magic stuff!
    Mary x

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    Christina Conte
    May 10, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    You are a genius, Sue!! That’s all I can say! Love this idea!!

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    Anna and Liz Recipes
    May 10, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Hi Sue! Just ran into your blog and its wonderful! You have amazing recipes and yummy desserts too! Love all of it! Hope to see you again! :) Anna, and Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    May 10, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I put PB Magic Shell in my cookbook. Your magic shell looks sooo good that I want to just put it on…everything!

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    La Table De Nana
    May 10, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Love this idea for my aplhabets..
    And Coconut oil is good for you:)

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      Sue/the view from great island
      May 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      It is good for you—and when you mix it with dark chocolate, which is also good for you, you’ve got a super health food!

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