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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    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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