Vegan Magic Shell (Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten Free)

Vegan Magic Shell (V, GF, DF): a refined-sugar free, 3-ingredient recipe for the perfect homemade magic shell. Vegan, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free.

Do you remember when you were a little kid and so many things in the world seemed almost magical?

Some things were scary (monsters under the bed, garbage disposals, all vegetables), some were wayyy cool (bouncy houses, giant bubble makers, hoverboards), and some were just straight-up weird/inexplicable (egg slicers, rules, Barney, gravity).

Vegan Magic Shell (V, GF, DF): a refined-sugar free, 3-ingredient recipe for the perfect homemade magic shell. #Vegan #Paleo #DairyFree #GlutenFree |

But one of the coolest things, by far, was magic shell. I don’t know if you’ve heard of magic shell ‘round your parts, but it’s this fascinating marvel of science and food that made frozen desserts *that* much better. It came in these wide, flat plastic bottles, colored to look just like shiny, melted chocolate. In fact, it’s still available in grocery stores today! Suddenly, this sounds like some kind of commercial.

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Well, if you were really lucky, you could get your mom or dad to splurge on one of these said bottles. That is, after you already convinced them to buy one of those large paint-bucket-sized ice cream vats. You’d rush home, pretend to help put away the groceries, all the while keeping a hawk eye on two very important things: the ice cream and the magic shell.

Vegan Magic Shell (V, GF, DF): a refined-sugar free, 3-ingredient recipe for the perfect homemade magic shell. #Vegan #Paleo #DairyFree #GlutenFree |

Once everything was put away (not with help from you, of course), you’d bring out the bowls and get ready for something magical to happen. One, two, three scoops of ice cream into each bowl. And then, the good part.

One shake, two shakes, three to be safe. The bottle of magic shell had to be well-incorporated, naturally. 😉 You’d flip the cap, tip the bottle and a most mystical and fantastical river of melted chocolate started pouring out.

The scent of chocolate filled the air, and everyone gathered around in awe. Even the adults.

As the magic shell made its glossy way over every ice cream scoop mountain, something quite miraculous happened: it started to harden.

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The chocolate gloss turned frosty. The soft meltiness turned into hardened deliciousness. Your cold ice cream mountains had frozen the magic shell river.

The best part? Still yet to come. You’d grab a sturdy spoon and start digging in. The crack of that shell was just everything and more. Even better than a Kinder surprise egg with an extra surprise on the inside. 😉

Do you remember that? I do. And I still dream about the yummy moments that made being a kid so much fun. That, and yelling “tag, you’re it, Boogerhead!!!” til my lungs burned. And now that my lungs are a bit more mature and less inclined towards burn-y actions, I can still have magic shell. In fact, you and I can have vegan magic shell.

With just three simple ingredients, you’re on your way to nearly color-changing levels of magic. Okay, this vegan magic shell doesn’t change colors. But still! Add coconut oil, maple syrup and cocoa powder to a bowl. Whisk until you’ve made your very own melty-chocolate awesomeness. Grab your ice cream vat, or your nice cream, or a frozen peanut butter coconut bite, and get ready for some vegan magic shell action. Who says we can’t be kids again?

Vegan Magic Shell (V, GF, DF): a refined-sugar free, 3-ingredient recipe for the perfect homemade magic shell. #Vegan #Paleo #DairyFree #GlutenFree |

Check it out, this Vegan Magic Shell is:

  • made with just 3 ingredients
  • refined sugar free
  • super easy to make
  • vegan, gluten free, dairy free, paleo
  • perfect for pouring on everything (okay, not hot stuff, unless you want to.) 😉
  • plant-based and allergy-friendly
  • perfectly sweet, rich and chocolatey
  • kinda magical, don’t you think?

Hey, maybe Barney isn’t as weird anymore (scratch that), and monsters aren’t as scary, but we can still dream about hoverboards, bouncy houses and maybe even making the biggest bubble while running across the beach. With the sun setting. 🙂 And while enjoying some vegan magic shell on nice cream.

Perfect day, right? Tell me about your perfect day below, and maybe, just maybe, one of your childhood favorites that you’ll enjoy today. In the meantime, I’ll be here, thinking of all the things, excuse me, foods to put this magic shell on. You with me? 😉

Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter. ❤️

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Vegan Magic Shell (Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free)


Vegan Magic Shell (V, GF, DF): a refined-sugar free, 3-ingredient recipe for the perfect homemade magic shell. Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free.


  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup


  1. Add coconut oil, cocoa powder and maple syrup to a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk until smooth and thickened, like melted chocolate. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Use immediately. Pour over frozen treats–magic shell will harden when chilled. See storing notes below.


– Best if used immediately. Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. To use after storing: reheat in the microwave in 15-20 second increments until slightly warm and softened. Whisk until smooth.
– Pour this tasty magic shell over these recipes: Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Nice Cream, 4 Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet, Gluten Free Vegan Brownies.
– Adapted from these recipes with magic shell: Vegan Ice Cream Bars, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Popsicles, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ice Cream Bars.

  • Category: Dessert, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

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  1. I still LOVE magic shell! Best part about simple vanilla ice creams to me..We add honey to ours!! But yes, drench anything icecream and just enjoy the frozen chocolate.. Magical indeed.Pinning

    1. There is no age limit on magic shell!!! Not with the two of us around, at least. 😉 Frozen chocolate is the BEST. Thank you for stopping by and for pinning, Swayam. Big hugs! xo

  2. Yes! I remember those magical days! My parents tried to trick me by making homemade with coffee grounds – yuck!! But today I may actually like that version 😉 Can’t wait to drench my IC with this magic shell!

    1. Woah!! They made what with what?? Lol. As I’m starting to learn, your parents really liked tricking you with stuff Megan! So funny that you grew to like the idea eventually. Drench away, my friend! 🙂

  3. I would beg my parents all the time for magic shell but it mostly remained an extra cool treat I got to sneak in at a friend’s house. I always have these ingredients in my pantry so now I get to have it whenever I want! That really is magic.

    1. Parents always wielded the control of magic shell… Lol. So happy that you have all of these ingredients, Megan. Enjoy! 🙂

  4. Yay, I love magic shells! Thanks for the reminder! All ice cream on this page looks amazing! Can’t wait to try them all!

  5. Simple yet so delicious. I just want to make some ice cream so that I can use these beauties. I love your pics!

  6. I remember when magic shell was a brand new product and we were so amazed by this chocolate sauce that harden after pouring it over ice cream. There was so much magic in that little bottle, as well as a bunch of junk ingredients 😉 We didn’t care because we were kids and lived our lives dangerously and always on the edge. lol! I’m very happy that I can still have my amazing magic shell minus all that junk. Thanks friend for keeping me healthy while satisfying my chocolate cravings at the same time 🙂

    1. It was the coolest! Simply the coolest. 🙂 True, true, as kids we would just about eat anything! Lol. Thanks for sharing your childhood memories of this magical delight. 🙂 Hopefully you get a chance to try this and experience that magic all over again. Big hugs to ya, Karebear. xo

    1. Yeah! Time to make MBA’s perfect ice cream? 😉 Once you pour it, you’ll instantly smile. 🙂 Thanks Marsha!