Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell


Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell |

Happy Day 3 of #icecreamweek ! Ice cream is wonderful on its own, but you can’t have ice cream without toppings. Whipped cream, sprinkles, hot fudge sauce, caramel syrup, cherries, and the one thing everyone loves to break – magic shell. Magic shell is pretty much a thick dessert sauce (typically chocolate but I’ve seen caramel and strawberry) that hardens after a few minutes, forming a shell over the ice cream. Attack it with your spoon and consume as normal. It’s magic! It’s a shell! It’s magic shell! And with just two ingredients and a microwave, you can easily make this Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell at home. You’ll never buy it from the store again.

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell |

This is going to get complicated, so pull your chair closer and listen carefully – put chocolate chips and peanut butter into a bowl, microwave until it melts, and – are you ready for this? – pour it over your ice cream and wait a few minutes for it to harden. Tada! Magic shell at your fingertips! I’m willing to bet 99% of you can run to your pantry right now and make this (the 1% being you weird peanut butter-hating people. I’m looking at you, people of Ireland).

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell |

What makes this shell so magical? Think about chocolate chip cookies. When the chocolate chips get warm, they are melty and spreadable. When they cool, they harden again. So when you spread melted chocolate chips over cold ice cream, the chocolate chips harden. The peanut butter is just a bonus that blends in. And what can make Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell even more magical? Putting it on top of Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream that I made on Sunday. Double the chocolate peanut butter, double the fun. Actually, I’m going to triple your fun and sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups on top before the shell cools.

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell |

I think I just heard a bunch of spoons clanking into computer screens. Spoons do clank, right?

I know you’re having trouble containing your excitement, but there are two more #icecreamweek recipes for this fine Tuesday. Be sure to loosen your belts and check out Jen and Jennie‘s recipes for today.

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Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon peanut butter cups, chopped up


  1. Place the peanut butter and chocolate chips in a small microwavable bowl. Microwave until just melted, checking every 30 seconds. Stir until smooth then immediately pour over ice cream. The thicker your layer, the harder it'll be to break with your spoon. Sprinkle on the chopped-up peanut butter cups. Wait a few minutes for the shell to harden then serve immediately.


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Source: Adapted from Rachael Ray magazine

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  1. Oh boy this looks like wonderful chocolate peanut butter-y goodnesss!

  2. My mouth is watering and I am trying not to drool. And yes, I did want to put my spoon in the screen and grab a bit.

  3. Drooling! Spoons do clank, my friend. I just hate that barrier that holds be back from the sweet, sweet prize. Oh, if only my spoon could access that delicious chocolately peanut butter shell, it would make this day a lot brighter.

  4. Chocolate, peanut butter, and ice cream. Three of my favorite things ever. I’m now pretending that ice cream is banana flavored to transport myself to a plane of foodie nirvana.

  5. Happy Day #3 of #IceCreamWeek, my magic shell twin!

    This looks amazing!!!

  6. Wow ! who knew ? making a shell can be simple ? This is lovely and sounds super easy ! will be making it ! Pinning it ! Lovely pics too. Love the blue background against the chocolate.

  7. You made me laugh – I was totally expecting some kind of waxy chocolate from one of those crafting stores, then some kind of complex tempering method, followed by some kind of stabilizer so it could be stored in the fridge. This is MUCH better and awesomely simple! Thanks for sharing and love it…

  8. Oh, yummy :)

  9. I did not think it was possible for you to make your PB ice cream better. I was wrong.

  10. Who knew magic shell was so easy to make! I’m so glad you and Jen both shared a recipe for it today. I will never buy again.

    • I didn’t think it was that easy either until I saw this recipe. I knew everyone would appreciate that, so I wanted to share. Thanks Lane!

  11. Oh my! This looks incredible. I can almost taste it; it made my mouth water. Will definitely be making this! :) And your photos are awesome!

  12. Magic shell is my favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt topping ever! I seriously love it 100 times more than fudge. Making a peanut butter version sounds perfect for a twist!

  13. Literally tears of joy streaming down my face right now.

  14. Kind of silly to have a week of ice cream within the month of ice cream, right?

    • No, not really. Please explain? Instead of 31 days of recipes, we focused on 7 days. Ice cream week during ice cream month. What’s so silly about that?

  15. This looks so good, I am going to add it to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this Monday. Come on over to see it at Cheers, Tara

  16. The Mouth Watering Mondays post is up!!

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