Peanut Butter Magic Shell


One of my favorite treats in the Summer when I was growing up was a Dairy Queen ice cream cone, specifically one dipped into cherry sauce that hardened up as soon as it hit the ice cream into a shell coating.

I have no idea how to make that.

But what I do know how to make is peanut butter magic shell, and that’s almost as good, especially with chocolate ice cream(or chocolate banana soft serve in this case).


Really, if you look up the ingredients in that cherry magic shell it’s about 20 things you can’t find in supermarkets and shouldn’t be putting into your body. This recipe has only 3 ingredients, all natural and easy to shop for. Let’s see Dairy Queen beat that.

Peanut Butter Magic Shell

Ingredients(For one bowl):

  • 1 Tablespoon 100% peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid sweetener(maple syrup, agave, corn syrup, etc.)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil(preferably refined), melted or softened



  1. Mix together the peanut butter, sweetener, and oil into a thick, even sauce
  2. Pour the peanut butter sauce over plated ice cream. Wait a few moments for the sauce to harden before digging in.

This works best with ice cream straight from the freezer; if using softened ice cream or banana “soft serve”, the shell might not form immediately. Simply pour the sauce over the ice cream and refrigerate or freeze it for a few minutes until the shell has hardened


Now if you’ll excuse me, I have more eating to do.

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37 Responses to Peanut Butter Magic Shell
  1. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots
    August 1, 2011 | 9:04 am

    It’s like you know me so well! You’re going to make me fat. 😉 I love love love chocolate shell…and of course love peanut butter. This is a must. Mmmm!!!

  2. KaraHadley
    August 1, 2011 | 9:10 am

    That’s incredible! I never ate much magic shell as a kid, but I might have to develop an taste for it now. Also, I had no idea Dairy Queen had cherry shell, I only ate the chocolate.

  3. Amyella
    August 1, 2011 | 9:12 am

    Can’t wait to try this! I bet it would be awesome on raw chocolate truffles (medjool dates, walnuts, cocoa powder) too!

  4. Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen
    August 1, 2011 | 9:21 am

    This looks so great–I love how it’s only 3 ingredients! 🙂

  5. Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa
    August 1, 2011 | 9:37 am

    Is 8:30AM too early for ice cream…..??

  6. jen
    August 1, 2011 | 9:54 am

    does chocolate banana soft serve taste like banana? where is your recipe for it posted? thanks!

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 1, 2011 | 10:11 am

      I don’t have it posted anywhere because it’s not really my recipe, but it’s 2 frozen bananas cut into quarters and blended in a food processor until smooth with 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. It does have a faint taste of banana but it’s not overwhelming. I should have a recipe up next week for a similar fruit-based ice cream without any banana taste.

      • jen
        August 2, 2011 | 1:19 pm

        awesome thanks!

  7. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    August 1, 2011 | 10:14 am

    The magic shell is my go-to ice cream treat, I choose to remain naive as to what’s in it 😉
    This one looks delicious and obviously, way better for you!

  8. VeggieGirl
    August 1, 2011 | 10:17 am

    I’m in love.

  9. A Tablespoon of Liz
    August 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    This is such a great idea… I’ve tried homemade chocolate magic shell, but never peanut butter. This would go great on chocolate ice cream!!

  10. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 1, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    I used to love those chocolate shells. Mine was from a bottle, though. The one they sold at grocery stores. Peanut butter sounds even better, though!

  11. Sarah@The Flying ONION
    August 1, 2011 | 12:05 pm

    This SO has my name written all over it. Peanut butter and chocolate is my go-to ice cream of choice (for right now, anyways…it seems to change on a daily basis!) And I have all the ingredients on hand. Obviously, I need to make some.

  12. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 1, 2011 | 2:39 pm

    Looks like a great way to combine my 3 fave food groups:
    coconut oil

    Now if we can add some cocoa powder we’ll be all set 🙂

  13. Russell van Kraayenburg
    August 1, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    Whoa! I had no idea you could make this stuff. I always thought they were laden with chemicals or something to do their magic hardening. Who knew it was so simple!

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 1, 2011 | 8:07 pm

      Coconut oil is a miracle product.

  14. Hannah
    August 1, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    I think I love you.

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 1, 2011 | 8:07 pm

      That’s the best compliment anyone can ask for.

  15. BroccoliHut
    August 1, 2011 | 9:49 pm

    I discovered the Magic-Shell-ness of coconut oil/butter a few months ago when I drizzled it on top of a smoothie. Love the idea of adding PB to the mix!

  16. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo
    August 1, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    Every time I went to DQ when I was younger, I always wanted to get something different than the cookie dough blizzard, I really did. But I’d always think, “What if something happened tomorrow and I could never eat another cookie dough blizzard again?” Then I’d order a cookie dough blizzard. Hey, life’s too short.

    However, I DID always want to ask them to double dip it. Cherry, then chocolate? Peanut butter, then chocolate? Wild, right?

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 2, 2011 | 9:41 am

      I had no clue that they would double dip it for you. That would have been mind blowing.

  17. Katie @ Katie tries to Cook
    August 1, 2011 | 11:28 pm

    This looks amazing. Chocolate, peanut butter, banana. Three of the best foods imaginable. I’ve been meaning to make banana “ice cream” for a while. (I’ve had bananas in my freezer for weeks.) I might be motivated to get out of bed and do it now… Or tomorrow night.

  18. Ela
    August 2, 2011 | 1:20 am

    I’m betting you could make a cherry-flavored magic shell. I think that if you made it mostly out of coconut oil and liquid sweetener, and then added some concentrated cherry juice, it would work just fine. Or, if even the concentrated cherry juice made it too liquidy, I bet “medicine flower” has a cherry extract that you could use just a drop or two of. Maybe coconut butter as well as/instead of coconut oil.
    Do you think that’d work?

    • Wannabe Chef
      August 2, 2011 | 9:52 am

      I worry anything with cherry juice would be too watery. Cherry extract might work.

  19. Adora's Box
    August 2, 2011 | 9:51 am

    I read every post with the tag peanut butter. How cool is this!

  20. Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner
    August 2, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Evan, you are amazing.

  21. Devon
    August 2, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    I’d pretty much shiv a bitch for this right now.

  22. kita
    August 2, 2011 | 7:45 pm

    My parents live right across from a Dairy Queen and I never knew there was a cherry sauce?? What is wrong with this picture…

    Peanut butter magic shell though, yeah, that may be the money right there.

  23. jenny eats nutella from a spoon
    August 4, 2011 | 3:37 am

    genius idea!

  24. Julia
    August 4, 2011 | 6:37 pm

    Seriously, only 3 ingredients. I’m gonna start adding this stuff to everything: cold pizza, cold pasta, and ice cream obviously.

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  26. holly
    August 8, 2011 | 11:06 am

    GENIUS. you know i will be making this!!

  27. Alice @
    August 8, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    I could kiss you! so simple but this is genius… i cant tell this is going to be this summer addiction… i better hide the ben and jerrys now…

  28. Hilary
    August 9, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    OOOOh! LOVE this. Great idea (and looks quite tasty too)!

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  30. mstv
    September 10, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    Looks great. For the wannabechef, you could check out this chocolate version of magic shell from the NY Times (adapted from Thomas Keller). Also uses coconut oil!

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