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A few weeks ago I made this awesome bucket list of things I wanted to do with the girls this summer. You know, fun activities, arts, crafts….all those things you see on pinterest that you think other moms who are totally ‘with it’ are doing? I was determined to be one of those moms this summer. The list was fairly optimistic…If we were going to accomplish them all before the end of summer we would need to cross 3.4 items off the list each week.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Excuse me, I think a little tear just ran down my cheek from laughing. 🙂 Can we all just agree that was never going to happen?? If we do 3.4 crafts in the entire summer I’ll consider myself a shoe-in for mom-of-the-year. (We keep our standards low around here.) Three weeks into summer would you like to know how many we have done? 1.5 -neither of which involved crafts. Shameful, I know.

It’s okay though. I have discovered a secret weapon that, despite the total lack of crafts my kids have experienced this summer, makes them think I am a complete and total genius. Two words: Magic Shell. Super-mom status reinstated and secured for life.

I’ve seen home-made versions multiple places on pinterest and always wondered whether it really worked. I was sure there was no way it really would but I like that it doesn’t have any weird chemicals in it. Seeing as how it only called for two ingredients (both of which I had on hand) I decided to give it a whirl. This stuff is like….well…..magic. Seriously!! It works perfectly and tastes just like the real thing. It couldn’t be easier to make:

Home-made Magic Shell

This recipe is from Where Flours Bloom who got it from someone else (who also made no claims of authorship over it), so I have no idea of it’s actual origins. But whoever invented it has my vote for best recipe replication!


  • 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (measured solid) – I used extra virgin


Place both ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the chips and oil are melted and completely combined.

Drizzle over ice cream and in about 30 seconds it will be hardened and ready to eat.

This past Tuesday Trin and I skipped the fancy drinks for Fancy Pants Tuesday and ate ice cream and magic shell out of our fancy tea cups instead:Photo 2013-06-13 06.49.07 AM The best part? As we sat down she says to me “So mom, can we talk while we sit out here together?”  Melts my heart every time. “I always love talking with you baby girl!”Photo 2013-06-13 06.49.23 AM Photo 2013-06-13 06.49.42 AMIf you feel the irrational urge to reach for the craft supplies, grab some chocolate chips and coconut oil instead. Your kids will not be disappointed.