Magic Chocolate Ice Cream Ball

The magic shell ice cream butter ball is really not magic at all.

We used to make this all the time in the restaurant I worked in.

It is a fun, fast and not so healthy recipe but if you make it from scratch it is possibly a little bit healthier and definitely cheaper than if you buy it in the (now famous) bottle called Magic Shell.

magic ball ice cream

Make Your Own Magic Shell Ice Cream Ball

This is such an easy recipe I had not planned on posting it, but after teaching it at a recent cooking class and posting it on Facebook, the comments showed an overwhelming in the need for the recipe.

When we made this in the restaurant we made huge batches of the chocolate then put it into little glass pitchers to microwave to order on a per person basis.

The basic recipe is 1 part butter to 4 parts semisweet chocolate, melted then poured over strawberry ice cream then sprinkled with nuts.

The key to really YUMMY magic butter balls is eating them immediately. The warm chocolate melts the ice cream just a bit and the cold ice cream makes the chocolate magically turn hard. The combination of the two create this sensational treat!

Recipe For Magic Shell Ice Cream

You can make small portions using the above 1:4 (butter : chocolate) ratio or to make a batch that serves about 10 use this magic shell recipe:

1 stick unsalted butter
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 gallon strawberry ice cream
1/2 cup chopped nuts of choice

  1. Pre-scoop the ice cream into balls and place in freezer until you are ready
  2. In a double boiler heat butter and chocolate until melted. Stirring without overheating. (You can do this in the microwave but beware not to overheat!)
  3. Spoon, ladle or pour melted butter/chocolate mixture over the cold ice cream.
  4. Immediately sprinkle with nuts and serve.

Chocolate Butter Balls

You can make your magic shell butter ice cream balls and freeze them if you want but they taste better when freshly made!

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