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Orange Creamsicle Magic Shell

Is magic shell a fad food? To me, it takes me back to walking the ice cream shoppe on a hot Michigan summer day. Get the vanilla soft serve (or better yet, swirl!) and order it dipped in chocolate. You’d bite into that hardened chocolate to find melty, creamy ice cream below. Perfection.

I could go for that right about now.

I like to think of this homemade magic shell as the classier big sis of the chocolate fudge version (although I have nothing against that version!).

Orange Creamsicle Magic Shell | RachelCooks.com

Plus, I’m sort of infatuated with this flavor combination. I’ve done orange creamsicle buttercream and orange creamsicle sugar cookie bars, so this was the only natural next step. This Orange Creamsicle Magic Shell would be a great addition to your 4th of July ice cream sundae bar.


This magic shell is made with smooth white chocolate, orange zest and those flecks of vanilla bean that I love so much. It’s pretty to look at and it even tastes pretty.


What flavor combination would you like to see in a magic shell? I have so many ideas in my head — it’s a little scary.


Orange Creamsicle Magic Shell

Yield: just over 1 cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

This magic shell recipe isn't your traditional fudge variety. This has the vibrant flavors of orange zest and vanilla bean. Perfect over vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • zest of one orange
  • seeds scraped from one vanilla bean


  1. Melt white chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl for 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir well as chocolate will continue to melt as you stir. If needed, heat for 15 more seconds and stir well again. Do not overheat in the microwave. Add orange zest and vanilla beans and stir to combine. Let come to room temperature before serving over ice cream. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.

Verdict: LOVE this!

Husband’s take: A little weird for him — he’s pretty traditional and prefers chocolate magic shell. Unfortunately for him, he’s married to a food blogger.

Changes I would make: None are necessary but I can’t wait to play around with some new combinations.

Difficulty: So easy!



PS: I’m taking the rest of the week off from the blog (working at the hospital though…). Enjoy your week — Happy Independence Day! Have a fun and safe holiday and I’ll see you all back here next week.Β 

Want more Magic Shell?

Dark Chocolate Magic Shell from The Novice Chef
Peanut Butter Cup Magic Shell from Picky Palate
Cookies and Cream Magic Shell from Picky Palate
Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell from Chocolate Moosey


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51 Responses to “Orange Creamsicle Magic Shell”

  1. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — July 1, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Whoa- look at those flecks of flavor! Yum!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 8:41 am

      Thanks Katrina!

  2. Kristina — July 1, 2013 at 8:13 am

    “unfortunately for him, he’s married to a food blogger…” ha! laughed out loud at that one, Jason can definitely commiserate there. probably not really complaining, though.

    this looks fantastic, I cannot wait to try! I love anything creamsicle and it is so pretty too!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 8:40 am

      My husband likes it most of the time too but he’s be perfectly content eating the same thing every day too. πŸ˜‰

  3. Erin | The Law Student's Wife — July 1, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Such a cool idea Rachel! I’m obsessed with ice cream everything (yay summer!) and I love orange creamsicle. Did you make this for me? πŸ˜‰

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 8:39 am

      Yes, yes I did, Erin! πŸ˜‰

  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 1, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I’ve never tried magic shell of any variety but I do love your twist!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 8:39 am

      Thanks Rachel! Can’t believe you’ve never had magic shell — maybe you should create an apple version πŸ˜‰

  5. Tracey — July 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Oh my word, this is awesome! Plain magic shell is great, but white chocolate is my fave!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 8:42 am

      Thanks Tracey! I have so many more variations I want to try.

  6. Ali | Gimme Some Oven — July 1, 2013 at 8:50 am

    What a brilliant idea! I love all things orange creamsicle — will totally have to try this this summer! πŸ™‚

  7. Kathryn — July 1, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Such a good idea! I’ve only made the chocolate magic shell before – this version sounds so delicious!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 9:37 am

      Thanks Kathryn!

  8. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Magic shell is one of the most dangerous recipes I’ve discovered!!! I keep telling myself it’s healthy since it has coconut oil. πŸ˜‰ xo

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 9:39 am

      Definitely healthy. Definitely. This one has fruit! πŸ˜‰

  9. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Wow, orange creamsicle shell?! That’s awesome, Rachel! I am in awe of those gorgeous little flecks of vanilla bean — so heavenly!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 9:39 am

      Thanks Hayley!

  10. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I love this idea! I remember magic shell fondly from childhood. I think I need to make some!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

      Thanks Dorothy! Thanks for the tweet, too πŸ™‚

  11. carrian — July 1, 2013 at 10:00 am

    YEAHOOO!!! (Yes, I meant to say it that way. Sounds more fun) But seriously dying over this. It’s my favorite flavor!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 1:36 pm

      Thanks Carrian! xo

  12. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

    LOVE this! So pretty and the flavors are making me drool uncontrollably (admittedly, not as pretty :))

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

      haha! Thanks Stephanie!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      haha! Thanks Stephanie!!

  13. dixya| food, pleasure, and health — July 1, 2013 at 11:40 am

    i absolutely love magic shells, i am always intrigued by it.

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      It is intriguing! Like magic! Wait… πŸ˜‰

  14. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — July 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

    What a fun idea!! Never thought of playing with the flavors aside from the basics!
    Have a great 4th of July!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

      Thanks Erin! You too!

  15. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — July 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    You know this is brilliant, right? I heart you big time!!

    • Rachel Gurk — July 1st, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

      The feeling is mutual, my love!

  16. Jackie {Domestic Fits} — July 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    “Unfortunately for him, he’s married to a food blogger.” Ha! My poor husband always wants rice krispies treats and toll house cookies, poor guy never gets them!

    And I LOVE this idea, really fantastic.

  17. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — July 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Magic shell is so fun to make at home! Can’t wait to try your orange creamsicle version, Rachel!

  18. Amy @Very Culinary — July 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Genius. Move in with me. Please.

  19. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    This is so friggin’ summery and creative, Rachel! I love it!

  20. Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — July 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I love this…it’s perfect for summer and what a great idea! Can’t wait to see what other great combinations you come up with πŸ˜‰

  21. Aimee @ ShugarySweets — July 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    You are a genius. I can only imagine how delicious this tastes!

  22. Aggie — July 1, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Oh my gosh do I love the looks of this!!

  23. Sues — July 1, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I love that you made your own magic shell! And an orange creamsicle one at that! Amazing πŸ™‚

  24. Karen - Cinnamon Freud — July 2, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Love this idea! I love any shell coating on ice cream, and I love creamsicles. This may be my new summer obsession.

  25. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — July 2, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I am LOVING this! Im all about all things white chocolate..but with orange…creamsicle! Ugh Wish I lived next door to you! So delish!

  26. mjskit — July 3, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I’ve never made or even heard of a magic shell. I love it! My hubby might find it a little weird as well, but I know I would absolutely love it! YUM!

  27. Karly — July 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Oh my gosh, my mom is CRAZY about all things creamsicle and coconut! She would looooove this!

  28. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — July 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I love magic shell! I didn’t realize it was so easy to make at home–without the extra preservatives and chemicals!

  29. Miriam @ OvertimeCook — July 4, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Absolutely love this idea! I have to say, I have been finding magic shells a little overdone, but this is such a clever take on it!

  30. Nutmeg Nanny — July 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

    LOVE this idea! I love homemade magic shell but never thought to do a creamsicle variety.

  31. silver price — July 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

    LOVE this idea! I love homemade magic shell but never thought to do a creamsicle variety.

  32. Earline Fry — July 27, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    LOVE this idea! I love homemade magic shell but never thought to do a creamsicle variety.


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