Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

I have had so much fun experimenting with popsicles lately.  With temperatures rising this week to 115, the thought of turning on my oven to bake, was not appealing.  Popsicles were all I could think about.  I recently ate a coconut popsicle at my parents’ house, and it was so good, I set out to recreate it at home.  Jeff does not do coconut, though, so I made him some vanilla ice cream bars instead.  I am so glad I did, because those were the ones I ended up liking the best.

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

Have you ever eaten a chocolate dipped ice cream bar from Costco? I love them and have a hard time resisting buying one whenever I shop there. Happily, that is exactly what these bars tasted like – creamy vanilla ice cream inside, dipped in rich homemade hard shell chocolate outside, and topped with chopped roasted almonds or not depending on what you prefer.

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

The chocolate these are dipped in is actually homemade Magic Shell which is basically chocolate that hardens when it comes into contact with something cold like ice cream.  Jeff loves Magic Shell on his ice cream so I’ve been meaning to try making my own for a long time.  Turns out it only contains 2 ingredients, chocolate chips and coconut oil and is super quick to make.  I don’t think I will ever buy it again. If you buy good quality chocolate chips, the taste is very rich and chocolaty, and is the best thing about these ice cream bars.

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

They are pretty easy to make as long as you follow the directions exactly.  I had to make them a couple of times before I was able to get the magic shell to stick.  I realized it was because I hadn’t waited long enough for the chocolate to cool off and the popsicles were too melty after removing them from the popsicle molds.  The trick was to place the popsicles back in the freezer overnight so that they were extremely cold when I dipped them, and to make sure the chocolate had cooled for at least an hour.  Using a plate that had been in the freezer to place them on after dipping really helped too. When I tried it again using those techniques, it worked perfectly.  If you are a fan of ice cream bars or Magic Shell, I hope you will give these a try.  They are a real treat on a hot summer day, and are going to be on my summer bucket list from now on!

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

Copycat Magic Shell recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the Vanilla Ice Cream (read through the recipe first as there are several steps involved that include freezing overnight):

  • 1 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1/2 c half and half
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Stir together all ingredients until blended.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Insert sticks.
  4. Freeze overnight.  (Also freeze a couple of plates or cookie sheet to use when you are dipping popsicles in chocolate).
  5. To unmold popsicles, run warm water over the bottom of the mold for about 10-15 seconds.  Take out popsicles and place in a plastic baggy not touching each other, seal it, and freeze overnight or at least until the popsicles are completely frozen again.

For the Chocolate Magic Shell:

  • 1 c good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 T coconut oil (not hard-pressed for less coconut taste)
  1. Place chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwavable dish.
  2. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir.
  3. Place back in microwave and heat at 10 second intervals, stirring after each time until chocolate is melted (keep in mind if any water touches chocolate it will freeze up).
  4. After chocolate is melted, set aside to cool for 1 hour before using.
  5. Can be kept at room temperature for up to 1 month.  If it hardens, melt again in microwave at 10 second intervals, and cool for 1 hour before using.

To Dip Popsicles:

  1. When popsicles have been unmolded and refrozen and Chocolate Magic Shell has been made and cooled at least an hour, take out frozen plate or cookie sheet and line with parchment paper.
  2. Pour chocolate into a narrow mug or pitcher tall enough and wide enough for a popsicle to fit in it.
  3. Take out 1 popsicle at a time from freezer, dip in the chocolate, and quickly sprinkle with chopped almonds if desired.  Place on frozen plate and place in freezer, while getting out next popsicle to dip.  Repeat process until all popsicles are dipped, placing each one on frozen plate or cookie sheet in freezer after dipping.
  4. When all are dipped, and the chocolate is hardened, place popsicles in a baggy and seal.  Freeze for at least a couple of hours before serving.
  5. When ready to serve, take out of freezer, and eat immediately.

Recipe from Cook AZ I Do








About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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48 Responses to Chocolate Dipped Vanilla Ice Cream Bars

  1. nancyc says:

    Those ice cream bars look SO good! 🙂

  2. cheri says:

    Hi Shari, love the ice cream bars at Costco, looks like a ice cream maker is not needed here, will be able to make these, looks delicious!

    • Shari says:

      Thanks, Cheri! All you need are popsicle molds to make these. The good thing about these is they are smaller than the ones at Costco so less calories!:) I hope you enjoy them if you get a chance to make them!

  3. foodessen says:

    I’ll have to find some molds just to try these. They look great!!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Connie! I have found them at Walmart here. I hope there is a place to buy them there, but I know they have popsicle molds on Amazon, too. How is the weather where you live right now? Does it get hot in the summer?

      • foodessen says:

        Thanks Shari! I will have to get out and look, I know I have seen some before. Otherwise I’ll wait until I’m visiting the States this fall.
        We had a really warm day yesterday, about 88 with thunderstorms in the evening. And it does get hot at times in the summer, this summer has been up and down. It doesn’t get hot like in AZ thank goodness because we don’t have a/c. Have a great week 🙂

      • Shari says:

        Thanks, Connie! You have a great week, too.

  4. Ginny says:

    Looks so refreshing and delicious! And a special thanks for all the tips. (personally, I think all recipes should explain the ‘whys’ behind directions — when it see directions like “… mix on medium speed, just until foamy … ” I can’t help but think, why?!)

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Ginny! I’m glad all the tips aren’t just a waste of time. I learned a lot the second time I made them and thought I’d pass it along. I totally agree with you about wanting to know why a recipe tells you to do certain things. I think it helps you become a better cook, the more information you have. I hope your summer is going well!

  5. Liz says:

    Omg Shari, these looks so perfect and delicious, I don’t know what to say. The popsicles are perfect, the photos are great and now I just wonder what they taste like. I shall try them out to have the same experience you did. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much, Liz! I just love the ones with the roasted and salted almonds on them. It’s that whole salty/sweet thing. I really appreciate your very kind comments. I hope you enjoy them if you make them!

  6. sarahgiebens says:

    Oh Shari! I love this! And I could use one (read: a few) right now 😀

  7. Vicki says:

    Do you need any taste testers?!?

  8. These look soooooo amazing and perfect for the summer!

    • Shari says:

      Thanks, Kloe! Somehow summer is easier to handle if there are popsicles involved. I appreciate you stopping by and hope your move is going well!

  9. faofoodlovers says:

    These look so nice!

  10. Ngan R. says:

    115! Oh my goodness, that is hot. I can understand why ice cream would be necessary in that heat. These bars look absolutely perfect, Shari, so smooth and tempting! I have never heard of Magic Shell, but can see it works well for dipping ice cream in. Hope you stay cool!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Ngan! Magic Shell is something we buy at the store to put on ice cream. It is basically chocolate sauce that hardens when you put it on something cold. It worked great for dipping the ice cream bars, too. I hope your summer is going well!

  11. I am SO glad your recipe doesn’t require ice cream maker!!!!! I am in!!!
    It looks too yummy not to make them and eat one (or two) everyday 🙂

    • Shari says:

      Thank you very much, Pang! I’m glad it doesn’t take an ice cream maker, too. So much easier that way. I hope you enjoy them if you try them. I appreciate you stopping by!

  12. OMG, you just remind me about my childhoood, my mom used to dip our posickle witth chocolate and chopped cashew
    instead of vanila ice cream, my mom used to made it with avocado,
    great pictures my friend, capturing ice cream isn’t that easy for me, good job!!!!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much, Dedy! I’m glad I could bring back good memories for you. The chopped cashews sound good. I’ve never heard of frozen avocado replacing ice cream. That is so interesting. You are so right about taking pictures of ice cream, especially in the heat. By the time I was done, I had a huge melted mess!:) I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and for your kind comments!

  13. Shari, they sure do look professionally made and delicious! I am going to try your recipe!

    Did you see my recent post, homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream?

    • Shari says:

      Thank you for the kind comments, Michael! I didn’t see your post, but I will go there right now and check it out. I hope you enjoy these bars if you try them. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. milkandbun says:

    That’s awesome!!! It’s a great ice cream recipe, because it doesn’t require ice cream maker! 😀

    • Shari says:

      Thanks, Mila! It really is such a simple recipe. It just takes time in-between each step. Easier than an ice cream maker, though! I appreciate you stopping by!

  15. This looks amazing! Perfect for hot summer days 🙂

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Cathleen! They really do help on a hot day. Ice cream always cheers me up!:) I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment

  16. Patty Nguyen says:

    We hit 108 last week and have been hovering in the 100s since then. I sure could use about a dozen of these bars of yours, Shari!!

    • Shari says:

      Wow, 108 is tough! Especially if it gets humid where you live. I wish I could give you some, Patty. I would be happy to share!:) Thanks for stopping by!

      • Patty Nguyen says:

        It was 106 today. I am melting! 😀

      • Shari says:

        I’m sorry, Patty!:( I wish I could give you some. At 106, popsicles are definitely in order. Someone on the news today said summer is winding down. I was kind of surprised. I hadn’t noticed! I think they must not have been talking about Arizona. Hang in there!

      • Patty Nguyen says:

        Guess what? It sprinkled today! What in the world?? Ah well. I can’t complain. Actually, I can since I’m heading to DC tomorrow and will faint from the humidity. Oh I can’t wait for fall!! 😀

      • Shari says:

        That’s great that it sprinkled! Or is it? We are always so happy when it rains here. What about where you live? Does it create too much humidity? I hope they have an unusual cooling trend in DC while you’re there!:)

  17. Well! I had no idea it was this easy to make such a wonderful treat! Why on earth haven’t I done this before??

    We’re having a very hot summer here (well, hot for our climate), which is something we’ve not had in the past few years. The other day, my sister-in-law and I ordered dipped ice cream bars from a chocolate shop and, being unused to eating ice cream in hot weather, I had chocolate and vanilla ice cream had dripping all over me almost immediately. It was all over my hands, and on the bench and dripping onto the sidewalk. I’m really out of practice! I might need to make lots of your ice cream bars this summer for fast-ice-cream-consumption training.

    • Shari says:

      That is so funny about your ice cream dripping all over. You should have seen my kitchen after photographing these – saving that picture for my blooper post. I definitely think we both need more practice eating ice cream bars!:)Funny thing, when my husband saw the pictures he chastised me (kiddingly) that I didn’t do it right. He said the chocolate is supposed to go all the way down to the stick so the melty ice cream is held in by the chocolate. Who knew? I better make some more to see if he is right! Thanks for your comment, Ruth. It made me smile!

  18. Oh these look so good, Shari and exactly like the awesome Costco ones! And imagine how much one can experiment with a variety of chocolate and nuts! Yum!

    • Shari says:

      Thanks so much, Peri! You are so right about the endless possibilities of types of nuts, ice cream, and chocolate. I better get to experimenting. Somebody has to do it!:)

  19. These look incredible. Emma.

  20. We made these on the weekend and THEY WERE AMAZING! Everything about it was perfect – the ice cream, the chocolate, the toasted almonds we rolled them in… Thanks so much for posting this.

    Also I made the honey vanilla granola recipe you posted a few weeks ago. Before I had a chance to “crumble” it for cereal, my husband got into it and broke off large chunks to eat. “You should leave these as cookies,” he said. So I did! Fantastic!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much for your feedback on these recipes, Ruth! You really made my day. It makes me very happy that you and your husband enjoyed them. I love those large chunks of granola, too!:) Sorry to be so long in getting back to you. We have been on vacation. I really do appreciate your comment!

  21. Nancy says:

    Looks like the PERFECT Arizona summer treat! And homemade magic shell too…yummy!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Nancy! It is so nice to see you here. Anything cold here in the summer is perfect!:) And the magic shell was unbelievably easy – just 2 ingredients. I appreciate you stopping by!

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