Did you know June 20 is National Vanilla Milkshake Day! To celebrate this fine occasion my children and I couldn’t resist creating a delicious Tropical Vanilla Strawberry Freak Shake. If you’re scratching your head wondering what a Freak Shake really is, it’s a funky spin on a traditional milkshake. This over the top sister to your grandma’s diner shake is creative, indulgent, and most importantly crazy delicious… basically every kid’s dream shake! Think gummy candies, pretzels, sugary cereal, donuts, sundae toppings, creamy ice cream, the sky is the limit. Grab your favourite tasty treats and let’s get started!
You may remember last month when I shared that Atlantic Superstore did some research to keep us up to date with Canadian Food Trends. For June, the trend we’re highlighting is Occasional Indulgence. Canadians are forgetting the “rule book” when it comes to cooking, and are having more fun with their meals – from embracing delicious and outrageous summer desserts to adding full fats to create decadent flavours.
Tropical Vanilla Strawberry Freak Shake
For the Milk Shake: (part 1)
- 2 cups Presidents Choice Ice Cream Shop Vanilla Ice Cream
- 3 tbsp Minute Maid Smoothies, Tropical Flavour
- 1 tbsp PC Black Label Fruit Spread, BC Strawberry
- 1 cup PC Sliced Frozen Strawberries
- 1/2 cup Milk of choice
For the toppings:
(These are just the basics, feel free to grab what you truly love, this is indulgence day!)
- Gummy Candies
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal
- Whip Cream
- Fresh Fruit
- Cotton Candy
- BBQ skewers
- Pancake Mix
I chose to get a little creative with what to freak our shakes up with. Waffles are one of my children’s go to treats so we had to try something funky with them. We mixed up a bit of pancake mix, incorporated Cinnamon Toast Crunch (left), caramel popcorn and sprinkles (right). The result, a delicious indulgent treat!
Next we threaded candies, liquorice, and cotton candy onto bamboo BBQ skewers to top our shakes off.
To rim the glasses with sprinkles: melt a small amount of chocolate, tip the glass upside down to coat the edge of the milkshake glass with melted chocolate. Put a puddle of sprinkles on a plate and dip the chocolatey rim into the sprinkles. Set glasses in the fridge until your shake is mixed up. Dip pretzels or fruit into remaining melted chocolate and sprinkles.
Mix part one in a blender until smooth. Pour into two tall milkshake glass rimmed with chocolate and sprinkles. Add in your sweet treats starting with the biggest (waffles) and adding in smaller treats around. Top with mile high whip cream and dust with sprinkles.
Next time I’m dying to try a pistachio pudding shake, it was my favourite flavour as a child.
What fun and unusual ingredients would you use to create your own crazy milkshake?
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