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Bacon Maple Milkshake

We had originally planned to make bacon maple ice cream for last night’s Bacon Blow Out dinner party, but at at the last minute we decided to upgrade to milkshakes.  As long as you have the right equipment, this is easy but oh so tasty!

Makes 4 milkshakes (repeat as necessary to satisfy all your Bacon Blow Out guests)

5 cups of vanilla ice cream

12 oz. of whole milk

1/3 cup of chopped, cooked, and drained bacon (do this well beforehand)

1/3 cup of maple syrup

1/2 tsp. of maple extract

Whipped cream (from a can, or use our recipe found here)

Pour the milk into a blender.  Add the ice cream, maple syrup, and maple extract.  Blend until smooth.

Take the lid off the blender and stir in the bacon by hand, reserving a small amount to sprinkle on the whipped cream (maybe a pinch per milkshake).

Pour into a cup, garnish with whipped cream, and sprinkle on a few bacon pieces.  Optional: add a whole strip of bacon for visual appeal.

bacon maple milkshake

bacon maple milkshake

Peanut Butter Milkshake

peanut butter goodness

peanut butter goodness

If there is one food that represents the United States, it is the peanut.  A legume with hundreds of uses in food and in various industries, the plant replenishes nutrients in depleted soil, and the edible part is packed with nutrients for consumption.  So multifaceted, so hearty, so American.  Use it in a milkshake, and you have a sweet treat to sip while watching Fourth of July fireworks.

Makes 4 12-oz. shakes

1 quart of vanilla bean ice cream (we like Straus Family Creamery)

12 oz. of whole milk (also from Straus if available to you)

1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter, organic if possible

Whipped cream (canned or make your own)

A few peanut butter and chocolate cup candies (we found some organic ones)

Blend the first 3 ingredients in a blender.  Pour the milkshake into four glasses, and garnish with whipped cream and candy.

Two Milkshakes, Chocolate and Caramel

It would be insane to put on the Can You Beat the Heat? dinner party without any respite from the spiciness.  Thoughtful caterer and event planner Chef Zach new that our palates would need something to help cool down between bites, so he came up with two milkshakes – one for the appetizers, and one for the entree.

Each recipe makes about four 12-oz cups

• For the chocolate milkshake:

1 quart of vanilla bean ice cream (we like Straus Family Creamery)

1 cup of dark chocolate, chopped

1 cup of whole milk (also from Straus if available to you)

1/2 cup of Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  For fancy presentation, stripe the inside of the glass with the chocolate syrup before pouring the milkshake, and reserve some chopped dark chocolate for a sprinkling of shavings.

• For the caramel milkshake:

1 quart of vanilla bean ice cream (Straus Family Creamery)

1 cup of vanilla caramel sauce (use the link for our caramel recipe)

3/4 cup of whole milk (again, Straus)

Blend all ingredients in a blender.  For fancy presentation, stripe the inside of the glass with caramel before pouring the milkshake, and spoon some on top, as well.