Whether it’s strawberry, chocolate or vanilla, and whether it came from the ice cream “shoppe” or from your very own kitchen, most people have a childhood memory of milkshakes. They’re so delicious and fun to drink that it’s no wonder why milkshakes are so popular among children (and yes, adults, too!).
As many milkshakes as I have made in my life, I cannot believe I have ever had the idea to make a polka-dot milkshake. I found the recipe for this recently in a food magazine and when I searched online I found the exact same recipe from Sweet Paul. So, as you normally would, just as the weather is turning chilly in preparation for winter down here in Sydney, I bought ice cream to make these sweet polka-dot milkshakes on one of the coldest, rainiest days so far this year.
It’s not that unusual to have ice cream on such a cold day, is it? Besides, how could you resist after seeing how cute these are!
The magic to these polka-dot milkshakes is simply marshmallows. You could use the technique for any flavor of milkshake, really. Just simply slice a few marshmallows in half, then press the sticky, cut side against the inside of your empty glass and fill with the milkshake.
Just a note – the marshmallows do fall off rather easily and after doing this twice, I have found that the marshmallows stay put a bit longer if the milkshake is more thick. In other words, add more ice cream and less milk!
Paper straws are the finishing touch to this fun, whimsical drink that is sure to delight any child!
Try a chocolate milkshake with white marshmallows, or a vanilla milkshake with pink marshmallows.
These milkshakes didn’t help to warm us up on a chilly, rainy day, but they certainly brought a smile to our faces!
Strawberry Polka-dot Milkshakes
Adapted from Sweet Paul
Serves 2 (depending on what size glasses you use)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 very large scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup strawberries, hulled
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 marshmallows, cut in half
Blend milk, ice cream, strawberries and extract in a blender until smooth. Press the cut side of the marshmallows inside empty glasses. Pour the milkshake into the glasses. Serve with straws and enjoy!