Nowadays, the process of making a milkshake is no longer a well-kept secret. Unless you were brought up in a cave, high up in the frozen tundra of the Himalayas, you should have already read or googled up the fact that it's primarily two ingredients: ice cream and milk. The ingredients are combined, in equal parts, in a blender and they can be adjusted to provide a different consistency depending on preference. A thicker milkshake requires more ingredients while a thinner one needs less. From there, all that's left for the base is to add small amounts of the desired flavoring to the base and, voila!

Instant milkshake.

Making milkshakes at home should only be challenging if you plan to make the ice cream used for the base from scratch first. Although it might be more fun to make your own for the milkshake, don't let that stop you from buying some from the store to save time.

The recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 cups whole milk, cold
  • 1-2 tbsp added flavoring of choice (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cherries

Directions:

  1. This will make blending it less of a hassle. Chill a mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for 30 minutes for the whipped cream.
  2. Whisk the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract in the chilled bowl until they form soft peaks. Seal with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  3. Before starting on the milkshake, leave the ice cream out in room temperature for a few minutes to soften.
  4. Combine the vanilla ice cream, milk and preferred flavoring if desired in a blender. Blend for 5 seconds. If the milkshake is too thick, add a little more milk. If it's too thin, add some more ice cream by the scoop. Seal and refrigerate or serve immediately, each topped with the whipped cream and a cherry.

Serves: 2

Variations

  • Chocolate - Substitute chocolate ice cream for the vanilla ice cream or add one-quarter of chocolate syrup to the base before blending.
  • Strawberry - Substitute strawberry ice cream or add one-quarter of strawberry syrup to the base before blending.
  • Cookies and cream - Add one cup of crushed Oreo cookies to the base before blending. Sprinkle bits of the cookies over the whipped cream topping. Also, try out this simple recipe for cookies and cream ice cream.
  • Pina Colada - Add 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks and one tablespoon of coconut cream to the base before blending.
  • Banana - Add 2 bananas (chopped) to the base before blending.
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