Mixing Up Some Marvelous Candy Bar Milkshakes!

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In the summer months, many of us find ourselves getting away from cooking or baking anything that requires the stove or oven being on for more than 20 minutes. When the sun is beating down well into the evening, and the humidity levels seem as though they must have climbed past 100%, we don’t want to be near the kitchen! Instead of cakes and pies, we often favor frozen desserts, like ice cream, milkshakes, and Popsicles. And on occasions where we venture out for tasty treats, we can sometimes find ourselves in shock when we get the bill.

There are seemingly more places than ever to ‘create your own ice cream’, whether it’s a sundae or creation where everything gets mixed into the middle. I consider these mixed-up treats to be somewhat of a hybrid between a sundae and a milkshake, but for this post I’ll be referring to them as a milkshake.

I can honestly say that most of these summery treats that I’ve tried have been downright delicious. My favorite ingredients to include are Reese’s Cups, Reese’s Pieces and Oreos, though I’ll veer off-course from time to time. But for as tasty as they are, they are also expensive, with many places charging a small fee that adds up quickly for each candy. Not to mention, sometimes I simply don’t want to have to drive to the ice cream shop, dealing with traffic and a line, or simply be left craving when I decide I want one at midnight! So I did something recently that I should have been doing for years. I started making my own!

You’ll just need a few simple ingredients to make your own ice cream shop at home:

  • Ice Cream (I prefer the staples – chocolate and vanilla)
  • A Blender or Similar Appliance
  • Milk (If you prefer a thinner consistency)
  • Chocolate Sauce, Hot Fudge and/or Caramel Topping (optional and variable)
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  • Your Favorite Candy Bars (I usually work with mini ‘fun’ sizes)

I don’t follow an exact recipe for my candy bar milkshakes, usually including about 2 scoops of ice cream, a splash of milk, a quick squirt of chocolate sauce, and the equivalent of 2 chopped miniature candy bars in the blender. I don’t like the candy completely pulverized, nor do I like my treat too smooth, so a few blender bursts and I’m ready! If you like yours smoother, you might want to add the candy after blending about halfway if you don’t want it to break up too much. It’s all trial and error, and even the ‘errors’ taste delicious, so it’s a no-lose situation!

For garnish, I add a bit of whipped cream and some additional chopped candy bar pieces. I then grab a long spoon, dig in, and thoroughly enjoy each and every bite.

If you want some more inspiration, do a quick Google search for ‘candy bar milkshake’, or check out this tasty number to get started: Snickers Milkshakes.

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