When my children were younger, Celia used to cry when I went to my monthly book club dinner because she didn’t want me to leave. My husband came up with a brilliant distraction from her momentary sorrows–he turned my book club night into milkshake night at home.

Andrew loves getting the kids to play along with his gags, so to make his ploy trickier, he renamed the milkshakes “broccoli stew,” and the three of them would go to great lengths to trick me into believing that that’s what they were really going to enjoy after dinner. When I saw the blender out on the counter in the morning, I’d ask, “Did you have milkshakes last night?” They’d always say no, they had broccoli stew.

Making milkshakes (or “broccoli stew”) and scooping ice cream is also a great way to teach our kids about economics. Why do we pay almost as much for one scoop of ice cream at the scoop shop as we pay for 1 ½ quarts of ice cream (which has six one-cup servings) from the supermarket? Ask your kids to ponder this question, and if they are old enough, ask them to calculate how much money they would spend for 10 scoops at the ice cream shop vs. the same amount from the supermarket.

Do you think your kids are too young to make their own milkshakes? Check out adorable 5-year-old Ahaan Limaye and his Chocolate Chunk Milkshake over at Kiwi Magazine’s Next Great Young Chef’s contest and you might change your mind.

I’ve always been a mint chocolate chip ice cream fanatic, so I have a soft spot for this Mint Chocolaty Crunch Shake. I’ve also shared two of our other favorite milkshake recipes below.

Variations

Monkey Milkshake

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana (peel before freezing overnight)
  • 1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 cup nonfat or low fat milk
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter or chocolate syrup (or both!)
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract


  • Strawberry Milkshake

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
    • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
    • 1/4 cup nonfat or low fat milk
    • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

    What is your favorite milkshake flavor or combination of flavors? Please share in the comments below.

    Recipe: Mint Chocolaty Crunch Shake

    • Prep Time: 5 min(s)
    • Total Time: 5 min(s)
    • Servings: Makes 4 small servings

    A deliciously refreshing milkshake recipe.

    Ingredients

      • 1 1/2 cups Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
      • 1 1/2 cups Chocolate Ice Cream
      • 1/3 cup nonfat or low fat milk
      • 1 – 2 broken Oreo cookies
      • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

    Instructions

      • Combine in a blender and blend for about 10 - 15 seconds -- not too long or it will lose its thickness and crunchiness. The large lumps of ice cream should be just blended.

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  • Alice Currah

    I love the combination of flavors in the monkey milkshake! It is one of my most favorite smoothie combos!

  • http://www.lakebreeze.org/blog3 DawnK

    Those sound yummy! I have to laugh, when you say to peel the banana before freezing! LOL! I once froze the whole banana. Impossible to peel, once it’s frozen! I learned my lesson! We often slice it up before freezing, too. Then it’s so easy to throw in a smoothie or shake.

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