Monday, August 2, 2010

Summer Desserts: A Two-fer!

My daughters have been waiting tables in a restaurant that sells ice cream and family fare (this a Northeastern chain that is not "hostile", so Nichole and Mango's Momma probably know the place). Of course, they've learned the secrets to great ice cream drinks, and I'm here to help you with a couple.

Fair warning: these are not diet desserts, so please don't blame me if your
waistband is a little tighter after indulging in these delights.

MILKSHAKES, Restaurant Style

1 cup milk
4 scoops ice cream
2 tbsp syrup, same flavor as ice cream, if available

(if vanilla shake, use 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Put the milk in the blender.
Add the ice cream and whirl at low speed. You will likely have to stop the blender and free up the ice cream a couple of times. Pour into a large glass and serve with a long handled spoon.

Don't use whipping cream; the shakes won't taste right. You can put whipped cream on top, if you like, but these milkshakes stand alone just fine.


Given the supervision of the making of these delights, you know they were good.

Of course, having to be different, I required a...

ROOT BEER FLOAT

Root Beer
3 scoops vanilla ice cream.

Pour 1/2 glass of root beer. Stir 10 times to reduce the carbonation. Gently add the 3 scoops of ice cream. Fill the glass with root beer, pouring down the side to avoid the ice cream, so it doesn't fizz over.

Confession: I had mine made with diet root beer. I know it's stooopid to count those extra 100 calories, but it was that much less calorie counting I had to do the next day!

Next time, I'll bring you a much loved treat from this not hostile restaurant. It's very vividly colored, and astonishingly cold!

21 comments:

gMarie said...

Oh - I love root beer floats! I haven't had one in forever! and I just got the scale stablized at down 10 :( g

Rose said...

MMMM, they both look good! But I'm with you on the rb float!! Nothing better!! (Unless the shake also has malt powder in it!)

Mango said...

Just stay away from the Mango smoothies.

Slobbers,
Mango

Sue said...

Those both look good on a hot day. I think I'd go with the float, too.

Channon said...

Love 'em both. Haven't had either in a very long time.

Big Dude said...

Funny you should post this as I've been thinkng about a rootbeer float for about a week and discovered yesterday that we have both requirements - perhaps tonight if I want something sweet.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Perfect for hot summer days like today :)

Nichole said...

LOL... that would be Friendly's, although it's funny that we never go there. They have a reputation near us for being extremely SLOW with service so unless you've got an afternoon to kill, you go somewhere else. HA HA

Ohh and now I want a Root Beer Float!

The Blonde Duck said...

I. LOVE. Milkshakes.

Pam said...

Oh I love root beer floats!! I always used to have one at Woolworths whenever I went shopping. Gosh I'm old.

Debbie Cook said...

If it's Friendly's, I used to love that place! We would go there all the time when we lived in Connecticut (I was a kid). Yummmm!

Robynn's Ravings said...

Let's get together when the kids are gone and console one another with these things! :)

Chef Dennis said...

now thats a two-fer....I'll take one of each please! Now how can you not like milk shakes...and I re introduced root beer floats at the school I work at, I was amazed how many of the girls had never had one.....we fixed that!!!

Pam said...

Oh man, now I am totally craving a rootbeer float AND a milkshake. Both look delcious.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I see Thor is watching on to make sure he misses nothing. I have no idea what root beer is, don't think it exists in our part of the world! Diane

ToyLady said...

I love the supervisor! We have the same sort of "help" - especially when there's the potential of dropped cheese anywhere. . .

Mickle in NZ said...

Brothers learning and Thor keeping the peace - just what is needed when your girls know how to make a decent milkshake. Hey Cass, my fav is strawbery!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Yum, root beer floats are one of my all time favorites.

p.s., don't have populars thank goodness cause we have enough invasive species as is!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I could get some real chores done around my house if I wave these around!

Gnat said...

YUMMY! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Rootbeer floats!!

monica said...

ah yummie, shakes! must get a blender !! love smoothies as well!
Root beer... hm, can you describe the taste?