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
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!