Cherry Chocolate Milkshake

Cherry Chocolate Milkshake

Well I just went back and read my About Me page. I must apologize as I failed to mention a favorite food … Milkshakes. I have a vague memory that I spoke about my love for milkshakes and liquid meals in one of my smoothie post, but if not there it is. I have always loved milkshakes and before smoothies were a popular breakfast item , I can remember my mom making fruit shakes for my breakfast. I was and never have been a great breakfast eater. As an adult, I know how to get food when I need it, but as a child I do not think my parents liked sending me off to school without breakfast. Thus I can remember fruit shakes, toaster strudels, carnation instant breakfast, and a variety of other items being given to encourage me to eat breakfast. I probably ate mixture for breakfast as early as middle school and continue to do so at times. I like cereal. I just never learned to enjoy it covered in milk and turning soggy as I eat it. Funny as I think about it. I love milk and still consume it on a regular basis with meals, but cereal and milk are two foods I do not mix. However as I am typing it just occurred to me there is one way I would probably enjoy milk and cereal together… in a milkshake. That is an idea for another day.

Well I love milkshakes, but they are just too filling to accompany a meal. I actually consume them more in place of a meal. I used to get them for snacks or as quick bite when I was busy working and sort of missed meal times. As a kid I remember having milkshakes for lunch on a summer day for occasion, and this is something I have continued to do. Well it is more of a year round occurrence than a summer thing. It is just so easy and many times it is the perfect amount of food if we have had a later breakfast or bigger breakfast on the weekends, but need something with substinance to hold us to dinner. I do have some guidelines with our milkshake meals – they generally always contain a fruit, banana mostly. Nay sayers go on, but all food has a place and just as I remember it as a memory as a child, so will Little Miss Mixture. Besides there are worst things that could be consumed than a combination of fruit, milk, and ice cream.

The other day Little Miss Mixture and I were invited to have lunch with my mom. We went to a local restaurant that specializes in sushi and burgers. Yes it is a strange combination, but it works. The menu had some unique milkshake, including some adult only ones, but I was there for lunch and did not need that much. However the idea of a shake seemed to stick with me for the remainder of the day. Having eaten a somewhat late lunch, not being that hungry, and no pressure to make dinner as Mr. Mixture was out of town. I decided to eat some of the leftover food we brought home and make milkshakes. Perfect dinner for a hot night.

As a kid we used to visit Dairy Queen. In fact I can recall having my first blizzard and it being served upside down to show how thick it was. I am fairly certain when we got these they replaced our meals as well. See I am just carrying on another family tradition. I have always liked cherry things. For years I ordered the Cherries Jubilee flavor at Baskin and Robbins, and one of my favorite blizzards was chocolate covered cherry. I had never tried to recreate one of these flavors until the other day. I could be in trouble because the first time was success and why wouldn’t it be. How can you go wrong with chocolate and cherries.

Cherry Chocolate Milkshake

20 fresh cherries, washed and pitted

6 oz. Vanilla Ice Cream

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp. Chocolate Syrup

Blend and enjoy.

I wonder how many more delicious things I can make before cherry season is over.  What is your favorite way to eat cherries?

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