4 Yummy Summer Milkshake Ideas

Try making one of these special shakes with the kids for a Saturday treat!

14/07/2017 10:04 BST | Updated 14/07/2017 11:11 BST

Hello summer! We’ve been waiting for you for ages. Long days filled with sunshine, picnics, outdoor adventures and warm evenings - and the best of the season’s sweet treats. To celebrate the summer, we challenged talented recipe blogger Julia from Vikalinka to create us some extra special milkshake recipes - and she certainly delivered. From a strawberry shortcake shake to an American s’mores-inspired campfire shake, your kids will love these indulgent recipes.

Says Julia: “What could be more glorious than a thick and creamy milkshake after a day spent in the sun? I cannot think of many. They are delicious and a snap to make! Here are a few tips that will help you to make a milkshake that will rival any store-bought one!”

  • Always use vanilla ice-cream as a base, and then add extra flavours of your choice.
  • Ice-cream straight from the freezer doesn’t blend well with milk. To achieve the creamiest consistency take your ice-cream out of the freezer 15 minutes prior to making milkshakes. It should be easily scoopable but not runny!
  • Use full-fat ice-cream and whole milk for best results.
  • It is all about the perfect ratio of ice cream to milk!
  • Finally, experiment with flavours as nothing is off limits!
  • 1 Strawberry shortcake milkshake
    Huffpost Parents
    “I don't know about you but as soon as summer comes around I cannot have enough strawberries. Their taste and aroma are simply stunning so it would be a crime not to use them in every way imaginable. Strawberry shortcake flavour is classic, which in my opinion shouldn’t be messed with!”

    Serves 2

    Ingredients:
    5-6 large strawberries, quartered
    600ml vanilla ice-cream
    50ml whole milk
    1 tsp vanilla
    whipped cream
    1 shortbread biscuit
    1 strawberry to decorate

    Method:
    1. Pulse strawberries in a blender, then add ice-cream, milk and vanilla. Blend until smooth and creamy.
    2. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream, shortbread crumbs and a strawberry.
  • 2 Peaches and cream milkshake
    Huffpost Parents
    “Another classic flavour that is so refreshing in the summer. This milkshake has a very delicate and subtle flavour, so use the ripest peaches to get stunning results!”

    Serves 2

    Ingredients:
    1 ripe peach
    600ml vanilla ice-cream
    50ml whole milk
    1 tsp vanilla
    whipped cream
    ½ peach to decorate

    Method:
    1. Halve the peach and remove the stone, pulse in a blender until smooth. Add ice-cream, milk and vanilla, and blend.
    2. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream and sliced peach.
  • 3 Campfire milkshake
    Huffpost Parents
    “The smoky smell of campfire and sticky marshmallows will always hold the most precious summer memories for me. This milkshake recipe is a fun one and is my take on the famous American S’mores. And you know what they say about them… not matter how many you eat you want SOME MORE! This recipe is a bit more involved than the others but the end result is well worth it!”

    Serves 2

    Ingredients:
    8 marshmallows
    100g Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons
    600ml vanilla ice-cream
    50ml whole milk
    whipped cream
    Cadbury Dairy Milk Button to decorate

    Method:
    1. Set your oven to a grill setting and grill the marshmallows until browned on both sides. This will only take about a minute, so watch them carefully.
    2. Microwave chocolate buttons for 30 seconds, then stir and put it back in the microwave for 20 seconds longer.
    3. In a blender combine vanilla ice-cream, 6 toasted marshmallows, melted chocolate buttons and milk, blend until smooth.
    4. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream, reserved toasted marshmallow and a chocolate button.
  • 4 Unicorn birthday cake milkshake
    Huffpost Parents
    “As a child I always felt bad for kids whose birthdays were in the summer because they couldn’t celebrate with their school friends who were away on holiday. Silly me! Now I know those kids are the luckiest! Who wouldn’t want to have a summer birthday pool party and these unicorn birthday cake milkshakes?”

    Serves 2

    Ingredients:

    600ml vanilla ice-cream
    50ml whole milk
    1 tsp vanilla
    whipped cream
    sugar paste unicorns or any other sweets
    honey or golden syrup
    sprinkles

    Method:
    1. Brush the rim of a glass with honey or golden syrup and dip into sprinkles.
    2. In a blender combine vanilla ice-cream, whole milk and vanilla, blend until smooth and creamy.
    3. Pour into a tall glass decorated with sprinkles and top with whipped cream and sugar paste unicorns or any other sweets.

(Note: Never leave your children alone in the kitchen mid-cooking session and  drum into them that hot pans and ovens can be dangerous. You and your children should enjoy all sweets and treats as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle)

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