As the name suggests, milkshakes are typically dairy based. Prepared using ice cream and milk (or milk alternatives), a great milkshake also includes fun add-ins like fruit, candies, and nuts. With an equation like that, it’s hard to go wrong during your search for the perfect frozen treat. Of course, we didn’t say there weren’t favorites… Enter, the chocolate milkshake.
The staple of first dates, slumber parties, and guilty late-night indulgence, the chocolate milkshake is the king of classics. Whether you’re a chocolate lover or not, there is a milkshake for any occasion—and chocolate tends to taste great at any time of day.
In honor of National Chocolate Milkshake Day this September 12, we’re proving it to you with a full menu of chocolatey shakes to enjoy all day long as you celebrate.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Make it better with a milkshake.
Start your morning off like royalty with a rich pancake breakfast milkshake. A far cry from the standard breakfast smoothie, this recipe from Tastemade provides a full spread sure to delight the brunch crowd.
All you need to make your milkshake is whole milk, vanilla extract, vanilla (or chocolate) ice cream, and whipped cream to top it off. Sound a little plain? That’s because the pancake add-ins are the star.
For the pancakes, you can either whip them up homemade with all-purpose flour, baking powder, sugar, milk, eggs, and butter, or grab your favorite boxed mix. Don’t forget to pay homage to the “chocolate” part of Chocolate Milkshake Day by adding a scoop of chocolate chips into your pancake batter.
Cook the pancakes as normal and when they are cooled, blend a few into your shake mix. Top with whipped cream, more chocolate chips, and a drizzle of maple syrup and you’ve got an instant diner special!
You might think your usual lunchtime sandwich is a bore, but that’s because you’ve never tried it in milkshake form.
Take your childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwich to the next level of decadence with this chocolate PB&J milkshake, courtesy of The Food Network’s Sunny Anderson.
Just blend together chocolate ice cream, peanut butter, and chocolate (or regular) milk, then add to a glass drizzled with raspberry or strawberry jam. To finish it off, garnish with whipped cream, chopped peanuts, and maraschino cherries and behold—another reason to look forward to your lunch hour.
Need a pick-me-up instead? Try a mocha milkshake from Sarah Cook at BBC’s Good Food. With only four ingredients, you can power through fixing up this tasty chocolate milkshake until you get your caffeine.
Simply chop up some plain chocolate and place it into a large jug with 1 tablespoon of coffee granules. Boil your choice of milk and pour over the chocolate and coffee mix, stirring until it is melted.
When it cools, tip the mocha solution into a blender with vanilla ice cream (or chocolate, for an especially chocolately profile) and blend. You can also add a shot of cooled espresso if you need the added boost.
Top with whipped cream and grated chocolate—and enjoy!
We’ve all been told to have dinner before dessert, but what if you made dessert for dinner instead?
Then, just to make things more interesting, take a classic fancy dinner dessert and turn it into a milkshake, too—after all, turning dreams into beverages is what we do. The dreamiest dessert-gone-beverage? A chocolate-covered strawberry cheesecake milkshake.
This recipe is the brainchild of Faithfully Gluten Free. To make this romantic meal for two, you’ll need to have chocolate fudge or syrup, graham crackers, vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, milk, and cream cheese.
Prepare the glasses first to ensure a great experience. Pour the chocolate sauce into a bowl and dip the rim of your serving glasses, dusting with graham cracker crumbs. Coat the inside of the cups with more chocolate sauce.
When you are ready to make your shakes, blend together the ice cream, strawberries, milk, and cream cheese, then pour into your prepared glasses. Top with whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, and a chocolate-covered strawberry and serve with love.
Your sweetie will applaud your thoughtfulness on date night and you won’t even have to do too many dishes. It’s a win-win!
One last tip before we go: don’t forget to dress warm and loosen that waistband. Happy sipping!
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