Slice of Life: Milkshakes for Mom

May 8, 2014
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MilkshakeALERT ALERT ALERT to anyone who doesn’t have a TV, read a newspaper or have Internet access and seen the ads — Mother’s Day is this Sunday.

OK, before you start getting frantic, don’t worry—all is not lost. I’ve got your back on this one. You can, of course, take your favorite mom, mom figure or important woman in your life out to stand in line to wait way too long to eat because you forgot to make a reservation, or you can score some major points with a quick trip to the grocery store for ice cream (and flowers and gift certificates or if it’s a mega grocery—a blender or food processor to help make the “present”).

As for the ice cream, I’m not talking about a huge calorie-loaded extravaganza or even a recipe that calls for bunches of ingredients and lots of prep time. I’m suggesting recipes that call for 3 to 5 ingredients and can be made with frozen yogurt, lactose-free or non-dairy substitutes and non-dairy “milks” if lactose intolerance or allergies are a worry.

The following milkshake recipes offer even the most cooking- impaired individuals a way to say “I love you mom” and they give new meaning to “sharing the love.”


1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 cup whole milk
1 pound strawberries, sliced
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice

In a blender combine the ice cream, lemon zest and milk and process until smooth. Divide between 4 glasses. Add the strawberries and lemon juice and process until combined. Divide the strawberry mixture between the 4 glasses and gently swirl it into the milkshake. Makes 4.

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4 tablespoons fudge sauce
1 banana, diced
1/4 cup chocolate ice cream
1/4 cup strawberry ice cream
1/4 cup vanilla ice cream
1 cup milk
Can of whipped cream (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped walnuts or pecans
2 maraschino cherries
Fudge sauce for garnish

In each of 2 tall glasses, place 2 tablespoons fudge sauce, half of the diced banana, 2 mini scoops chocolate ice cream, and 2 mini scoops strawberry ice cream. In blender, combine vanilla ice cream and milk and blend until mixture is smooth. Add mixture to glasses; top each with whipped cream and, if you like, walnuts and a cherry, then drizzle with fudge sauce. Makes 2, this recipe can be doubled.

Modified from Good Housekeeping’s Blend It! cookbook


1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 cup hot fudge plus 2 tablespoons

At the bottom of each glass, spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of hot fudge. In a blender, combine the milk, ice cream, vanilla, bourbon and about 1/4 cup of hot fudge. Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into 2 glasses and top with a tablespoon of hot fudge. Makes 2.

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1 cup milk
2 bananas
1 cup vanilla ice cream (or frozen yogurt)
A few dashes of cinnamon
1 tablespoon caramel topping
Can of whipped cream, optional

Place all ingredients into a blender except the caramel. Process until smooth. Divide the mixture between 2 glasses. Drizzle the caramel topping over the top. Swirl gently and then top with whipped cream if desired. Makes 2

Submitted by Sari Michaels, Chicago IL


1 cups coffee ice cream
1 1/2 cup chocolate ice cream
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup coffee liqueur
2 large chocolate chip cookies (broken into pieces) + 1 more to crumble on top
6 ice cubes

Combine all the ingredients to a blender and process until almost smooth (small pieces of cookie are OK). Divide between 4 glasses and crumble the extra cookies on top. Serves 4.

Modified from


4 Snickers bars, chopped
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup chocolate sauce
2 tablespoons caramel sauce plus more for drizzling, optional

Place 3 of the chopped Snickers in a blender along with the ice cream, milk, chocolate sauce, and caramel sauce. Processed until smooth and divide between 4 glasses and a sprinkle the remaining chopped Snickers on top of the shake. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the top. Makes 4.

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