Monday, March 9, 2015

Grasshopper Milkshake

It's that time of year when green is the theme.  We're over winter, ready for the flowers to start blooming and the greener than green grass to take over the lawns.  Needless to say there's a certain holiday right around the corner that is the epitome of spring; shamrocks, all things green and colorful rainbows.

Another thing that starts to take on that hue is food.  One thing in particular this time of year is a shake from a certain fast food restaurant.  You know the one.  The infamous shamrock shake.  Every year I see that shake advertised.  But, to be honest, I've never had one.  I know, the shock!  The horror.  I have, however, heard enough about them to know they are a mint milkshake that is tinted green.

Since I was a child I have loved the combination of mint and chocolate, and one of my all time favorite ice creams is mint chocolate chip.  I've passed this obsession to my little guy too, Tucker is a fan of anything and everything mint chocolate.  I decided I wanted to jump on the green milkshake bandwagon.  But, in doing so, I decided to go one step further with my mint milkshake endeavor and add chocolate to the mix.    
This grasshopper chocolate chip milkshake, shamrock shake...whatever you want to call it, combines 2 of my favorite things; my favorite color and my favorite ice cream.  Inevitably, I'm also sharing this with you just in time for you to whip it up on St. Patrick's Day!

So go ahead; whip up this minty-chocolaty milkshake and enjoy!

Grasshopper Shake

4 Large scoops, about 2 cups, mint chocolate chip ice cream
1/4 Cup milk
1/4 Cup heavy whipping cream
Peppermint extract, optional
Green food coloring, optional
Chocolate syrup
Whipped cream


Place ice cream, milk, cream, a drop or two of extract and food coloring in a blender and blend for about 30 to 45 seconds, until ingredients are combined and smooth.

Drizzle chocolate syrup around the inside of 2 glasses, if desired.  Divide the milkshake evenly between the glasses.  Top with whipped cream and more chocolate syrup.  Serve.

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

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