I browsed Pinterest for inspiration to make milkshake but what greeted me was a ton of photos of colorful concoctions with toppings so ridiculously high that I must have made a loud sound of exasperation. Alex was suddenly on my side and telling me about their experience in U.P. Maginhawa where people her age were lining up at a stand that sold ridiculously overdecorated drinks. Her friend, Joshua, who was vacationing from Australia had been seeing photos of the stall’s milkshakes on Instagram and he’d been craving for a glass. As it turned out, the pretty drinks didn’t taste as good as they looked.
Yes, I know that the current fad is to top milkshake with every imaginable thing—including donuts, cake slices and cotton candy—but over-the-top just isn’t my style. In my book, if the milkshake tastes like crap, no amount of decoration will magically make it taste good. So this is old-fashioned strawberry milkshake made with frozen strawberries, ice cream, milk, sugar and dark chocolate ganache. The garnish is secondary; the flavor and texture of the milkshake are paramount. A delightful snack you can share with loved ones on Valentine’s Day.
Old-fashioned Strawberry Milkshake
- 2 cups diced strawberries
- 125 grams dark chocolate chopped
- 1/2 cup cream
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream homemade or store-bought
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- scoops of vanilla ice cream
- whole strawberries
Place the strawberries in a tightly covered container and freeze.
When the strawberries are rock hard, place three milkshake glasses in the freezer. Leave for ten minutes.
Make the ganache by heating the chocolate and cream in the microwave, on HIGH, for about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
Take the glasses out of the freezer and drizzle some of the ganache down the sides--inside the glasses, NOT outside.
Dump the frozen strawberries, ice cream, milk and quarter cup of sugar into the blender. Process until smooth. Taste and add the rest of the sugar, if needed. Pulse a couple of times to blend in the added sugar.
Pour the milkshake into the prepared glasses.
Top each glass of milkshake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Dip the whole strawberries in the remaining chocolate and press into the ice cream.
Drizzle the rest of the ganache over the milkshake.
Serve the old-fashioned strawberry milkshake at once.