Monday, September 12, 2011

My milkshake is better than yours

I went to Flip Burger Boutique this past weekend. For all you foodies, Flip is owned by Richard Blais of Top Chef fame. The burgers and solids are solid but allow me to wax poetic for a minute about the lineup of liquid nitrogen milkshakes - those beverages are the bomb diggity! The Krispy Kreme one is just way too sweet for me, but I HEART the nutella and burnt marshmallow milkshake, which is uber-chocolaty with a delicious layer of graham cracker crumbles at the bottom of the glass. I'm also a sucker for the peaches and cream shake. There's nothing better on a hot day than a nice, frosty beverage, amirite?
Still, if you're counting calories like I am, you can't afford to indulge in those Flip-style shakes on a regular basis. Fortunately, there are some light recipe variations to help alleviate that guilt. And, since today just happens to be National Chocolate Milkshake Day, I figured it was the ideal time to share this 200-calorie, sucralose-sweetened milkshake recipe courtesy of Hungry Girl. Enjoy!

HG's Ginormous Chocolate Ice Cream Shake
3/4 cup Breyers Double Churn Free ice cream, French Chocolate
1 25-calorie packet diet hot cocoa mix
1 1/2 tbsp. Hershey’s Syrup Lite chocolate syrup
2 Splenda packets
2 cups crushed iced (about 10 - 14 ice cubes' worth)
Optional: Fat Free Reddi-wip and a maraschino cherry

Dissolve cocoa mix and sweetener into 2 oz. of hot water. Mix well. Add syrup and 6 oz. of cold water and stir. Place crushed ice and ice cream in a blender. Top with liquid mixture. At low to medium speed, blend until shake is thoroughly mixed (but not liquified). Pour into a very tall glass and, if desired, top with a generous squirt of Fat Free Reddi-wip and a cherry. Enjoy!

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