|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 16g||21%|
|Saturated Fat 10g||49%|
|Total Carbohydrate 50g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||12%|
|Total Sugars 44g|
|Vitamin C 72mg||359%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
There's nothing quite like a milkshake when that's what you're craving, and they feel so nostalgic and old-fashioned. Creamy, frothy, sweet, and icy cold, milkshakes can cool you off on a hot and humid day or satisfy an ice-cream urge in a unique way. This recipe is extra sweet, as it calls for fresh strawberries, but you can use frozen ones if that's all you have.
While it’s not necessary to soak the strawberries in sugar before blending, it's an extra step that makes a difference. That little bit of sugar (just a tablespoon) pulls out the natural juices and intensifies the sweetness in a way that gives your milkshake amazing flavor. Letting the strawberries sit in the sugar before blending macerates and softens them, and it really does the trick. Sometimes the sweetness of fresh berries can vary, and using a little bit of sugar amplifies the natural sweetness. If you really, truly love strawberries, use strawberry ice cream instead of vanilla.
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"I was concerned that adding sugar to the strawberries might make the milkshake too sweet, but it was great. Thick and frosty, easy to make, and a refreshing summertime treat. The vanilla extract really helped the flavors pop, not just the vanilla but the strawberries too. A winner!" —Danilo Alfaro
1/2 pound fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
Small whole strawberries, garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Cut the tops off the strawberries and slice them into a few pieces.
In a medium bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, sugar, and vanilla extract and stir to combine well.
Set aside and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes and for up to 1 hour.
Place the strawberries with any juices, ice cream, and milk in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Pour into large glasses and, if desired, put a strawberry on the rim of each glass.
- You can use frozen strawberries that you buy in the freezer aisle, or you can freeze fresh strawberries and use those if you want a very thick shake. You may need to add a bit more milk if the shake is too thick.
- If you are looking to add more flavor to your strawberry milkshake, try adding a banana for a strawberry banana milkshake. (It's a good use for frozen bananas.)
- Include other berries in addition to the strawberries for a mixed berry shake. Try blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
- Add a scoop of malt powder for a malted strawberry shake.
- Drizzle it with chocolate syrup for a strawberry chocolate milkshake.
- Dollop some whipped cream on top, and maybe some chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
- You could also substitute all of the dairy items with non-dairy milk and ice cream.
What Kind of Milk Is Best for Milkshakes?
Feel free to use any kind of milk you'd like, from skim to whole, or even plant-based ones, although whole milk makes for a richer milkshake.