Lucky Shakes

In this world– in these trying times– only a few things surpass the satisfaction of Lucky Charms with cold milk.* The unmistakable faulty blue tint of the milk once you’ve finished the marshmallows and dry cat food always evokes nostalgia, mostly because sugary cereal still tastes like rebellion. The milk, once again, full of sin when the charms are finally gone, is arguably the best part of the entire process.

For these milkshakes, the inspiration is the color, flavor, and ultimate fulfillment that Lucky Charms cereal imparts on whole milk. Don’t even bother if you’re too scared to buy whole milk. I’ll bully you if you use 1%.

*There are only a few things I dislike more than the feeling about an hour after eating Lucky Charms in the middle of the day.

Lucky Charms milkshake

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marshmallows with green dye

marshmallows with green dye

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lucky charm milkshakes

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vanilla milkshake

vanilla milkshake

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Make the Lucky Shakes

For the marshmallow fluff (optional):

  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp water
  • drop of green food dye (optional)
  1. Stir everything together and microwave in 10 seconds intervals, mixing in between.
  2. Stir until smooth and set aside.

For the shakes (serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 5 big scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 2 cups of Lucky Charms
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  1. In a large bowl, steep the cereal in the milk. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 30-45 minutes. Strain the lucky milk into another bowl.
  2. In a blender (I use a Kitchen Aid for thicker shakes), blend the ice cream, adding the lucky milk gradually until you reach a desired consistency. If you use a standing mixer, stir the milk and ice cream on low until you get a thick consistency.
  3. Garnish with Lucky Charms marshmallows, green marshmallow fluff, and whipped cream.

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Homemade Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix

It’s officially Christmas Eve’s Eve Eve! As you know, when you get in the spirit pretty early in the season, Christmas day itself seems almost surreal. I don’t even want to get into post-holiday feels. So the past few posts have been my version of a countdown of sorts, all things holiday leading up to the big hoorah. For this next giftable item, I decided I wanted to go for a traditional holiday staple: hot cocoa. Unfortunately, however, I’ve found myself growing tired of your basic, everyday milk chocolate hot cocoa with gummy marshmallows and a condensed, syrupy bottom. So I was inspired to kick it up a notch and spice things up (pun extremely intended).

This recipe fills a half-pint jar and serves two people or one ambitious person with big dreams and motivation.

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Make the mix:

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 oz semi sweet chocolate
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg

(1 cup of half & half = 5 tbsp. of cocoa mix)

  1. Process the chocolate in a food processor until it’s grainy and sand-like. Add sugar and cocoa powder and blend until powdery (it won’t be super smooth).
  2. Add cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and blend until combined.

To make the hot cocoa (2 servings): heat 2 cups of half & half or milk in a small saucepan until the edges begin to bubble, stir in 10 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix and stir until smooth, pour into two mugs.

Enjoy! xo, B