Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Milkshake

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Milkshake


If you’ve been following along then you probably know this already, but, back in July I attended Blogger Bash – an amazing, small but powerful conference that featured an impressive array of brands and equally impressive social media influencers. It was amazing and just so much fun that I still haven’t even gone through all my pictures. One of the fantastic Blogger Bash sponsors who hosted a hugely popular lunch was Johnny Rockets! I’ve been to Johnny Rockets a handful of times, always with friends, and have always always always ordered one of their milkshakes. If you’ve been to Johnny Rockets then you know, you just don’t go there and not have a shake.


Inspired, my family and I sat down and brainstormed what kind of milkshake we’d most like to have. After countless ideas cooked up and shot down, we finally decided that a Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Milkshake was the way to go – and here it is!

I do hope you enjoy this, it really is so delicious I’ve been dreaming of making another batch since we had these! Everyone loved these, I served them in mini mason jar glasses, so I’d say this recipe serves about 3-4, and can be easily doubled if need be!


Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Milkshake
Serves 4
A refreshingly decadent Strawberry Shortcake milkshake - we serve ours as a dessert or alongside burgers (or veggie burgers) and sweet potato fries!
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  1. 10 Strawberries, rinsed and removed of stems
  2. 1/2 Tsp of Lemon Juice
  3. 1 Pint of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  4. 1/3 Cup of Milk
  5. 5 Gram Crackers
  6. 7 Oreo Cookies
  7. 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  1. Puree all of the strawberries and lemon juice in a food processor, set aside.
  2. Place your gram crackers into a sandwich bag, once sealed use the end of a heavy object and crush the crackers until they are very fine crumbs. After removing the filling from your Oreos (or other brand chocolate sandwich cookies), also place them in a sandwich bag, seal, and crush into fine crumbs as well.
  3. In a small pot, melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Mix two tablespoons with the gram cracker mix, and the other two tablespoons separately with the chocolate cookie mix. The butter is key here as it really gives the milkshake great flavor.
  4. In the cups you plan on serving with, layer in a thin layer of either (or both!) gram cracker or chocolate cookie mixture. Then layer in a thicker layer of your strawberry puree.
  5. Using a blender, blend together 1 pint of vanilla bean ice cream and 1/3 cup of milk. You can get creative and blend in other ingredients like more strawberries or vanilla in here if you like. Once smooth (but still thick – you don’t want to over-mix), layer over your strawberry & gram crackers and that’s it! Garnish with gram cracker crumbs or whipped cream and you’re done – enjoy!
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Happy National Coffee Day – and a giveaway!

Happy National Coffee Day! Yup! You heard right- we have a day dedicated to a good café’. Now the first thing I think of when I think of coffee- is creamer. I’m a big lover of coffee creamer. And my most favorite kind of coffee creamer is Coffee-mate. Vanilla Natural Bliss Coffee-mate creamer is completely synonymous with my morning coffee. I just have to have it. It always gives my morning cup ‘o joe a perfect creamy flavor that makes even Monday mornings not so bad.

Now, what I didn’t know about Coffee-mate is that you can use their creamer for delicious concoctions far beyond the coffee cup. You can actually use Coffee-mate creamer to make amazing fruit smoothies! I know, I know! You can’t believe it! Well, neither did I until I had a chance to try them at BlogHer. They’re so creamy and delicious, plus they’re super-fast to throw together – I make them all the time now!

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 medium ripe banana, peeled and cut crosswire into four pieces

1-1/2 cups frozen berries *(strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) or chopped fruit ( mango, pineapple, peaches)

1/4 cup Coffee-mate Natural Bliss Low-fat Vanilla

1/2 cup apple, white cranberry or orange juice

1 to 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Granulated sugar or sweetener of choice (optional)

- Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; arrange banana in single layer on baking sheet. Freeze banana for 20 minutes or until very cold, but not completely frozen.

- Place berries, banana, Natural Bliss, apple juice and lemon juice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Taste for sugar and lemon; if desired, add sugar or more lemon juice and blend until combined (if using fresh berries or fruit, you may need to sweeten). Serve immediately.

*If using fresh berries or fruit, line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange berries/fruit in single layer and freeze for 20 minutes or until nearly frozen.

**Recipe courtesy of Coffee-mate

Click here for more recipes using Coffee-mate creamer!

Now Coffee-mate as a brand offer over twenty different creamer flavors, with their Natural Bliss line carrying four: Caramel, Sweet Cream, Vanilla, and their new Low-fat Vanilla. I’ve tried them all- and they’re all delicious! What I really love about the Natural Bliss line (besides the flavor) is that they’re all made with only four simple ingredients – nonfat milk, heavy cream, sugar, and all-natural flavor. Natural Bliss gives you the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what I’m pouring into my morning cup of coffee- or my fruit smoothie! I get that creamy touch of sweetness, without any additives of preservatives, and that for me is a good quality creamer.

Now, this wouldn’t be a proper celebration of National Coffee Day without a giveaway! So if you’re one of the 82% of American coffee-drinkers that add cream to their coffee, then you’ll want to stick around for this giveaway – the kind folks over at Coffee-mate want to equip two lucky NYC Talon readers with a few coupons for FREE Coffee-mate Natural Bliss creamer! So enter below, and please leave one comment per entry!!!

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*This giveaway runs from 9/29 to 10/07. Open to 18+, US only. All opinions represented here are my own. I was given my own coupons, in addition to the ones being given away. No other compensation was received. Winners will be selected in a random drawing.

A Light Nosh with Lipton Tea & Honey – and a giveaway!

Every family has a special quirk or tradition. The Adams family had their little snapping thing – my family has a tradition of noshing. Every afternoon, usually afterschool, we break out the juice and some light snackage. Maybe our little tradition was born out of hunger, or maybe it was born out of a desire to break bread somewhere between official meal times – either way, we’re very particular about what drinks we guzzle during our nosh-time. So I thought, in honor of our little tradition I’d share with you our favorite beverage – Lipton Tea & Honey!

A delicious, low-calorie, ice tea mix made with real tea leaves, real fruit flavors, and sweetened with real honey – Lipton Tea & Honey comes in six amazing flavors: Mango Pineapple, Blackberry Pomegranate, Strawberry Acai, Peach Apricot, Black Currant Raspberry and Lemon. I’ve tried them all and they’re all insanely good!

You can make enough juice for a crowd, or just for one :)

What I love about these teas is that they don’t have any musty after-taste that many powder mixes have. They’re just pure, refreshing, and delicious! They also come in large servings, and travel sizes – for sipping on the go!  We love Lipton Tea & Honey so much that now we always have some flavor of the Tea and Honey juices cooling in the fridge. It really is so good, the kids love it, the adults love it – everybody is very enthusiastic about how amazing it is, and we love that it’s low-calorie!

Now here’s where it gets even better- Lipton has generously offered to give FIVE (yup, you read correctly- I said FIVE) lucky NYC Talon readers 3 boxes of Lipton Tea & Honey to try for themselves! Woo hoo! Pretty cool, huh? All you have to do is click the image below where you’ll be taken to a rafflecopter form so you can enter quick and easy!

*This giveaway is open to those 18+ at the time of entry. US Only. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor. This giveaway begins 9/27 and ends 10/11