Virtual MilkShake Party- Featuring Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried (up for grabs)

by Pam on June 25, 2012

As the sweltering summer heat descends on our area, the kids and I begin to crave cool, creamy treats. We pass by quaint Mom and Pop diners with the kids begging me to stop and purchase them a milkshake to beat the heat. I don’t mind stopping occasionally for a homemade milkshake in one of their specialty flavors but my wallet can’t afford the splurge often. I offer-sometimes- to make milkshakes at home, which is the economical decision, but I’ve been limited by the flavor choices. Plain Jane Vanilla and Chocolate are good, but I wanted something more adventurous.

When I received Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes: 100 Thick and Creamy Milkshakes You Can Make At Home by Adam Ried , I knew our days of boring milkshakes were over. Dividing into eight sections, the book begins with a brief history of the milkshake and explains what ingredients and equipment is needed to create a milkshake that will have people begging for more. Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes begins with Your Father’s Oldsmobile – basis shakes -and proceeds to advance from the unusual , like the Mocha Cardamom shake, to adult concoctions, like the Vanilla, Rum, and Salted Cashew shake or the Bananas Foster shake.

My family decided to participate in the Virtual Milkshake twitter Party tonight. (Check out the details here.) We were invited to choose a favorite shake from the book and prepare it for the party. I handed my son the book and asked him to decide what he would like to whip up for the party. Would it be the Mexican Chocolate Shake with Chipotle and almond? The Chocolate Pretzel Concrete? My mouth watered at the thought of his choice. After carefully searching through the pages, he returned and announced his choice- The Ballistic Vanilla Shake. I’m including the recipe for anyone who wants to try this one at home.

½ cup cold whole or lowfat milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla
8 (medium) scoops of French Vanilla Ice Cream

I mixed the ingredients together in my food processor until blended and came up with this dreamy shake. I was amazed at how good it tasted using only three ingredients. My son topped his with whipped cream and Reeses Pieces.  I do suggest serving the shake immediately because it begins to melt quickly.

The next time we create this shake I will add “Mix-in’s” to create variations.  M &M’s or Reeses Peanut Butter Pieces would make it into a one of the candy shakes available now, but any extra ingredients like fruit or syrups would be good.  Once I discovered how quick and easy these are to make, we’ll be making our treats at home in the future.   Top this shake with whipped cream and a cherry for a milkshake that will impress your guests.

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Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

eclairre June 25, 2012 at 4:39 am

Vanilla milkshakes!


amy beth marantino June 25, 2012 at 5:06 am

chocolate mint


Anonymous June 25, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Chocolate Milkshakes rkmarsh at aol dot com


Minta's Creations June 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm

stopping by to say “Hi”


LesleyfromWI June 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

My favorite is chocolate!


Maryann D. June 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I like vanilla
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aggie June 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

My favorite is Raspberry.


Miranda Ward June 25, 2012 at 10:40 pm
Anonymous June 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm

my favorite milkshake is vanilla


Diana Mears June 27, 2012 at 12:26 am

Cookies and cream


Selinda June 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

My favorite is Banana!


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Charles Malloy July 1, 2012 at 1:30 am

Chocolate always wins


FireRunner2379 July 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm



lilsnobelle July 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I love coffee milk shakes!


San8KidzForMe July 6, 2012 at 5:04 am

Chocolate is my favorite.

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Paul T / Pauline T July 6, 2012 at 8:30 pm

I like chocolate mint milkshake – Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com


Janice Crespo July 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Mix some vanilla ice cream with a little choc syrup and throw in a few strawberies and half a banana – banana split shake :)


Cris Henry July 11, 2012 at 3:07 am

Chocolate malt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


mindomatter76 July 11, 2012 at 4:30 am

My favorite is Cookies and Cream milkshakes!


Daniel M July 12, 2012 at 1:21 am

sounds interesting, like reading about the amish – regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com


Lisa July 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm



Nickolay July 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Banana Strawberry


Shelley P July 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Chocolate : )


Anonymous July 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I like banana milkshakes.


Andria July 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm

chocolate is my favorite


amymarie2777 July 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm



Tegan July 12, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Cookies and cream is my fave milkshake.


CAJUNMAN12 July 13, 2012 at 12:40 am

I like vanilla
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Valerie Taylor Mabrey July 13, 2012 at 1:21 am

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Gianna July 13, 2012 at 2:18 am



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