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Milkshake madness

2nd August 2011

Milkshakes are one of my very favourite things, although it’s hard to find something truly out of the ordinary (and I don’t mean a spoonful of malt & squirty cream on top) here in Perth – if I’m wrong, please get in touch and / or email me a free sample. My favourite? Usually caramel, not TOO thick and ideally made with flavoured ice-cream. The drumstick milkshake in the picture above (vanilla ice cream, peanuts and hot fudge blended with a crushed sugar cone) looks right up my street.

One milkshake that sticks in my mind (and probably sticks in the throat) is the “Mother Futcher” shake from the Tradewinds Cafe of Maine (now Hoss and Mary’s), which was featured on an episode of the mighty Man v Food as part of the Manimal Challenge (two loaded hot dogs, an eight patty hamburger, fries, a soda and a shake to be consumed in under 20 minutes).  This shake is made with three scoops of butter pecan ice cream, milk, and a slab of Grandmother Futcher’s coffee cake. I actually thought about trying to make something similar for this blog (there is a recipe here for a crumb cake shake inspired by the original) but there’s only so far I’m willing to go. More to the point, I don’t have any cake handy.

So what other treats are out there in the world of milkshakes? I spotted this slideshow at the Huffington Post recently, and here’s a few from their lineup that intrigue me.

The Sweet Potato Cashew Bourbon milkshake from B&O American Brasserie in Baltimore blends sweet potato ice cream with candied cashews and bourbon. Get the recipe here if you feel like trying that one.

The chocolate avocado shake. Not sure about that. Get the recipe here, but please try to avoid the “liquid guacamole” stage.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more bizarre (or potentially delicious), there’s the pie shake from San Francisco restaurant Chile Pies (and ice cream). Yes, they mix pies with ice cream. For ten minutes. Check out the gory details here – the one in the photo was lemon-buttermilk pie mixed with vanilla-cookie ice cream.

So does anyone have a suggestion for where I can get a REALLY good shake? And what’s your favourite out-there blended concoction?

Morse was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, fast food, milkshakes, anything spicy and orange flavoured chocolate. His photographic weapon of choice is a Fujifilm X100S. He is a gastric sleeve survivor, and a cat & Dalek person.

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