Friday, July 13, 2012

Smoothies You'd Swear Were Milkshakes! Berry And Chocolate!

When I come across something exceptional
I don't feel right unless I let the world know.

So this is my good Samaritan act for the week:
Two recipes for summer drinks you will swear were from a cool, hip, big city bistro.
One that you have to wear sunglasses to drink, 
because you'd just feel out of place if you didn't.
You know the place.

We usually make our berry smoothie with yogurt but we were out, 
so this recipe from was a new one for us.  
We really liked it!  
It has more of a milkshake taste which in our humble opinion is always a good thing.

We also live near a coffee shop which serves THE BEST Frozen Hot Chocolate.  
The girl's are always hoping to get one, especially now that it's summer.  
But I don't happen to have hundreds of dollars a month 
to spend on specialty summer drinks.
So the answer is usually no.  
I'm a mean mom I know.

So Youngest decided, after her great succes with the Berry Smoothie, 
to find a frozen hot chocolate recipe.  
And she did.
Middlest wasn't buying it though. 
It looked waaay too simple and wouldn't taste anything like the one 
she yearned for just a hop skip and a jump away.

I'm happy to say Youngest proved her wrong.
The recipe below from was probably better than any cold chocolate drink we've every had.
So the next time you're out grocery shopping,
stock up on bagged ice my friends,
because once you try these two milkshakes smoothies,
you will be running out before you know it.

Happy Summer Slurping!

PS I'm always happy to come and taste test these if you ever need a second opinion : )

Berry Smoothie

1 cup milk
1 cup frozen berries (we used a mango berry mix)
3 Tbsp sugar (we used honey cuz we were too lazy to get the sugar out of the trailer)
1 cup ice cubes

Place the milk, berries and sugar in a blender; cover and process until smooth.
Add ice cubes, cover and process until smooth.

Chill Out Frozen Hot Chocolate

6 oz (3/4 cup) milk
1/2 cup hot cocoa mix (we used Rolo Carnation)
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
whipped cream (optional)
additional hot cocoa mix (optional)

Pour the milk into the blender, add cocoa mix, add ice cubes, blend thoroughly until mixture is finely crushed and slushy.  If you have a smallish blender, use smaller crushed ice for better results.

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  1. I do love a good smoothie!


  2. Must try since we are in the midst of a heat wave again... or is that just yet? Ha ha! I'm not sure any longer but that's okay! Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  3. These sound delicious and best of all, easy.

  4. Yum! Smoothies always feel so darned refreshing.

  5. I do really love shakes! As a matter of fact, I usually used fruits in my cakes...Like this recipe, I will probably make this. Why don't you try glancing at GOURMANDIA and GOURMETRECIPE, they have lots of exciting and interesting recipes for you to choose from. Not only that, they have lots of recipe videos for you to watch while you are cooking in your kitchen.

  6. These both sound wonderful! I pinned them.

  7. I am trying the frozen hot chocolate tomorrow.....oh yes I will be!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I am going to try these. I wonder if I can sub Splenda for the sugar? I'm gonna give it a shot. Sounds yummy, and I LOVE that photo!


  9. Thank you....I mean much! Yum!

  10. Berries and chocolate: SO PERFECT.

    I put berries on to of my chocolate yogurt: it's what pulls me through to get out of bed each morning.

  11. we have made smoothies every day this summer!!
    these are next for sure!!!;)
    thanks so much for the recipe
    have a happy day dana

  12. hi dana,
    popping back in to say we tried them and they rocked!!:)
    have a happy day


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