Serious Chocolate Shake

I love milkshakes, and when my husband got wind of the news that I was going to be sent a copy of Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Reid, he was elated. He often talks of his fondness for Awful-Awful where he fell in love with “the best milkshakes ever”, when visiting Newport, Rhode Island. A few years ago we took the kids there, and of course tried the tasty treat for ourselves. They were great!

Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes is an entire book about milkshakes, and is the perfect guide for getting creative in the kitchen. Author and ice cream enthusiast Adam Ried takes you from the classics to gourmet twists in just a few easy steps, and you can begin blending with abandon!

The book is divided into sections from Basic Shakes, Vanilla, Chocolate, Teas & Coffees, Fruity, Unconventional, and Afar, with an International flair. Adam Ried also shares information on ice-cream scoops, blenders and trivia.

Join @fromagechick at #GreatShakes Tonight on Twitter at 7pm Central

Today, Monday June 25th, 30A EATS is taking part in The Great Shakes 2012 to promote the book! There is a   Twitter party at 8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central where you can get involved too, but please remember 30A EATS is @fromagechick on Twitter, and to follow the hashtag #GreatShakes! The publisher, author, and other bloggers participating will be on hand!

I chose to make the Serious Chocolate Shake, which Adam describes as the S**##! He explains ” There is nothing timid about the flavor here-it is chocolate down to its very last corpuscle, just the way I like it!”

 Serious Chocolate Shake

Makes 3 1/2 cups


  • 1/2 cup cold whole or lowfat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 medium scoops good chocolate ice cream, softened till just melty at the edges
  • 4 medium scoops chocolate sorbet, softened till just melty at the edges
  • Place all ingredients in a blender, and pulse several times.
  • With the blender off mash the ice cream mixture down into the blades with a flexible spatula.
  • Continue pulsing, stopping, and mashing till mixture is well blended and can be removed easily from the blender 30-90 seconds.
  • Remove and serve immediately in chilled glasses.
Extra Rich Variation:

Substitute cold half & half or heavy cream for the milk.

Malted Variation:

Add 2 Tablespoons of malted powder to the blender with the vanilla and milk before adding the ice cream and sorbet.

This is a Serious Chocolate Shake!

30A EATS will also be giving a copy of Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried away, so leave a comment below, and tell me  what your favorite shake is to enter!
For extra entries, subscribe to 30A EATS website, like 30AEATS on Facebook, and follow 30A EATS @fromagechick on Twitter!

Contest begins today June 25th, and will end Sunday July 1st, 2012 at midnight Central time. Winner will be chosen by, and has 48 hours to claim the prize before another winner is chosen. The cookbook will be sent directly from the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., Good Luck!

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