Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake

I had to take Kenna to the doctor this past week and Klara went along for moral support. She had to get her stitches taken out (in case you missed my newsletter last week, she fell and cut her chin pretty badly and had to get five stitches–yuck!).

On the way home, I saw Chick-fil-A up the road. It’s been ages since I took the kids out, so I decided at the last minute to pull in and get them both a milkshake. I figured a milkshake is the least I could do for getting five stitches taken out and not even complaining one time!

They were elated when I pulled in! Kenna ordered a vanilla milkshake and Klara ordered their holiday special–a peppermint chocolate chip milkshake. On the way home, Klara said, “Mama, would you like a sip?” Well, I wasn’t about to hurt her feelings and refuse the offer, so I grabbed the cup and took a sip.


if I didn’t limit dairy in my diet, I would be sucking one down every single day! That thing was so, dang delicious that I’m thinking they must put something in there to make it addictive. Wow! It was gooooood. I decided right there I was going to make one at home.

And I did!


4 scoops of vanilla ice cream (I use rice-based ice cream)
1/2 cup vanilla milk (I used almond milk)
2-3 drops peppermint extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
a palm-ful of peppermint candies (unwrap them first. I used the sugary, melty kinds; but you an probably use the hard, sucky kinds too.)

Mix all the ingredients in a blender until it’s smooth and creamy. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

By the way, here are a couple ideas that I have NOT tried out, but am planning on:

* Replace chocolate chips with a few chocolate mint oreos.
* Add chocolate syrup and/or cherry juice.

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