A couple of weeks ago I posted on the Cookware board for advice on getting the best blender, 200 often intense and passionate posts later, I am the proud and happy owner of a Kitchenaid blender.
Now I'm ready to ask all the thick-shake loving chowhound chefs to share their favorite recipes.
Because my husband's efforts at weight loss gave rise to the low-cal thick-shake plan in the first place, I should warn you all shakes I'll be making will be sweetened with Splenda. BUT, please do not let that stop you from posting thick-shake recipes made with sugar or honey - I'll do the conversions myself. But if you have some recipes that are good and contain artificial sweetener I would be especially grateful.
Mainly, I'm thinking about making my own version of a Macdonald's thick shake - chocolate, vanilla, strawberry. And then my own ideas include - pumpkin, berries, mango, apple pie flavor - the sky's the limit!
Since this is the height of summer this post could not be more timely for helping you all cool down a bit. Of course here in San Francisco it's about 60 degrees and holding steady for the forseeable future. But then, we LOVE it that way.
Thanks so much for your help!
If you know of any thick-shake, smoothie, frozen fruity drinks COOKBOOKS - I would love to buy a few to get more recipes that way.
I'd also like your ideas/suggestions about ingredients. For example I know Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder is low end, but I had higher hopes for Ghirardelli, our local SF brand. But the shake I made last night using it had a rough, sharp, almost burny taste to the chocolate component. I've used Ghirardelli before for making brownies and cakes and it is great for baking applications. Do you know of any cocoa brands that taste more smooth and mellow in the raw state as in a thick-shake?
Also best brands that maybe are bargains or that I might not choose on my own. For example, I know TJ's frozen mango is to die for. Canned cherries are icky. Best brands for natural flavor extracts to pump up the taste. Unsweetened syrups. Catalogs or websites for finding such ingredients.
Hints like that...