I wish I were one of those runners who bounds effortlessly up and down in place at red lights, determined to keep their heart rate up. Instead, I’m the girl at Green Lake clutching somewhat hysterically at the water fountain mid-way through my tortuous run.
So why do I put myself through this several times a week? Well…for one, even if I’m struggling, a little part of me enjoys pushing through while listening to the Covert Affairs theme song and feeling kinda fierce.
Secondly, and more importantly…I run so I can have glorious things like this Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake in my life.
I made these for the first time last April, and was completely smitten. I tried Marshmallow Milkshakes at a couple of other locations over the summer, but it just wasn’t the same. They had a sort of plastic/artificial flavor. I’m convinced it’s the toasting that makes all the difference – it causes the marshmallows to combine with the ice cream in a beautifully smooth way, and there’s a tiny hint of smokiness that adds another level to the milkshake.
Just so you know, these milkshakes are REALLY sweet. You may feel the need to go lie on the floor for a little while after having one. But I say – embrace it! You can always go for a run in the morning!
Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake
Recipe courtesy of Joy the Baker
Makes two small or one large milkshake (about 2 1/2 cups)
8-10 large marshmallows
3 large scoops vanilla ice cream or a heaping 1-cup of vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place marshmallows on a skewer and toast until slightly charred over a gas flame. If you don’t have skewers or a gas range, you can toast the marshmallows on a sheet tray in the broiler for 2 or 3 minutes. Keep an eye on the marshmallows as they’re in the oven. They’re liable to burst into marshmallow flames pretty quick. Place on a plate to cool slightly.
In a blender mix together ice cream, milk, vanilla extract and toasted marshmallows. Save one or two toasted marshmallows to top the milkshake(s). Blend well. For a thinner milkshake add more milk. If you’d like it a bit thicker, add more ice cream. Pour into glasses and top with toasted marshmallows.