There need to be more milkshakes at parties. Seriously. They are so easy to make, and with the proliferation of single serve blenders, you can easily have kids (or adults!) each take a blender glass and fill it up with the toppings of their choice and make their own individual milkshake with the ingredients of their choice. Plus, they are so much easier than cake – which is hard to hold while you walk around the room or accommodate when you’re doing extra activities like coloring or playing a board game. Cupcakes get smeared all over your face when you take a bite, and start crumbling or getting messy after two bites. I love them, don’t get me wrong, but I really love serving milkshakes at parties for those reasons. For this oneI did something a little bit different – a sour candy milkshake bar – but its just as easy. Basically, you make one giant milkshake in a regular size blender, pour into individual glasses and then put out a bar of toppings to customize. That simple! This is a great option for parties, negates the potential for melting ice cream like you might have with sundae bars, and is also fantastic for slumber parties.
I chose to do sour candy because, if I had to rank something after peanut butter and chocolate, it would be sour candy. Vanilla milkshakes with nerds are my second favorite kind of milkshakes. Actually, they are probably tied for first because sour candy is in a league of its own…(Side note: I love that movie. Make plans to watch a League of Their Own and drink a nerd milkshake.) Plus sour candy comes in fun shapes like sharks and worms, and bright neon colors that just make these incredibly fun.
So… how to make a sour candy milkshake you ask?
SOUR CANDY MILKSHAKES
You will need:
- 6 cups vanilla ice cream (I use the Homemade
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup nerds
- 1 packet blue raspberry lemonade Koolaid
- 1 jar of vanilla frosting (or homemade buttercream frosting!)
PREP YOUR SOUR CANDY MILKSHAKE BAR:
Take all the varieties of sour candy – go crazy! I put out Nerds, sour worms, sour sharks, sour watermelons,Sour Patch Kids and SweeTarts. But after I got to making them I lamented the lack of gobstoppers and lemon drops. There are a lot of options – so pick your favorites. Put them into little dishes to make it easier on little hands.
SOUR CANDY MILKSHAKES
Prep your glasses. I used small mason jars, but any small glass will do. Take the frosting and frost the rim of each glass. This gives more surface to stick candies to, and also a place to create little “scenes” with your Sour Patch Kids. I’m not saying I did that or anything….
Pour all of the ingredients in a blender and put on a medium level until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined. You can still do this with a stick blender, my old trusty stand-by, but the larger the amount you make, the more sense a regular blender makes.
Pour individual servings into your prepped glasses. Hand out to your guests, adult or pint sized, and let them go crazy topping their milkshakes. Add in a few colorful straws and you’re set!
Now your guests can dig in to candy and yummy frozen goodness.