NORTHWOODS COOKS: Cool off with crazy good milkshakes

Nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than a cool, creamy milkshake.

Strawberry milkshake or smoothie and fresh raw berries
A strawberry milkshake topped with whipped cream is a refreshing way to cool off on a hot summer day.
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These recipes are from a selection of 27 varieties on the page “Crazy Good Milkshakes” at

Yummy Strawberry Shake

4 cups strawberries, hulled

2 cups ice cubes

2 cups milk


4 cups strawberry ice cream

2 teaspoons white sugar

In a blender combine strawberries, ice, milk, ice cream and sugar. Blend until smooth.

Oreo Milkshake

3 scoops vanilla ice cream

3/4 cup milk

6 chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreo®)

Blend ice cream, milk and chocolate sandwich cookies together in a blender until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses and garnish with whipped cream and an additional chocolate sandwich cookie.


Cafe Latte Milkshake

1-1/2 cups cold coffee

2 scoops vanilla ice cream

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

In a blender, combine cold coffee, ice cream and chocolate syrup. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Georgia Shake

1/2 cup milk

1 chocolate covered peanut butter cup, crumbled


3/4 cup chocolate ice cream

In a blender, combine milk, peanut butter cup and ice cream. Blend until smooth. If desired, garnish the drink with another crumbled peanut butter cup.

Orange Cream Milkshake

1/2 cup milk

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

In a blender combine milk, ice cream and orange juice concentrate. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses, garnish with an orange slice and serve.

Perfect Peanut Butter Milkshake

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Place ice cream, milk, and peanut butter in a blender and blend until smooth, about 45 seconds.

Chocolate Mint Milkshake

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup chocolate syrup

1 drop peppermint extract

In a blender, combine ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup and peppermint extract. Blend until smooth.

Readers are invited to submit their favorite recipes to enjoy, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to

Readers are invited to submit their favorite recipes to enjoy, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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