Even a poorly executed milkshake still is probably pretty good. But to elevate the classic cool treat to a higher level of indulgence, tips from a milkshake master can help.
For that, we turn to Spike Mendelsohn, veteran of two seasons of Bravo’s “Top Chef” and creator of Washington’s Good Stuff Eatery, which is famous for its milkshakes – including a toasted marshmallow variety.
To help usher in summer, Mendelsohn created a shake for The Associated Press. Inspired by s’mores, that classic campfire treat of toasted marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate, Mendelsohn picked flavors he hoped would appeal to people all across the country.
“It’s a shake that everyone can relate to,” he said during a shake-making session at his new Good Stuff location in Crystal City, Va. “S’mores are something everyone had growing up. It’s the kind of shake that puts a smile on people’s faces.”
Besides the famous toasted marshmallow shake, diners at Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery can choose from an imaginative variety: Vietnamese coffee, Milky Way malt ball, salty caramel kiss, and of course, the AP s’mores shake. But the chef’s favorite?
“I still just like chocolate shakes actually,” he said.
Spike Mendelsohn’s S’Mores Milkshake
Start to finish: 30 minutes
16-ounce bag jumbo marshmallows
2 cups whole milk
2 cups chocolate ice cream (get the highest butterfat content possible)
1 tablespoon sour cream
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1/2 cup crushed graham crackers
Heat the oven to broil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Reserve 4 marshmallows for garnish. Spread the remaining marshmallows on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
Place the sheet pan under the broiler and cook, stirring once or twice, until completely charred, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
Repeat with the remaining 4 marshmallows, but cook until just slightly golden, about 1 minute. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
In a blender, combine the milk, ice cream, sour cream and burnt marshmallows. Blend for 5 minutes.
Pour the chocolate syrup into a shallow bowl. One at a time, overturn four 8-ounce glasses and dunk in the syrup to coat the rims. Pour the milkshake mixture into the glasses and garnish each with one of the reserved toasted marshmallows and the crumbled graham crackers.
Nutrition information per serving (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 650 calories; 110 calories from fat (17 percent of total calories); 13 g fat (7 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 35 mg cholesterol; 130 g carbohydrate; 9 g protein; 1 g fiber; 230 mg sodium.