Let’s make this our red, white and blue.

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I vote yes. Hand raised.

So can we talk favorite milkshakes? Mine = hot fudge. Always has been. Always will be.

However, I also sort of like to eat my dessert instead of drink it. But there is always a time and a place for shake. Right?

Oh hi. I’m just one big walking contradiction today.

Roasted Cherry Bourbon Milkshakes with Hot Fudge I howsweeteats.com

You may remember me discussing my love for hot fudge milkshakes a few years ago. See, for thirty years my family has gone to the beach and rode bikes on the boardwalk every morning, then capped it off with a dairy queen trip. At like 11am. And a staple was always a hot fudge milkshake. If you haven’t had it, you must must must try. It is not just a chocolate milkshake.

It is le.git.

Worst thing ever: there is a DQ less than 60 seconds from my house.

Best thing ever too.

Roasted Cherry Bourbon Milkshakes with Hot Fudge I howsweeteats.com

AND… then last year, I made some chocolate cherry bourbon soda floats so it’s safe to say I cannot get enough of chocolate, cherry, bourbon and milkshakes. All in one.

Lately, my favorite fruit to roast has been cherries in the midst of my fruit roasting obsession. A few weeks ago I attempted to make some roasted cherry chocolate chip cookies and oh my gosh, what a freaking disaster. They will be #1 on my recipe disasters of 2013, sure of it. Not only were they probably the ugliest recipe I’ve ever made, but they also tasted horrendous.  

I was adamant on continuing to roast those dumb cherries though. I adore cherries, even in all of their sneaky glory. You know? You see a big, beautiful display at the grocery store piled high with bags of vibrant cherries… and on top screams a large sign “$4.99!!!!”

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Done. Bag in cart. Wheels are turning. Cherry everything is in my future.

Go to check out. Put cherries on the scale check-out thing. Cherries are $17. FACEPLANT.

Why must the whole “a pound” part of the sign have to be in fine print and why oh why do I never learn my lesson? Every summer. It happens. It’s like I just think that my grocery store has magically started selling giant bags of cherries for less than $5 when for 15 years they’ve cost an arm and a leg.

In addition, I also have many run-ins with cherry pits and my garbage disposal. Every year. Fail.

Pretty sure I also write about these same two things every single summer. I need a life.

Oh well! Milkshakes for everyone.

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Roasted Cherry Bourbon Milkshakes with Hot Fudge

Yield: makes 2 big shakes or 4 little ones


1 1/2 cups fresh cherries, pitted with stems removed
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
1 cup milk
1/4 cup bourbon

4 tablespoons hot fudge
whipped cream for serving
cacao nibs for garnish
a cherry on top!


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Toss cherries with olive oil and salt then place on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes, tossing once or twice in between. Let cool. (This can be done ahead of time!)

To make shakes, combine ice cream, milk, bourbon and cherries in a blender and puree until smooth. Drizzle hot fudge over the inside of each glass, then pour in milkshake. Top with whipped cream, cacao nibs and a cherry.

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67 Responses to “Roasted Cherry Bourbon Milkshakes with Hot Fudge.”

  1. #
    Nessa — July 4, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    A. M. A. Z. I. N. G.


  2. #
    Melissa | Cajun Sugar Pie — July 4, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    That’s the best Fourth of July recipe I’ve ever seen! YUM!


  3. #
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — July 4, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

    Forget about DQ — I’d slurp on this deliciousness in a heart-beat!!


  4. #
    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen — July 5, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Hmmmm Yum-O!!! These look amazing. I am all about a Hot Fudge Shake!


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    Ashley — July 8, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    I feel you on the sneaky pricing of cherries. I am always sucked in by the glorious looking cherries and the price per pound….only to have a faceplant/jawdrop moment at the register when I realize I just purchased $15 of cherries. They’d better be damn good (they usually are) and I’d better not waste a single one! Some of my latest haul with definitely find their way into this delicious milkshake!


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    pam — August 25, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Must try these! That is my DQ treat too. Most of the time I make mine a malt. Try that, I think you will like it. And thanks for the tip on the cherries. I’ve never noticed or looked. Just thought it was $4.99. Thanks!



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