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.

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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.

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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

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Ingredients

  • 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!

Instructions 

  • 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.

Nutrition

Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Potassium: 0mg, Vitamin A: 0IU, Vitamin C: 0mg, Calcium: 0mg, Iron: 0mg
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