I've always loved a good milk shake, and so do all of my boys. We've traditionally used a blender for these icy treats, but I've got a new appliance on my counter this summer. The Hamilton Beach DrinkMaster Classic Chrome combines gorgeous retro styling with super easy drink preparation. Isn't it pretty?
The DrinkMaster is quite a simple appliance, with a tilting head, a mixing spindle that pops easily in and out, and two speeds. The 28 oz stainless steel mixing cup rests in special supports on the machine for safe and easy mixing. You may need to hold the cup and spin it manually for thicker drink mixes though.
You can use this for mixing milk shakes, protein drinks, and more. We've been focused on the milkshakes though, which have been great with our recent hot summer weather. What I especially like is how much easier the clean-up is with the DrinkMaster than with our usual blender method. Cleaning in around the blender blades can be a pain, but this spindle needs little more than a rinse.
This was a first shake I made. 4 scoops vanilla ice cream, 1/2 cup of milk, a good squirt of chocolate sauce, and a handful of frozen cherries (defrosted). We topped it with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, and there was enough for three glasses. The cherries weren't completely incorporated, but their flavour came through and the pieces easily came through the straws.
A recipe booklet is included, so you can follow those or just throw in the ingredients that most appeal to you.
Here's one I made specially for me :)
Momma's Icy MochaCombine:
2 scoops chocolate ice cream
1/4 cup cold coffee
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 oz Kahlua
Mix at high speed in the HB DrinkMaster until smooth.
Pour into a large glass and top with Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream.
Honestly, I'm a little worried about my waistline now that this is on my counter. It is super easy and quick to whip up these frozen drinks, and Boo keeps asking for them too. I see a yummy summer ahead!
The HB DrinkMaster Classic Chrome is available at Home Outfitters, MSRP $67.99.