Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Smoothies! Because you can't eat straight ice cream all the time...

Hey all,

Today, we bring you, not news or announcement, but a couple fun smoothie ideas. Yeah, it's cold outside (probably), but you can still mix some of these up, sip slowly, and pretend it's already summer. Here you go!

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Strawberry Smoothie Ice Cream Soda

by Chef Jackie Shen

veganized by Wheeler's


1 pint (8 ounces) or 2 cups ripe strawberries, hulled and washed
2 cups ice cubes
4 ounces of simple syrup (see note)
1/2 cup thinly sliced strawberries
2 large scoops vegan Vanilla ice cream
2 large whole strawberries, for garnish


In a large capacity blender, put strawberries, ice cubes, simple syrup and blend until completely smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.

Divide smoothie between two 12-ounce soda glasses, layering sliced strawberries in the middle. Top with a big scoop of strawberry ice cream and serve with long spoons and a straw.


Simple syrup, unlike granulated sugar, dissolves instantly in liquid and can be made and stored, refrigerated, indefinitely. Mix 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water together in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil for 2 minutes. Cool and store, covered, refrigerated. Makes 1 cup.

... Also, an alcoholic smoothie for adult-type parties. This one was a staff favorite on smoothie experimentation day.

Amaretto Iced Smoothie

(serves 1)


1/2 oz amaretto
1/2 oz Kahlua
1 large scoop Wheeler's Black Label Espresso or Chocolate ice cream
6oz. espresso, chilled
Whipped "cream"
pinch of cocoa powder for garnish


Blend all ingredients in a blender (except whipped "cream"). Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. Top with whipped cream and dust top with cocoa powder.