Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter: A Winning Combo
I cannot tell a lie. I have a love affair with chocolate and peanut butter. Almost nothing can beat it, in my opinion. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to chocolate peanut butter recipes. To me, it's that good.
Another thing I love is a good milkshake. Nice and thick, it is usually my go-to treat when my family visits an ice cream shop. Nothing beats a well-made milkshake on a hot summer evening. Something about it just takes me back to being a kid.
Combine the flavors of chocolate and peanut butter with the creaminess of a milkshake, and you have yourself one of the best milkshakes you'll ever try. See for yourself when you make my delicious recipe. You'll also find some serving suggestions.
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- 6 generous scoops chocolate ice cream
- 1 cup milk
- 5 tablespoons peanut butter, use smooth peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, (optional)
- Garnish of whipped cream, (optional)
- Place the chocolate ice cream in a blender.
- Pour milk on top.
- Add the peanut butter and chocolate syrup. I don't recommend crunchy peanut butter because the nuts tend to get stuck in the straw.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream if desired.
What Do You Think About This Milkshake?
Substitutions and Variations
There are various ways to alter this recipe without losing that chocolate peanut butter flavor.
- To thicken, add more ice cream or a few ice cubes.
- Use skim milk and/or low-fat ice cream to lighten up the milkshake.
- Add more chocolate syrup to really amp up the chocolate flavor.
- Add more peanut butter to amp up the peanut butter flavor.
- Add one or two tablespoons of cooled coffee for a mocha flavor.
- Drizzle chocolate syrup on top to garnish.
- Finely chop up some peanuts to garnish.
- Sprinkle chocolate shavings or jimmies to garnish.
- Chop up some chocolate peanut butter cup candies and sprinkle on the top.
- If you can't eat peanut butter, try soy nut butter instead. It may not taste exactly the same, but it is a good substitution.
8 Fun Facts About Peanut Butter
- A 12-ounce jar of peanut butter contains about 550 peanuts.
- The #1 snack in the U.S. is peanuts.
- East coast residents in the U.S. prefer creamy peanut butter, while West coast residents prefer the crunchy variety.
- June 12 is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day.
- Peanuts grow in the ground, not in a tree.
- Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut.
- Some people like to put peanuts in cola.
- In the U.S., if it is called peanut butter, it must be made up of 90% peanuts.
History of Peanut Butter
There is evidence of peanut butter dating back to the Aztec civilization. Aztecs would pulverize roasted peanuts until a paste was formed. In more modern peanut history, it is commonly thought that George Washington Carver invented peanut butter, but this is not the case. He did demonstrate multiple uses for peanuts.
Instead, the following three people invented the process and machinery for making peanut butter as we know it today: Marcellus Gilmore Edson, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, and Dr. Ambrose Straub. The oldest peanut butter-producing company, Krema Products Company, is still operating today.
Today half of all peanuts grown get made into peanut butter, and by the time the average American child graduates high school, they will have eaten 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Source for history and trivia quiz: The Huffington Post
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© 2013 Claudia Porter