Thursday, September 30, 2010

Oreo Milkshakes & Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Oh hello. I have a secret to share. I have a serious weakness for milkshakes. I think it comes from a childish fascination with drinking beverages out of fun, colourful straws. I will continue to gorge myself on a giant, super sweet milkshake, even when my stomach is sloshy and I feel completely ill from too much lactose. But the reason I made these AWESOME Oreo Milkshakes (yes, it has to be capitalised, they are that awesome) was because I wanted to use this effing amazing chocolate sauce recipe by David Lebovitz. It's so so so sooooooo good. It's chocolate awesomesauce.
I've never been a fan of the store-bought chocolate syrup you get in a squeezy bottle. There's something unnervingly artificial about the texture and flavour of it. This chocolate syrup is totally different. It has a deep, rich flavour of chocolate with a super silky texture. And since I had ice cream, Oreos and this syrup, it was time to make super mega awesome milkshakes.
I'm not the only one who loves milkshakes in my house. A loves them so much that he even got a milkshake maker from his family several years ago. It resulted in many sore stomachs after we made all kinds of crazy milkshakes. I grew up with Tupperware milkshakes, which made milkshake making even more fun (except when you didn't close the lid properly before shaking and then mess happens) and I wish I still had the Tupperware!
I know this isn't much of a recipe, but I had to share it with you because it tastes so good. And I went a little nuts with the photos. And I had to let you know about that chocolate sauce. It's so good. Im going to go home tonight and eat some straight out of the jar.
Oreo Milkshakes with Homemade Chocolate Syrup
(chocolate sauce recipe from David Lebovitz, milkshakes serve 2-3)
For the chocolate syrup:
1 cup (250 ml) water
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
1/2 cup (160 g) glucose (or light corn syrup, agave nectar)
3/4 cup (75 g) unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed)
2 oz (55 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used Lindt 70%)

For the Oreo Milkshakes:
6 Oreo Biscuits plus extra for topping (or use mini Oreos for topping)
1 1/4 cup milk (I used 2%)
Good quality vanilla ice cream

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the water, sugar, glucose and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once it's just begun to simmer and boil, remove from heat and stir in the chopped chocolate until melted. Let the sauce stand for a few hours before serving, which will give it time to thicken, or chill in the fridge.
Using the chilled sauce, swirl a good amount of the sauce around the sides of two milkshake glasses. Crush the 6 Oreos in a plastic bag, or using a food processor. Place crushed Oreos, milk and 2 scoops of ice cream (around 3/4 cups) in a blender or milkshake maker. Blend until combined and frothy. Pour milkshake into prepared glasses. Add another scoop of vanilla ice cream to each glass and top with mini Oreos or extra roughly crushed Oreos. Serve immediately.
Store the chocolate sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Rewarm before serving.
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  1. Oh hello indeed! I'm more of a thickshake lover than a milkshake fan but I think this looks pretty awesomesauce to me!

    1. That would be very easy to fix with more ice cream and less milk...

  2. niceeeee! oreos makes me happy and so do you :D

  3. awesomesauce! these look so sinful! love the straws ;)

  4. I love milkshakes and thickshakes...but only in small quantities =p And I love bendy straws (or loopy ones) even if they're not colourful, but all the better if they are!

    Have worked my way through 2 tubs of mini Oreos now. Meaning to use them to decorate cakes but, um, keep eating them instead!

  5. I am drooling with delight jst looking at this!! those straws are soooo cute!!

  6. YUM. This milkshake looks amazing. All those drippy photos of chocolate, yum yum

  7. Mmmm that does look like an awesome milkshake but I prefer thickshakes.. Thanks for sharing this awesome choc sauce with recipe, I think I need to crank up that milkshake maker of mine..

  8. Chocolate syrup straight out of the jar, especially homemade, sounds absolutely lovely! Man I love oreos. I so want these.

  9. This looks so so good. I must note that chocolate sauce down to try later on.

  10. cute straws! this looks so sinfully good... love oreo flavoured everything!! :D

  11. I've been waiting for this post! I loooove milkshakes and now that the weather is getting warmer it gives me a good excuse to make this along with that amazing chocolate sauce! I love that cute plate btw with the animals and the umbrella

  12. Yay for the straws!! This is indeed awesomesauce :D

  13. oh my god! i love milkshakes and oreo... i see a perfect marriage here!

  14. Orea milkshake, mmm I can imagine how good that would taste. This post has reminded me I haven't had a milkshake for YEARS!!!

  15. Finally, a chocolate sauce I can live with! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, can't wait to try it.

  16. Awesomesauce!love it and I love this post and I love oreos and I loved tupperware milkshakes, my mum still uses it. The baby oreos on top are such a cute touch.

  17. Oh yum! Love the presentation too. I must get me some stripy straws. I've still got a couple of those Tupperware shakey things but never use them except occasionally to measure out liquids. They are being wasted on me!

    The awesomeness of this milkshake makes me sad though, I must admit. I love milkshakes too but my belly disagrees :(

  18. Ohh myyyy gawwddd.. gimme gimme gimme!

  19. steph u are just too awesome. the mini oreos look so cute in the cup XD

  20. oh Steph, this looks AMAZING, Awesomesauce indeed! I haven't had a thick shake or milk shake in over three years now, I am dying to have one. LOL I remember tupperware milkshakes, such a mess to clean up afterwards, especially when it spills everywhere.

  21. is Sydney warm yet? Melbourne is still stuck in winter. Ugh. i'm waiting for a few days to make this. it looks delicious!

  22. Yum! I do the same thing with milkshakes, so if I had a milkshake maker I might weigh about 200 lbs. Glorious recipe though!

  23. I must agree with you that I was put off by the think milkshakes in Sydney. I love thickshake and it's ain't milkshake when it's not thick. Love the flavour. I feel like making a glass now!

  24. nothing does it like oreos and milkshakes! you rock!

  25. where can i get those straws??

  26. Anonymous - I bought mine from Emerald + Ella ( but I've seen them all over etsy. Just search for striped paper straws :)

  27. I am an enormous milkshake lover! Oreo shakes are actually my secret favourite! These look amazzzzzing! Thanks for sharing, but you've made me crave one desperately now!

  28. Helen (Grab Your Fork) - Same here though the milkshakes I make at home are more like the US ones which are pretty much thickshakes!

    chocolatesuze - Hehehe right back at ya :D

    Lisa - Hehehe thank you for getting me the straws ;)

    mademoiselle délicieuse - Same here, too much and my lactose intolerance kicks in :( Love bendy straws too!! Haha I ate so many mini oreos while making these

    the dainty baker - Aww thanks! :) I love the straws

    Mary @ stylefyles - Hehe thanks! Gotta love a smooth choc sauce ;)

    Phuoc'n Delicious - Same here but I always forget that milkshakes in Aus are so runny! These ones are basically thickshakes

    Joanne - Homemade chocolate syrup is soooo much better than storebought! I used it for hot chocolates, ice cream sauce and these milkshakes. It was awesome!

    Celeste @ Berrytravels - Hope you like it!

    Betty @ The Hungry Girl - Thank you! Oreos ftw :)

    Jacq - Heehee! I love milkshakes too! Hehe thanks the plate was 5 bucks from Urban Outfitters!

    Karen @ Citrus and Candy - Yay for awesome sauce! :D

    Adriana - Me too!! Thanks!

    delicieux - It tasted great! OMG go have a milkshake!!

    YaYa - :D It's a great sauce! You're very welcome!

    Butter Hearts Sugar - Squeee!! yay another tupperware milkshake lover! :) thanks!!!

    Conor @ Hold the Beef - Aww thanks! Yes, get the stripy straws they are so awesome! I'm with you on the belly disagreement :( I suffered after drinking lots of this!

    Ladybird - Hhahaha! :)

    sugarpuffi - Aww thanks! I love mini oreos!

    linda - heheh thanks so much! Go have a milkshake linda, that's an order!

    LimeCake - It was warm for a bit and now it's cool again!

    Elizabeth - Hahaha thanks! Trust me a milkshake maker is one of those things that ends up gathering dust in the cupboard most of the time!

    Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - Yeah thin milkshakes make me sad. Totally agree!

    phonakins - Hahaha! Sorry?

    cookies and cups - :D Thanks!

    hannah {thepastrykook} - Thanks so much! <3

    Cupcake Crazy Gem - :D yay! Thank you!

  29. oh my ...there goes my resolve to be good today !

  30. PS where in Sydney 'west' can I buy light corn syrup or agave nectar ...what is agave nectar ?
    and Dutch-processed Cocoa powder

  31. Trish - It's hard to find light corn syrup in regular stores in sydney. your best bet is to use glucose syrup which is readily available from the baking section of the supermarket. I've seen agave on sale in the 'health' section of Coles before


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