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Patriotic Polka Dot Milkshake Recipe

 Whether you’re entertaining loads of guests for Independence Day or simply cooking out with your family, you can make your 4th of July shake extra fun and fancy by using this Polka Dot Milkshake recipe.

When the sun is beating down on your backyard during a particularly hot and sunny summer day, there’s nothing better than a cold and creamy vanilla milkshake. And luckily, these frosty desserts are easy enough to whip up with a blender and a couple of basic ingredients.

All it takes is a little food coloring, a few jumbo marshmallows, and some elegantly shaped glasses (clear, of course!) to turn these delicious drinks into festive red, white and blue conversation pieces. For a striking final touch, go ahead and add striped straws for contrast. Your guests will be wowed.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the recipe at other times of year too - you can serve these up at any summertime party, using different dyes to match your décor’s color scheme.

  • Clear glasses
  • 2 to 3 marshmallows per glass
  • Sharp knife
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Milk
  • Red and/or blue food coloring
  • Blender

Cut the marshmallows in half crosswise with the knife. Adhere the sticky side of a cut marshmallow to the inside of a glass. Repeat with 3 to 5 more marshmallow halves to make “polka dots” on the glass.

Prepare vanilla milkshakes. Simply blend 4 cups of vanilla ice cream with 2 cups of milk, adding more or less ice cream and milk to taste and thickness.

Add a drop or two of red food coloring or blue food coloring and blend. Add more food coloring as needed to achieve desired shade of red or blue. Gently pour into the glass with the marshmallows and serve immediately.


More Festive & Fun Patriotic Treats

Patriotic Cookies from Cheryl's

Red, White & Blue Popcorn from The Popcorn Factory

Flag Cake from Harry & David

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