I love cereal, I love milkshakes. So when Carl's Jr. introduced their new Cap'n Crunch Milkshake, I was immediately putty in their hands. Or I should say I wanted to be putty. The trouble was twofold: 1) I don't much frequent Carl's Jr. and 2) I accidentally caught a glimpse of the nutritional information on one of those bad boys, and at 740 calories and 35 grams of fat I became paralyzed at the thought of downing the shake.
But then I got to thinking, how hard could it really be to make a Cap'n Crunch milkshake? I could even use lower fat ice cream or non-whole milk if I wanted. The ingredients were easily accessible! There'd be no way for me to calculate nutritional info! Guilt assuaged, I got me some original Cap'n Crunch and headed over to a friend's party, which just happened to be ice-cream-themed. It's like the planets aligned for this.
Let me just tell you: this shake was a perfect marriage of the cereal and the milkshake. No overly crunchy orbs floating lazily in a bland vanilla base--this one was Cap'n Crunch overload all the way through.
Want to make one yourself? You know you do.
Ingredients: Cap'n Crunch Milk Vanilla ice cream
1. Fill about half a pint glass up with the cereal and cover with milk. Stirring occasionally, let the Cap'n infuse the milk for a good 10-15 minutes, or until the milk turns yellowish (the color of delicious).
2. Add several scoops (this isn't rocket science) of ice cream to a blender.
3. Add one spoonful of soggy cereal to the blender; discard the rest.
4. Add just enough of the infused milk to make the milkshake blend well.
5. Towards the end of the blending cycle, throw in another handful of cereal. Blend.
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6. Pour into glasses and top off with additional Cap'n if you'd like to eat this with a spoon. Which I highly recommend.
Note: This recipe works will with Fruity Pebbles, too. And probably any dangerously sweet cereal featuring a cartoon mascot.
- Liz Kellermeyer