Date Shakes with Candied Sesame Crunch Bars

I don’t have fond memories of my blender. I think the last time I used my blender was in college when attempting to make fresh watermelon margaritas. What a disaster.  Pink sticky watermelon juice was everywhere but in our glasses. A lesson was learned that day – stick to Food Lion canned margarita mix when your only goal is to mask the taste of cheap tequila.

Despite my terrifying memories, my dusty blender reappeared this weekend for a date with some medjool dates. The taste of date is very subtle but an interesting twist on the traditional milkshake. This is a great dessert for the summer – try it with the best local ice cream you can find.

Date Milkshakes, makes 2 

  • 5 dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 – 10 ice cubes
  • 1/2 pint good vanilla ice cream (I used Homeland Creamery from the Bestway)
  • sesame bar  or peanut brittle (from the SuperG), optional
Puree chopped dates with milk in the blender. Add ice and puree until smooth (don’t do this too long or the ice will melt). Add ice cream and blend. Serve!

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