photo-4This is our shake machine.  For years folks told us to make shakes, and I thought; 'We already have a soft serve machine, who needs shakes?  Besides,  we'd have to change so much to the front of the shop to fit it in anywhere. '  Then, about a year ago the ice cream machine bit the dust.  Ice cream is that 'thing' that has always been a nice addition to the sweet mix, the cold dessert always on tap in the hot summer, and ready for a quick, icy pick-me-up in the afternoon.  There was a void.  A cold, cold void.  And again, we started dreaming of shakes. After doing all of the oh-so-fun mini business plan, return on investment, architectural scheme and contractors plans, we decided to do an overhaul and prepare for a new beginning; a shake menu.

I won't bore you with details of endless afternoons filled with chocolate, spice, and pint after pint of ice cream.  I won't tell you about the sugar high, the weight gain, and the peanut butter fudge shake that was so thick no one could get it through the straw.  I surely won't tell you about the cupcake shakes that are so shameful we had to taste them with the lights off.

I will tell you that our shake menu and recipe list is growing out of control.  And with the frozen insanity that is So Delicious, these shakes are richer than we ever could have dreamed.  With our liquor license approval and cocktail menu launch only days away (think boozy shakes, coffee drinks with a nip, and a Bloody Mary loaded with whiskey) we can't stop the shake.

Here is Ilana's latest crav-ention; apple pie ala mode shake, inspired by our very own recipe for Apple Pie.

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Apple Pie Ala Mode Shake

9 ounce vanilla ice cream (So Delicious Coconut or Soy Frozen Desserts)

4 ounces non-dairy milk (So Delicious Coconut Milk)

¼ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ cup organic apple sauce

Garnish with cinnamon or apple wedge

1.5 ounces Dark Rum (optional)

In a blender or shake-maker, add ingredients and blend until smooth.  Garnish with an apple slice or cinnamon stick, and enjoy immediately.