A fruity, sweet, and oh so fun, Candy Corn shake! Perfect for celebrating the season and family fun!
I LOVE, luv, lurve Halloween! I flip-flop between Halloween and Christmas being my favorite time of year, but truth be told, it is probably Halloween. At least for now.
One of our favorite Halloween traditions is our 30 day count down to Halloween. I started it a few years ago, and shared it here on the blog. Basically, how it works is we have 30 Halloween themed books. Each day we read one together, and do a coordinating activity. Usually a food themed activity.
One of the books we read is called Count Candy Corn. It is about a kid who loves to count, and hates Halloween because it is scary. He discovers candy corns, and this story of Count Candy Corn Bat who steals the candy corns. Then he has to show bravery, etc. Basically it is super cute, and my kids love it. They always ask if we can read it more than once.
Anyway, making these fun candy corn layered shakes was the activity we chose to do to compliment the book. The shake has three layers, a tasty vanilla strawberry banana layer (white), then you add in some pineapple (yellow), then SunnyD (orange), and so as you make the shake you get additional flavors, and fun colors. We love SunnyD, and frequently pick it up when we are shopping at Walmart. It is great by itself, in lunchboxes, with dinner, etc. It is so fun to use it in this shake. It makes it taste almost like an Orange Creamsicle. Uh….yum!
And it is perfect because to make these shakes you need Fruit2O and SunnyD, which are both eligible products in the Book Spree Program, so not only is it fun and tasty, but helps schools get books. And we love that!
What is The Book Spree Program? It is a program that facilitates books getting to the classroom. Basically, you buy an eligible SunnyD product, and parents clip and collect the UPC labels. Then they send the UPC labels with their kids to school and give them to a participating teacher in grades K-7th. The teacher will collect all the UPC’s then fill out and entry form and mail both to SunnyD. SunnyD then sends books to participating classrooms. There is a limit of 20 books per class. And this program only goes until 11/30/2015, so hurry, don’t delay! Have a fun Halloween shake, and help a class. This is the 9th year SunnyD has run this promotion, and it rocks! Even home educators are eligible to take advantage of this program.
Now let’s get back to this shake…it is layered. That means you need a couple of things to make it work, you need to make it in the right order, and you need to adjust thickness to get it to work in the cup.
Start with the white layer, then do the yellow, then the orange. Start with your blender full, then pour each layer out into a holding container/glass until you are ready to assemble. Then when putting it in your cups, you want to make sure the thickest layer is on the bottom. I have also found it helps to spoon in the layers, rather than pour, that way they sit on top of each other better.
The tricky things with shakes is just because the proportions of liquid to ice cream worked for me, it might not be the same for you. You might use a different brand of ice cream, or live in a hotter climate, or something else that messes with the consistency. So use this as a guide, but adjust, adding more ice cream or frozen fruit in order to make it thicker, or more SunnyD or Fruit2O to make it thinner.
Then enjoy this tasty goodness! And the exclamations of astonishment from your children and friends when you serve a layered milkshake!
15 minPrep Time
15 minTotal Time
- 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup Strawberry Fruit2O
- 2/3 of the White layer
- 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
- 3-5 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
- 1/2 the Yellow Layer
- 3/4 cup SunnyD
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 3 drops red food coloring
- 3 drops yellow food coloring
- Add the "White Layer" Ingredients to a high powered blender, and blend until smooth.
- Pour 1/3 off into a holding container or large glass.
- Add in the "Yellow Layer" Ingredients. I used some food coloring because my pineapple was really pale, but you may be able to achieve the right color with the fruit, so adjust as needed. Blend until smooth.
- Pour half of the yellow layer into a separate holding container from the white layer.
- Add in the "Orange Layer" ingredients, again, the color may vary with the fruit, so add food coloring as you see fit to achieve desired color.
- Blend until smooth.
- Layer the 3 shakes into cups by spooning them in, starting with whatever your thickest shake is first.
- Garnish with candy corn, whipped cream, fresh fruit, etc. or leave as is.
Don’t forget: Just collect SunnyD labels and send to your child’s teacher. Teachers will then send the labels into SunnyD to get free books. For every 20 labels received, SunnyD will donate 20 free books. (expires on 11/30/15 or while supplies last)