Posts Tagged ‘ice cream’

Chocolate Milkshakes

Friday, April 25th, 2008

We’ve all got to indulge sometimes. What better way to indulge than a thick creamy chocolate milkshake?

I’ve found a way to cancel out the being bad part of a milkshake with a being good part. At least I like to pretend. It’s sort of similar to eating a really healthy vegetable and then smothering it with cheese or butter, but backwards.

The being good part involves wheat germ, so let’s talk about it.

Wheat germ is a very small part of the wheat kernel. Don’t be alarmed by the term germ. It has nothing to do with bacteria, it simply refers to germination. The germ is the reproductive part that germinates and forms the wheat grass.

The amount of nutrients that are contained in wheat germ seem endless. Wheat germ is very high in protein. It has riboflavin, calcium, zinc, magnesium and vitamins A, B1 and 3. Vitamins B1 and 3 are very important to maintain energy levels and maintain healthy muscles, organs, hair and skin. Another important vitamin found in wheat germ is vitamin E. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant. Vitamin E also helps prevent blood clots and is needed to strengthen the body’s immune system. Wheat germ contains 23 nutrients in all.

Oh, and wheat germ tastes really good too. It makes an awesome topping for ice cream, yogurt or milkshakes.

Here’s my version of a chocolate milkshake, Frosty-style, with a little extra on top…

  • Awesome Chocolate Milkshake (Frosty-style)
    • 1 C vanilla ice cream
    • 1/2 C milk
    • 2 Tbsp. Nesquik Powder
    • 2 Tbsp whipped cream
    • 2 tsp. wheat germ
    • Put ice cream in blender.
    • Top with Nesquik.
    • Pour milk in and blend well.
    • Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and sprinkle with wheat germ.

Enjoy!

Review: Duncan Hines Oven Ready Homestyle Chocolate Chip Brownies

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

You may have seen my review of the Duncan Hines Oven Ready Homestyle Chocolate Fudge Brownies. If you have, you’ll know I had another box of brownies to bake…a box of Duncan Hines Oven Ready Homestyle Chocolate Chip Brownies. Even after the last experience, I still had high hopes for this flavor.

Out of the two boxes, this one looked more appealing to begin with. The box says premium golden brownie batter, so I’m not sure how it qualifies as an actual “brownie”, but either way the box picture had a look of soft, chewy gooodness to it. I love a good pan of soft baked chocolate cookies (when someone else makes it), so Duncan Hines no-prep method hit the spot. Brownie or no brownie, here we go…

That is how it looks right out of the box. And here’s how it looks after baking…

Looks a little fluffier than I’d expect a brownie to be, but I’m liking it so far. Cutting into it, I can feel that it is indeed not very dense. When fully cooked, the middle of the brownies stayed moist and chewy which was a pleasant surprise. Sure all the chocolate chips were not apparent from the top side as the box picture suggests, but the inside was full of chocolate chip gooey goodness. That gooey goodness in the center created a bit of a problem when removing from the pan. It seemed to separate, not letting me keep the top and bottom connected. You can sort of see that separation in the center from this picture…

Besides having trouble staying in one piece, Duncan Hines Oven Ready Homestyle Chocolate Chip Brownies are tasty and sweet. If you need a sweet fix and like soft chocolate chip cookies, these will not disappoint. I liked them a lot.

Personally, I don’t like desserts with ice cream on top, but that didn’t stop me from noticing a neat looking recipe on the back of the box for a Chocolate Chip Sundae. Sounds fancy, eh? But its really simple to re-create. Top the brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and then top that with hot fudge topping. (err cold Hershey’s Syrup)

My re-creation of the Duncan Hines Chocolate Chip Sundae…

Duncan Hines Oven Ready Homestyle Chocolate Chip Brownies were almost disturbingly sweeter and more chocolatey than their evil counterpart, but they were pretty dang good for something out of a box.



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