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These unicorn milkshakes are pure MAGIC! A rich, thick strawberry milkshake is topped with a rainbow of different sprinkles and candies to make a delicious drink fit for a unicorn. Plus, learn how to make this cool polka dot glass effect!
This post is sponsored by International Delight. This year I’m pleased to partner with them to bring you a series of dessert recipes featuring their products.
YOU GUYS! I know Starbucks came close to ruining the unicorn trend for all of us (I’m looking at you, weird sour powder on top of a mango drink…) but I need you to put that aside and stick with it for a little while longer. Because I haven’t made one single unicorn dessert yet, and I have a serious case of FOMO, and I want you—no, I NEED you—to experience these super adorable Unicorn Milkshakes with me.
First of all, unicorn desserts are about the SugarHero-iest thing I can imagine. Whenever I think about new recipes, I ask myself, does it involve over-the-top decorations and bright colors and have the potential to look like a rainbow exploded all over the place? Yes? Then I am SO ON BOARD.
Secondly, I found these super cute unicorn straws, and if that wasn’t kismet right there, I don’t know what is. A unicorn in a unicorn drink! Perfection.
Thirdly, I was able to bust out SO MANY fun toppers on this milkshake! (And yes, we’re getting to the actual shake in a second…but how can I concentrate on that when there are sparkly things to talk about?)
This baby is covered with all of my favorite things: lots of different sprinkles, including pearlescent gemstones, lollipops, rock candy, wafer cookies, and sour rainbow belts. All of them are optional—the icing on the cake, if you will—so you can use whatever you can dream up. Gumballs! Mini sprinkled doughnuts! Cotton candy! You get the idea.
Here’s the last cute thing to mention about these: see the polka dot designs on the cups? Those are actually mini marshmallows! You can DIY your own polka dot milkshake cups just by sticking the cut ends of marshmallows to the glass on the inside! Totally unnecessary, totally cute. I used multi-colored marshmallows, because, you know, restraint is not in my vocabulary.
As for the drink itself? It’s strawberry-based, but also has flavors of coconut, white chocolate, and macadamia nuts. Be still my heart.
I used a really tasty coconut-strawberry swirl ice cream as the base. If you can’t find something similar, I think regular strawberry ice cream with a dash of coconut extract would also be delicious! For the liquid, I used some International Delight creamer in the White Chocolate Macadamia flavor. Ummmmm, it’s ridiculously good. I didn’t taste the white chocolate too much, because strawberry was the dominant flavor, but the macadamia came through beautifully, and was such a nice compliment to the tropical coconut and strawberry.
If you can’t find this variety, a flavor like Sweet Cream or Vanilla would also work. And one thing I learned from my last International Delight post is that it’s not always available internationally (and I have a LOT of British and Australian readers…hi guys!). So if you can’t find International Delight at all, regular milk can be substitute just fine, or perhaps coconut milk in a carton, if that’s available to you.
Finally, I have to share a cute picture of my son enjoying a taste of this Unicorn Milkshake! He came home from school as I was finishing up the photographs, and his eyes just about popped out of his skull when he saw the rainbow candy wonderland on the table. He got a few slurps before dinner while I reminded him how cool his mom’s job is, is and what a lucky boy he is. (Chances he was listening? Less than 5%.)
So there you have it—these are kid-tested, SugarHero-approved. I hope you’ll hop on the unicorn train with me, and give this milkshake a try!
- 10 oz strawberry-coconut ice cream, (5 large scoops)
- 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- ½ cup International Delight Creamer, can substitute milk
- ½ cup fruity miniature marshmallows
- ¼ cup vanilla frosting
- ½ cup assorted sprinkles
- Whipped cream
- Decorative toppings, like lollipops, rock candy, wafer cookies, etc
- Combine the ice cream, strawberries, and White Chocolate Macadamia International Delight Creamer in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Snip the miniature marshmallows in half. Press the cut half of one marshmallow on the inside of a 10-oz glass, pressing firmly so that it sticks. Continue to add marshmallow “polka dots” inside the glass, and repeat with a second cup until both are decorated.
- Spread a thin layer of vanilla frosting around the top rim of each cup. Roll the frosting in sprinkles until the edge of the cup is entirely covered.
- Divide the milkshake between the cups. Top each cup with whipped cream, and add a big pinch of sprinkles to the top of the whipped cream.
- Now for the fun part…decorating! Add fun and colorful decorations like swirled lollipops, rock candy sticks, sour rainbow belts, wafer cookies, and unicorn straws. Enjoy immediately.
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Some of the decorations I used:
- Unicorn Straws
- Sour Rainbow Belts
- Twisty Rainbow Lollipops
- Rock Candy
- Star Lollipops
- Fruity Mini Marshmallows
About Elizabeth LaBau
I’m Elizabeth, but you can call me SugarHero! I’m a former pastry chef turned blogger, cookbook author, and baking instructor, and I consider myself sugar’s #1 fan. Learn more from my About page, or connect with me on social media: