Is there anything more quintessentially summer than a toasted marshmallow? If there is, I don’t want to know about it! Give me a night around the campfire and a bag of marshmallows and I am one happy girl. But since campfires aren’t exactly an everyday thing around here, I knew I needed an alternative. And so, this toasted marshmallow milkshake recipe was born!
Yes, you read that right: toasted marshmallow milkshakes! And the best part? They’re seriously easy to make – no campfire required!
I am all about nostalgia when it comes to ice cream and other summer treats. Every year when I celebrate Ice Cream Week here on the blog, I always try to create recipes that bring me (and hopefully my readers!) back to the summers of childhood. Over the years I’ve created everything from pink bubblegum ice cream to no-churn marshmallow fluff ice cream and graham cracker ice cream sandwiches. YUM.
This year, I knew I needed to come up with even more great ice cream flavors and ice cream-related treats. And this toasted marshmallow shake is at the top of my list.
It’s creamy, it’s dreamy, it’s toasty and roasty. It’s summer in a chilly glass. You’re going to want to make these weekly – don’t say I didn’t warn you!
This simple recipe requires just four ingredients – most of which you probably already have in the house!
Obviously, for a toasted marshmallow milkshake recipe, we’re going to need some marshmallows. There’s nothing too special you need to worry about here – just grab your go-to brand of regular-sized marshmallows from the store. We’re going to toast them up in the oven before we blend them into the milkshake.
Vanilla ice cream is the base of our milkshake. And any time I want a seriously creamy milkshake, I know I need to reach for Hiland Dairy Vanilla. Hiland products are made from milk that comes from local farmers, so it’s fresh when it’s turned into ice cream. It also includes no artificial growth hormones and is rigorously tested for antibiotics, so you know you’re getting the best quality dairy. (P.S. If you’re buying Hiland Dairy products, make sure to check out their coupons!)
Any kind of milk will work for this milkshake. Personally, I like to go all-in when I’m making a shake and I usually opt for whole milk (another opportunity to use Hiland Dairy!). But you could definitely make this with 1% or skim milk, or even a dairy-free alternative if that’s what you had on hand.
I like to use Kosher salt for most of my cooking, but any salt will do! Grab whatever you have in the pantry and add it to your milkshake for a slightly salty twist that makes the sweetness even better.
Instead of building a fire in the backyard, we’re making toasted marshmallows under the broiler. Simply line a sheet pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Then put the marshmallows under the broiler for just a couple of minutes, watching them carefully so that they’re toasted, but not burned (unless, of course, you like a burnt marshmallow – I know I do!).
You could also toast the marshmallows with a kitchen torch if you have one, but I personally love the ease of just putting them on a baking pan and letting my oven do the work.
Once your marshmallows have reached your personal level of perfectly toasted, it’s time to blend. Add the Hiland Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream, toasted marshmallows, milk and salt to your blender. (Leave a few marshmallows out of the blender for garnish.) Blend everything together until it’s smooth and creamy.
This is probably the best step of all. Pour the milkshake into glasses and top with extra toasted marshmallows. Don’t be afraid to get creative, too! Add any other toppings you enjoy (personally, whipped cream is a must!).
There are so many ways to make this toasted marshmallow milkshake recipe your own! Let your creativity (and your taste buds) run wild and try some of these fun twists.
Let’s face it, graham crackers and chocolate can only make toasted marshmallows better. Top your toasted marshmallow milkshake with crushed graham crackers and chocolate shavings or chocolate sauce and you’ve got yourself a next-level treat.
I’m never one to turn down a little extra sweetness. I love the idea of drizzling some caramel or butterscotch sauce inside the glass or on top of this shake before serving. The combination of caramel and toasted marshmallows would be so good!
This variation is definitely less classic, but I know some people love flavored marshmallows. There are the classic Jet-Puffed fruit-flavored marshmallows, but it’s also fairly easy to find gourmet-flavored marshmallows online or even at the grocery store. Using flavored marshmallows will definitely change the flavor of this shake, but it could be really fun to try!
You definitely could! Marshmallows themselves are dairy-free, so you’d just have to switch out the milk and ice cream you’re using. I’m of course partial to the Hiland Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream, but if you’re working around an allergy you could try coconut milk ice cream or oat milk ice cream and a dairy-free milk alternative.
You don’t necessarily need a traditional blender to make this recipe (psst – if you need one, this is my favorite blender!). If you have an immersion blender, that could also work. The marshmallows may not get as smooth this way, but a slightly lumpy milkshake is better than no milkshake if you ask me!
You actually can! I find it a lot easier to work with actual marshmallows when making this recipe, but if you can’t find marshmallows or just already have fluff on hand, you could definitely use fluff to make this recipe. Simply spread marshmallow fluff in a thin layer on a baking pan lined with foil or a silicone baking mat and put it under the broiler for a few minutes, watching it carefully.
There’s a reason I celebrate ice cream week every year – I seriously love the stuff! And that’s good news for you because it means I have a ton of ice cream, milkshake and summer treat recipes to explore on the site.
Here are a few of my favorites:
And if you’re interested in creating more deliciousness with Hiland Dairy products, be sure to check out Hiland Dairy’s recipes too (including some created by yours truly!).
Real toasted marshmallow flavor throughout a creamy, rich milkshake. Easy to make with only a few ingredients. Classic flavors with a new twist.
12 Marshmallows (regular size)
4 cups Hiland Dairy Vanilla Ice Cream
¾ cup milk
Pinch of salt
*You can also use a kitchen torch to roast the marshmallows as well