When I was a teenager I used to walk to the bus stop and then ride a bus to the mall I worked at that was about 30 minutes from my house by car, about 45 minutes by bus. Every day during the summer, I would stop at the grocery store that the bus stop was located at and buy a single peach. I would walk the mile or so home eating that peach as the juices ran down my hand. If I was really lucky, and it was really juicy, my arm would be covered in sticky syrup as well.
Growing up in Utah, I think it’s a fact that we had more shave ice stands per capita than anywhere else on the entire planet. I live in Oregon now and we don’t have a single one where I live…we do have a food truck one that also sells acai bowls and it’s amazing, but it’s not a little snow shack like we had on every corner, and the prices are much more here. I digress, I was just going to say that I would always get the peach shave ice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the bottom and a drizzle of sweet cream on top. Peaches have a special place in my heart…and during the summer months in my belly as well. Then when I got home I would make a big bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough and eat it raw. It’s really a miracle I didn’t weigh 400 pounds as a teen and didn’t die of salmonella with the amount of raw eggs I have eaten in my life through cookie dough!
I could go on and tell you stories about my love affair of caramel, and how salted caramel may be one of the most delicious things on this planet…but I’m sure you feel the same way about salted caramel or else why are you reading about how to make a salted caramel peach shake? If you don’t feel the same way about salted caramel I feel bad for your taste buds that they don’t enjoy deliciousness! 😉
Salted Caramel Peach Shake
Being that it is national ice cream month, it seems fitting to have a homemade ice cream recipe up doesn’t it? I make ice cream in my Vitamix because I get to make my own flavors and I have everything on hand. I also know exactly what goes in it, so it’s got to be healthier which means I can eat more of it. It’s pretty much the best!
- Powdered Milk
- Salted Caramel
With the peach, I took off all the skin and cubed it. I have been loving the white peaches this year. I’ve been getting them by the case at Costco and eating them in about every scenario and recipe I can think of.
After 30 seconds or so we have delicious salty and sweet ice cream that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. That picture isn’t helping either. Sweet. cold, homemade ice cream! Is there anything better on a nice summer day?
This made about 3 of these mason jar mugs full, but I had to split it into 4 glasses to share with my kids. Boo. Stinking kids loved it too, so less for me.
This makes the perfect milkshake consistency, not too thick, not too thin. Totally drinkable through a straw and then you get to lick the extra caramel off the straw when you get to the end. It’s really quite heavenly.
I am super glad that I am an adult now and don’t work at a mall, or have to ride the bus, or don’t have to walk home from the bus stop. There is a small part of me though that wants to grab a peach and take a walk and let the sticky syrup coat my hand as I go…and then I want to dip my sticky hand in stickier salted caramel and lick my fingers like a 5 year old. It’s probably a good thing I’m all grown up and put away such childish ways. Ha! 😉 Between this and my new favorite Just Cookie Dough from HamptonCreek (that I literally eat raw with a spoon, with no guilt! Have you tried that stuff? Yum!), I am feeling pretty good about my summer dessert decisions!
What was your favorite treat as a kid or teenager? Obviously mine was peaches and cookie dough, but I would love to hear from you as well!